Boston University News Release


18th October, 1999

Boston University Recognizes Five Outstanding Alumni During Homecoming

FREDERICK KOBRICK
Frederick Kobrick, a resident of Sudbury, has received an alumni award from Boston University. Kobrick was one of five outstanding individuals selected this year to receive the award, which is the highest honor given by the University to its alumni. He was honored before a gathering of alumni, students, and parents at a ceremony held during the University’s Homecoming Weekend.

Kobrick is founder of Kobrick Capital Management, a Boston firm which manages private money for high net worth individuals and universities. He graduated from Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences in 1969 with a bachelor of arts degree in economics. He later received a master’s degree in investment management from Harvard Business School in 1971.

After receiving his master’s degree, Kobrick worked at Wellington Management Company as a security analyst and portfolio manager. In 1985 he became senior vice president at State Street Research and a member of the Equity Investment Committee. He left State Street Research in 1997 to start his own firm, centered on his investment philosophies and an entrepreneurial, creative culture.

Kobrick is a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society, Financial Analysts Federation, and Harvard Business School Association. Kobrick, a former trustee of Boston University, was recently inducted into the University’s Collegium of Distinguished Alumni for outstanding service to the University and society in general.

He resides in Sudbury with his wife Sherrill and two children.

TED HARBERT
Ted Harbert, recently named president of NBC Studios, has received an alumni award from Boston University. Harbert was one of five outstanding individuals selected this year to receive the award, which is the highest honor given by the University to its alumni. He was honored before a gathering of alumni, students, and parents at a ceremony held during the University’s Homecoming Weekend. Harbert graduated magna cum laude from Boston University’s College of Communication in 1977. While in college, he was a producer in the news department at WHDH Radio in Boston. In 1977, he joined ABC Entertainment as feature film coordinator. Harbert held many positions at ABC and was eventually named vice president of program planning and scheduling in 1983.

Throughout the 1980s, Harbert held vice presidential positions in motion pictures and scheduling for ABC Entertainment until he was named executive vice president for primetime in 1989. He became chairman and president of ABC in 1993. Harbert left the company in 1997 and signed an exclusive two-and-a-half year deal with DreamWorks SKG to develop and produce new television shows for the company.

As president of NBC Studios, Harbert is in charge of the development and production of television programming for primetime, daytime, late-night, and Saturday morning.

Harbert is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Executive Committee of Boston University’s College of Communication, and is the past president of the Hollywood Radio and Television Society. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife Susan and their children Emily and William.

MERWYN BAGAN
Dr. Merwyn Bagan, founder of Healthsource New Hampshire and Healthsource, Inc., has received an alumni award from Boston University. Bagan was one of five outstanding individuals selected this year to receive the award, which is the highest honor given by the University to its alumni. He was honored before a gathering of alumni, students, and parents at a ceremony held during the University’s Homecoming Weekend.

Bagan graduated from Boston University’s School of Medicine in 1962 with a medical degree. In 1995 he received an M.P.H. from the University’s School of Public Health, after retiring from neurosurgical practice in 1993. Bagan was president and chairman of Healthsource New Hampshire from 1985 to 1993 and chairman of Healthsource, Inc., from 1985 until 1997, when it was bought by CIGNA.

Since 1995, Bagan has lived in Nepal as a volunteer at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, where he helped establish neurosurgery and spinal units. Bagan has been instrumental in obtaining more than $1 million in medical equipment for the hospital, and he was named visiting professor at the Tribhuvan University Institute of Medicine’s Department of Surgery in 1997.

Bagan served as president of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the New England Medical Society. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the Ether Prize from Boston City Hospital, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University School of Medicine, where he serves on the Board of Visitors.

IDA LEWIS
Ida E. Lewis, editor-in-chief of the NAACP’s The New Crisis magazine, has received an alumni award from Boston University. Lewis was one of five outstanding individuals selected this year to receive the award, which is the highest honor given by the University to its alumni. She was honored before a gathering of alumni, students, and parents at a ceremony held during the University’s Homecoming Weekend.

Lewis graduated from Boston University’s College of Communication in 1956. She worked as a financial writer of the New York Amsterdam News from 1957 to 1960, and also as financial editor for The New York Age between 1959 and 1961. In the late 1960s, Lewis lived in Paris and wrote for Life, L’Express, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and other periodicals, and interviewed African dignitaries in Paris for BBC’s African Service.

In 1971, Lewis became the first editor-in-chief of Essence magazine, and later founded Encore American and Worldwide News, where she remained as publisher and editor-in-chief for ten years. She later worked as a political media consultant and a literary agent until 1998, when she became the first women editor-in-chief of The New Crisis. Lewis speaks frequently at conferences and colleges, and she taught a class at Boston University’s College of Communication in spring 1999.

Lewis’ professional honors include an award for excellence in journalism from the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life, the Woman of Distinction Award from Kingsborough College of the City University of New York, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from B.U.’s College of Communication. Lewis lives in New York City.



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