Harvard Graduate School of Design is grateful to the alumni and friends who made planned gifts to benefit student financial aid, design research, and more. These individuals support the future of the GSD and create legacies that will endure for generations. Here are some of their stories.

Kay O Neil and David Nelson

Kay O’Neil MCRP ’78 and David Nelson MCRP ’78 Find Love, Give Back at the GSD

Statistical analysis and love don’t usually go together, but Kay O’Neil MCRP ’78 and David Nelson MCRP ’78 have found success with this unique pairing. To formalize that gratitude to the GSD, Kay and David have provided a generous gift to the school through their life insurance policy.
Doris Cole and Hal Goyette

Doris Cole AB ’59, MArch ’63 and Hal Goyette MArch ’54: An Intellectual Oasis

The Frances Loeb Library at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) has evolved over the decades to meet the needs of design research and an always changing curriculum and pedagogy. For noted architect and author Doris Cole AB ’59, MArch ’63 and architect and planner Harold Goyette MArch ’54, when it came time to find a home for their archives, the Loeb Library was a natural choice because their life’s work could benefit students, scholars, and design enthusiasts.

A Lasting and Significant Impact at the GSD: Thomas Holtz MArch ’77

Thomas Holtz MArch ’77 made his first mark on the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) library as an architectural draftsman. Holtz’s generosity and creativity built his second contribution to the library. The retired architect wanted to honor those who most influenced his graduate education and career: his parents and his design teacher Jerzy Soltan, the esteemed architect and beloved GSD professor who died in 2005. Through a charitable gift annuity and a future bequest, Holtz established the Jerzy Soltan Fund in memory of Leslie and Helen Holtz for the Frances Loeb Library.
Bart Voorsanger

Designing a Multidisciplinary Future at the GSD: Bart Voorsanger MArch ’64

Bart Voorsanger MArch ’64 understands the value of connected multidisciplinary design. The founding partner and principal of Voorsanger Architects PC in New York City, his firm works on projects ranging from small residential interiors to multi-million dollar residential and institutional buildings, many of which involve collaborations within other design disciplines. Voorsanger sees a future in which design disciplines increasingly intermingle. To ensure that students at the GSD are at the forefront of these intersections, he established the Voorsanger Fellowship Fund.
Henry Hoover

Building a Future at Harvard: The Henry B. Hoover Fellowship

In 1989, Henry B. (Harry) Hoover, Lucretia Hoover Giese PhD ’85, and Elizabeth Hoover Norman AM ’64—the three children of Harvard-trained architect Henry B. Hoover MArch ’26—decided to honor their father upon his death by establishing the Henry B. Hoover Fellowship. Its purpose is to benefit students in the Graduate School of Design, and it was established with gifts from family, friends, and colleagues.