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R. Keith Kane '22, the University's leading fund-raiser, was yesterday elected to the Harvard Corporation to succeed Grenville Clark '03, who retired after 19 years.

Kane's new post, a Fellow of the College, places him on one of the two governing boards of the University, the seven-man Corporation. The other governing group, the 30-member Board of Overseers, gave the life-time appointment its final approval yesterday morning in University Hall at its monthly meeting.

Kane, a New York lawyer, has been President Conant's closest assistant on fund-raising since the war; his most recent title was Special Advisor to the President. Kane's work has been to interest large donors in the University, leaving the small contributors to other men.

As an undergraduate, Kane played tackle on the varsity and captained the football squad in his senior year. He was First Marshal of his class at graduation and was Commencement First Marshal at his 25th reunion in 1947.

Academic Freedom Letters

Clark, a retired New York lawyer, outlined in 1949 the University's policy of unlimited academic freedom in a famous exchange of letters with Frank B. Ober, a Law School graduate. Olter had questioned the left-wing activities of Harlow Shapley '10, director of the Observatory, and John Clardt, Briggs-Copeland Assistant Professor of English Composition.

Clark is presently working on a revision of the Divinity School. Outside of the University, he is best-known for his work on army recruitment in both World Wars.

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