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Timeline 2001-2002

Nov. 7

Incumbent Kenneth E. Reeves ’72 edges out neighborhood activist John Pitkin by 59 votes for the ninth and final seat on the Cambridge City Council. After a preliminary count on election night, Reeves had held only a 12-vote lead.

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Nov. 11

A fire at the Eliot House grille forces the evacuation of hundreds of students from Eliot, Kirkland and Winthrop Houses. Though the fire causes significant smoke damage in the basement and closes the grille until February, there are no injuries.

Nov. 14

Nathan M. Pusey ’28, Harvard’s 24th president, dies at the age of 94. Serving during the 1950s and 1960s, his administration led the University’s first major fundraising campaign and also focused on undergraduate education. His presidency ended in controversy as a result of the 1969 bust of a University Hall takeover.

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