Harvard Divinity School Announces Alumni/ae Award Recipients


Harvard Divinity School has announced recipients of the two awards that are presented each June on its Alumni Day. At a luncheon held here on June 6, 2001, the First Decade Award will be given to Rick Santos, a Program Director for Church World Service who has worked throughout Southeast Asia, and the Rabbi Martin Katzenstein Award will be given to Archbishop Iakovos, who headed the Greek Orthodox Church of North and South America for 37 years.

The First Decade Award was established in 1983 by the Alumni Association of the Divinity School to recognize a graduate from the previous 10 years "whose vocation confirms our hope that God is present as justice, peace and beauty and whose achievement inspires our striving for truth, compassion, and service."

Santos, MTS '92, has spent more than 10 years living and working throughout Southeast Asia with people in need. Through the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and Church World Service, he has served in many capacities, including as a teacher in Thailand, a development officer in Vietnam and Bangladesh, and the administrator of a $2.5 million emergency Food-for-Work program in Indonesia. He currently serves as the Social and Economic Program Director for Church World Service in New York City. Santos grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut and received his BA from George Washington University.

The Rabbi Martin Katzenstein Award was established in 1979 to recognize a Divinity School graduate who exhibits "a passionate and helpful interest in the lives of other people, an informed and realistic faithfulness, an embodiment of the idea that love is not so much a feeling as a way of acting, and a reliable sense of humor." It honors Martin Katzenstein, ThM '58, who died in 1970 while he was the School's acting dean of students.

His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos, STM '45, served as Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church of North and South America from 1959 until his retirement in 1996. Known the world over for his commitment to social justice and ecumenism, which included marching side by side with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in the epochal 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, the beloved leader also successfully brought what was an immigrant church into the mainstream of American society. He was born on the Aegean Island of Imros, and currently resides in Rye, NY.