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Kurt Hertzfeld H1969

Kurt Hertzfeld  as interviewed by Peter Shea on August 30, 2007.  Excerpts from the interview are below.   Copies of the interview on DVD are in the open stack video collection of the Frost Library for borrowing, and are available for viewing in Archives and Special Collections or for purchase on request.

Kurt Hertzfeld was appointed Treasurer of Amherst College in 1968 and served until his retirement in 1981.  During his years at Amherst he participated in the implementation of coeducation and oversaw the implementation of the first computers for the college.  He was a witness to the turbulence of the sit-ins and protests against the Vietnam War and was a leader in bringing a more professional approach to the Office of Treasurer and the management of the endowment.

Peter Shea has served as Treasurer of the College since 2002.  He joined the College in 1987 as Associate Comptroller.  In 1988 he was named the College's Comptroller and Associate Treasurer and served in that capacity until 1997 when he was appointed Associate Treasurer and Director of the Budget. In 2001 he was named Acting Treasurer.

  • Hertzfeld describes the implementation of a new budget plan at Amherst:

 

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  • Hertzfeld talks about Amherst going co-ed:

 

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  • Hertzfeld talks about Amherst's relationship with the Folger Shakespeare Library:

 

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