Allen Counter, Director of Harvard Foundation, Dies

July 12, 2017



Dr. S. Allen Counter, a neurology professor at Harvard Medical School and the director of the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations who worked for decades to make the University a more welcoming place for minorities, died Wednesday morning.


Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana announced Counter’s death in an email to students, writing that he died after “a brief illness.” As director of the Harvard Foundation since 1981, Counter worked with generations of students on programming to improve “intercultural, interracial, and inter-religious relations on Harvard campus.”

“In his time at Harvard, Allen has been a thoughtful teacher, leader, and mentor to many in our community. In a weary world, Allen's example lives in our hearts and minds. We are grateful for his friendship, and for the legacy that he has left for our College,” Khurana wrote.

According to his personal website, Counter had been working on new books on intercultural and race relations as well as neuroscience, in addition to a film with Will Smith based on his books about international exploration.

A memorial service will be planned in the fall, according to Khurana’s email.

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SOURCE: The Crimson