Oral History Interview with Kurt Hertzfeld

Interviewed by Peter Shea on Aug. 20, 2007

Kurt Hertzfeld, former Amherst College treasurer, interviewed by Peter Shea, who was the current college treasurer at the time of the interview.


Kurt Herzfeld 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 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 served as treasurer of Amherst College from 2002 to 2012. He joined the college in 1987 as associate comptroller. In 1988 he was named the college's comptroller and assistant 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.

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