Nancy-Beth Gordon Sheerr ’67 Receives 2021 Harvard Medal
The Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) has announced that Nancy-Beth Gordon Sheerr ’67 will receive the 2021 Harvard Medal. 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 the University are eligible for consideration. Nancy-Beth will be presented with her medal virtually on June 4.
A passionate Harvard volunteer and proud alumna of Radcliffe College, Nancy-Beth has devoted her time, energy and talent to advancing Harvard’s mission. As chair of the Radcliffe College Board of Trustees from 1990 to 1999, she was instrumental in the successful Harvard-Radcliffe merger and the creation of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Today she continues to serve on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Harvard Radcliffe Institute.
Her longtime dedication to Harvard is also marked by decades of service to the HAA. Nancy-Beth chaired the Awards Committee, Schools and Scholarship Committee, and the HAA Recent Graduates Committee, and she helped drive initiatives focused on leading and inspiring volunteers, bolstering clubs and shared-interest groups (SIGs) and promoting organizational problem-solving. In addition, she was an HAA regional director for the Greater Delaware Valley from 2006 to 2010 and an HAA-appointed director for Radcliffe from 1972 to 1974. She was recognized with an HAA Award in 2010.
Deeply involved in her class and local Harvard activities, Nancy-Beth is a past president and longtime board member of the Harvard-Radcliffe Club of Philadelphia, an active class reunion committee member and past president of the Harvard-Radcliffe Class of 1971.
Nancy-Beth graduated cum laude from Radcliffe, where she studied social relations, and earned her master’s in psychology from Columbia University in 1978. Formerly a senior financial adviser at Veritable L.P., she is now an independent trustee for families and the Value Line Funds. She is also a former trustee and chair of The Baldwin School Board of Trustees. Nancy-Beth was awarded The Baldwin School Legacy Award in 2017, which was established to honor an alumna who has selflessly given her time, talent and treasure to Baldwin that stretches above and beyond.