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Walter Clair '73 Receives Harvard Medal
Walter Clair '73 Receives Harvard Medal

Dr. Walter K. Clair '73 was recently named one of three recipients of the 2021 Harvard Medal, presented by the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA).

First awarded in 1981, the Harvard Medal is given to those who have demonstrated extraordinary service to the university in a variety of areas, including teaching, fundraising, leadership, innovation, administration, and volunteerism. Alumni, former faculty and staff, and members of organizations connected with Harvard are eligible for consideration. The medals will be presented virtually to the 2021 and 2020 recipients at the HAA's annual meeting on June 4.

"A deeply committed leader and mentor, Walter Clair has strengthened collaboration across Harvard's Schools and supported generations of students," read the HAA announcement. "Throughout his career, he has dedicated himself to supporting students of color, including through his work with the nonprofit mentoring program 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee, which seeks to enhance educational and economic opportunities for young Black men."

Dr. Clair, executive director of the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute from 2015 until this year, and now professor of clinical medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and vice chair for diversity and inclusion in the Department of Medicine, received the St. Mark's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2013. He was the Prize Day speaker in 2017.