Physicist Georgi, Wife Named New Leverett House Masters

Professor known for accessibility, sense of humor; couple replaces Dowlings, who retire after 17-year term

He's a top-notch physicist and a barbecue gourmand. She's a Medical School lab manager and an enthusiastic equestrian.

Together the team of Howard and Ann B. Georgi will assume the Leverett House helm, having formally accepted the positions of co-masters on Friday.

"We couldn't be more delighted," said current House master John E. Dowling '57, who announced his retirement after 17 years of service in January. "Now's the time for new energies."

The Georgis--with two sons grown and out of their Topsfield, Mass. house--said they are ready to devote their efforts to maintaining a sense of community within the House and working to further strengthen the existing system of advising.

But they said they will hold back from making any sweeping changes until they are better acclimated to the House.

"One of the things we loved about Leverett was that there was a kind of family atmosphere to the House that was very important and that we'd like to do our best not to mess up," said Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics Howard Georgi '67. "I don't foresee making any dramatic changes in the immediate future."

A member of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) administrative committee on women, Howard Georgi said he and his wife hope to establish a program to encourage and support undergraduate women who are involved in the sciences.

Overall, both cited the opportunity for expanded contact with students as driving their enthusiasm for the positions.

"Howard loves interacting with the undergraduates...and I think that was one of the main reasons why he was so excited about being part of undergraduate life at Harvard," Ann Georgi said. "We're really excited about it and are looking forward to the fall."

Though the name "Georgi" was new to many House residents in the humanities, many students in the sciences said Professor Georgi is accessible--and fun.

"He has dedicated much time into trying to teach his students rather than just lecturing alone," said Danh C. Dang '98, who took Physics 15c: "Wave Phenomena" with Georgi.

"He's always available outside the class to answer questions and just to socially interact with students," Dang said. "At the annual physics barbecue he's quite famous for his tofu hot dogs."

According to JD Paul, a Leverett resident tutor in physics, Georgi is respected dent tutor in physics, Georgi is respected forhis academic and professional work.

"He's very well-regarded as a theorist, he wasvery well-regarded as a physics department chairand he's very will-regarded for his involvementwith undergraduates," Paul said. "I think it'sgreat choice."

"I only regret that I will be leaving nextyear, so I will no get the chance to greet himaround the house," Dang said.

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