14 new members are elected to MIT Corporation


The MIT Corporation -- the Institute's board of trustees -- elected five life members and nine term members at its quarterly meeting on June 5, just before MIT's 132nd Commencement exercises. Alexander d'Arbeloff, chairman of the Corporation, announced the election results.

The following were elected to life membership, effective July 1:

William S. Edgerly '49, chairman emeritus, State Street Boston Corp. and State Street Bank and Trust Co., and chairman, Foundation for Partnerships.

Mr. Edgerly received the SB in economics and engineering from MIT in 1949 and the MBA from Harvard University in 1955. He served in the US Naval Reserve from 1945-46 and 1950-52.

In 1952, he began working in management for Cabot Corp., culminating in his being named financial vice president and director in 1969. In 1975, he became president and CEO of the State Street Bank. He served as president and chairman from 1976-85, and as chairman from 1985-92, when he became chairman emeritus.

Among his many civic commitments and professional responsibilities, he is a trustee of Northeastern University and the Museum of Science in Boston and a former director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

He has been a member of the MIT Corporation from 1971-76, 1973-74 (ex officio) and 1993-98, is a past president of the MIT Alumni Association (1973-74), and an MIT Sustaining Fellow Life Member. MIT honored him with the Bronze Beaver in 1971, and the Corporate Leadership Award in 1976.

David H. Koch '62, director and executive vice president, Chemical Technology, Koch Industries, Inc.

Mr. Koch graduated from Deerfield Academy in 1958. He received both the SB (1962) and SM (1963) in chemical engineering from MIT.

After a year as a laboratory research engineer at Amicon Corp in Cambridge, he spent the next three years at Arthur D. Little and the following three years at Halcon International Inc., and Scientific Design Co. (a Halcon subsidiary) in New York. He joined Koch Industries, Inc. in 1970 and has served in a variety of positions with the Koch Engineering Co. and Koch Membrane Systems. He is presently a director of Koch Industries and executive vice president for Chemical Technology. He is also a director of the CATO Institute for public policy.

Mr. Koch is vice chairman of the board of directors of the American Ballet Theater in New York and a trustee of the American Museum of Natural History, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital and New York Hospital, and a director of Earthwatch in Watertown, MA.

He has been a member of the Corporation since 1988 and is also a Sustaining Fellow Founding Life Member.

Patrick J. McGovern '59, founder, chairman and CEO, International Data Group, Inc. (IDG), the world's largest supplier of information services on information technology (IT).

Mr. McGovern received the BS in biology. In 1964, he founded IDG. A privately held company with revenues of more than $2 billion a year, IDG today publishes 285 magazines in 80 countries with titles such as Computerworld, PC World, Info-World, Network World and Macworld. IDG also conducts IT market research through a subsidiary, holds IT expositions and conferences, publishes computer books and provides training services.

Mr. McGovern received the MIT Corporate Leadership Award in 1987 and earned the James Smithsonian Bicentennial Medal in 1997.

He has been a member of the MIT Corporation since 1989, was a member of the Development Committee from 1984-96 and became a Sustaining Fellow Life Member in 1979.

Robert A. Muh '59, investment banker.

Mr. Muh received the SB in Management from MIT in 1959, then earned the MBA in 1961 and the MPhil from Columbia University in 1965.

After beginning his career at McKinsey and Co. in New York, he served as chairman of Newburger, Loeb and Co., Inc., and as president of Financial Services International. From 1978-87, he was associated with Bear Stearns and Co., Inc., first as head of the Los Angeles regional corporate finance department and beginning in 1984 as managing director in charge of the San Francisco region. Since 1987 he has been an independent investment banker.

Among his many MIT activities, Mr. Muh has been a Corporation member since 1988. He also served as president of the Alumni Association (1992-93) and is a Sustaining Fellow Founding Life Member. He was honored with the Bronze Beaver Award in 1986.

Richard P. Simmons '53, chairman and chairman of the Executive Committee, Allegheny Teledyne Inc.

Mr. Simmons received the SB degree in materials science and engineering from MIT in 1953. He began his career with Allegheny Ludlum Corp. in 1953 and after taking management positions with Republic Steel Corp. and Latrobe Steel. In 1968, he returned to Allegheny Ludlum and became president in 1972. In 1980 he and other management employees and private investors purchased the company. He was named chairman in 1986 and the following year, it once again became a public corporation traded on the New York Stock Exchange. In 1996, Allegheny Ludlum Corp. and Teledyne Inc. combined to become Allegheny Teledyne Inc.

Among Mr. Simmons's many professional responsibilities, he is a trustee of The Carnegie Foundation and Boy Scouts of America, was chairman and director of the United Way and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and is a director of PNC Bank Corp. and Consolidated Natural Gas Co.

He has been a member of the MIT Corporation since 1989, is a Sustaining Fellow Life Member, and received the MIT Corporate Leadership Award in 1976.

Mr. Simmons has received honorary doctorates from Washington and Jefferson College, Robert Morris College, Duquesne University and California University in Pennsylvania.

Elected to five-year term memberships, effective July 1, 1998, were the following (asterisks indicate Alumni Association nominees):

Norman R. Augustine, retired chairman and CEO, Lockheed Martin Corp. and a faculty member at Princeton University's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Mr. Augustine graduated cum laude from Princeton in 1957 with a BS in aeronautical engineering and the earned MS in engineering, also from Princeton, in 1959.

He had a distinguished career in business and public service, including five years (1965-70) as an assistant director of defense research in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, two years (1973-75) as assistant secretary of the Army and two years (1975-77) as undersecretary of the Army. In 1977, he joined Martin Marietta Corp., serving as president and chief operating officer before becoming CEO in 1987 and chairman in 1988, serving in those capacities until 1995. When Lockheed Martin was formed in 1995, he became CEO. He became vice chairman in 1996 and chairman in 1997. Also in 1997, he joined the Princeton faculty with the rank of professor.

Mr. Augustine is a trustee of Colonial Williamsburg and Johns Hopkins University and a director of Phillips Petroleum, Black and Decker, Procter & Gamble and Lockheed Martin Corp. He served as chairman of MIT Lincoln Laboratory's Advisory Board from 1986-90. He also is chairman of the American Red Cross and a former president of Boy Scouts of America.
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Gerald J. Burnett '64, managing partner, Visionary Corporate Technologies, Inc.

Gerald J. Burnett received the SB degree in electrical engineering and the SM in 1965 from MIT, and the PhD in computer science from Princeton University in 1970. After serving as an engineer at Rockwell and vice president of the information systems division of Index Systems, Dr. Burnett became the founding president in 1975 of one of the Teknekron, Inc., companies, a systems engineering and development firm specializing in advanced technology.

From 1975-89, Dr. Burnett and his associates at Teknekron built a number of successful technology-oriented businesses. He served as president of the parent company and CEO and chairman of many subsidiaries. He has been managing partner of Visionary Corporate Technologies since 1989.

Dr. Burnett was a member of the MIT Corporation from 1992-97, has been a member of the Development Committee since 1989 and is a Sustaining Fellows Life Member. MIT has honored him with the Henry B. Kane '24 Award.
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Glen V. Dorflinger '46,* senior partner, Partners International.

After receiving the SB in mechanical engineering, he began his career in industrial instrumentation with Fisher and Porter Co. in 1950. He has founded six companies, among them his present Partners International for manufacturing and distributing industrial process instruments, including one instrument that has been recognized as the world leader in industrial Doppler ultrasonic flow measurement.

He has been active in MIT activities and received the Bronze Beaver in 1996. He is also a trustee of the Dorflinger Foundation.
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John W. Jarve, Jr. '78*, general partner and managing director, Menlo Ventures.

Mr. Jarve received the SB and SM in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT and the MBA from Stanford University in 1983. in 1985, he joined Menlo Partners, a venture capital firm that provides early-stage financing to emerging growth companies in the software, communications, health care and Internet sections.

He was vice president of the Alumni Association in 1996 and is a member of the Corporation Development Committee. In 1991, he received the Harold E. Lobdell '17 Distinguished Service Award.
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Ronald A. Kurtz '54, president, Cambridge Corp.

Mr. Kurtz received the SB in industrial management in 1954 and in metallurgy in 1959. He earned the SM in metallurgy, also from MIT, in 1960.

He was president of Kulite Tungsten Corp. from 1970 until the sale of its Tungsten Division to CSM Industries in 1997. Kulite is a major producer of tungsten alloys and fabricator of these materials for use in the aerospace, medical, electronic and sporting goods industries. Cambridge Corp. is the resultant company after the sale of Kulite's Tungsten Division.

Mr. Kurtz has been a Corporation member since 1994 and a member of the Council for the Arts since 1993. He is a Sustaining Fellow Founding Life Member and in 1994 he received the Harold E. Lodbell '17 Distinguished Service Award.
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Robert M. Metcalfe '68*, executive correspondent, InfoWorld; vice president/technology, International Data Group (IDG).

Robert Metcalfe received the SB in electrical engineering and in management in 1969 as a member of the Class of '68. He received his master's degree in applied mathematics from Harvard University in 1970 and the PhD in computer science in 1973. While studying at Harvard, he was employed as a researcher at MIT's Project MAC.

A year after he began working at the Palo Alto Research Center of Xerox Corp., in 1973 he invented Ethernet, a system for local network communications. In 1979, he founded 3Com Corp. and oversaw its growth and development to achieve over $400 million in annual sales. He retired from 3Com in 1990 and became a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University in England. In 1992 he was named publisher/CEO of IDG's InfoWorld, a news-weekly for corporate PC managers. He became IDG's vice president for technology in 1994.

Mr. Metcalfe established the Robert Metcalfe Professorship in Engineering and the Liberal Arts at MIT in 1986. He was an MIT Corporation member from 1992-97 and 1997-98 (ex officio); president of the Alumni Association (1997-98) and a Sustaining Fellows Life Member. He received the Henry B. Kane Award in 1993 and the Corporate Leadership Award in 1987.

He has received honorary degrees from De Paul University and the University of Maine, both in 1997, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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Anthony Sun '73, managing general partner, Venrock Associates, a venture capital partnership representing the Rockefeller family in New York.

Mr. Sun was born in Bangkok, Thailand and grew up in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He came to the United States to attend MIT, where he received the BS and MS in electrical engineering in 1974 and the engineer's degree in 1975. He earned the MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business in 1979.

Mr. Sun has been a general partner of Ven-rock since 1970 and heads the firm's office in Menlo Park, CA. Recently, Ven-rock accepted seven major universities as investors, including MIT. He currently sits on the board of directors of more than a dozen high-tech companies, including six publicly traded companies, most located in Silicon Valley. He is also commissioner, vice president and a member of the Executive Committee of the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.
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Leslie Tang Schilling, founder and president, LTDD, Inc. and Golden Bay Investments, Inc.

Ms. Schilling received the BA in both economics and political science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1976. In 1979, she received a master's degree in international management from the American Graduate School of International Management in Glendale, AZ.

She worked from 1976-78 at Wells Fargo Bank and from 1979-81 at The Chartered Bank of London, both located in San Francisco. Since 1981, she has served as president of LTDD, Inc. and Golden Bay Investments, Inc., managing and investing a portfolio in real estate, bonds, currency hedges, Asian stocks, US equities, venture capital and small businesses.

Among her many civic and professional commitments, she is a trustee of the University of California at San Francisco Foundation and the San Francisco Zoological Society, and a past president of the Asian Business League of San Francisco. She has been a member of the MIT Corporation Development Committee since 1996.
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The nominee from recent classes, who will also serve a five-year term, is Matthew Julian Turner '96, duty director of intelligence for the United States Air Force.

Born in Bay Shore, NY, in 1973, Mr. Turner received the SB in mechanical engineering in 1996 and will receive the SB in political science in September 1998, also from MIT. A second lieutenant, he is duty director of intelligence in Europe at the Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany.

During his four years at MIT, Mr. Turner participated in more than 20 campus organizations. He was president of the Class of 1996 (1993-96), and has been executive agent of his class. He served as tutor and mentor to more than 50 Cambridge youths at the W.E.B. du-Bois Academy from 1993-96. He was the recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Outstanding Leadership Award in 1996, and both the American Veterans of Foreign Wars Citizenship Award and the Air Force ROTC Distinguished Cadet Award in 1994.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on June 10, 1998.


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