Marjorie E. Kettell Distinguished Alum Award

About the Award

To honor the outstanding achievements of our alum in their respective paths post-cooperative living, the Harriet E. Richards Alumnae Association offers the Marjorie E. Kettell Distinguished Alumna Award.

The Distinguished Alumna Award serves to inspire the entire Harriet E. Richards Cooperative community — current students and alumnae alike — to strive to become their best selves.

Named in memory and honor of Dr. Marjorie E. Kettell, Class of 1947, the award is presented annually to bestow institutional recognition on one Harriet E. Richards Cooperative House alumna who has distinguished herself in her personal or professional life, in her intellectual pursuits, or in her dedication to service of community, country or society. The inaugural award was given in memory of Dr. Kettell herself and was presented to her husband Joseph Golner.

About Marjorie Kettell

Dr. Kettell lived in the HER House from 1943 to 1947 and served on the HER House Alumnae Association Board of Overseers in various capacities in the many decades that followed – including over 20 years as Board President. Through her leadership, Dr. Kettell provided those of us who followed in her footsteps with a clear vision of how HERAA could leverage its strong and vast network of alumnae for the long-term preservation of the HER House itself. Dr. Kettell was an incredibly distinguished woman, scholar, practitioner and community member.

Dr. Marjorie E. Kettell, Class of 1947
(1926 - 2015)

Nomination Guidelines

Please consider nominating yourself or one of your fellow alumnae for this award. Family, friends and colleagues are also welcome to submit nominations.

Please include the following information in your nomination:

    1. Nominee name, graduation year, academic major/concentration and current contact information.
    2. Nominator name and current contact information. Please explain your connection/affiliation with the nominee. Self-nominations are welcome.
    3. A summary of the nominee's accomplishments in her personal, professional, family or community life. (Approximately 250 words on why this person should be recognized by the HERAA community.)

Submission Deadline: Sunday, January 31, 2021

Submission Instructions

Please send the nomination information listed above by email, phone or mail to HERAA.
      • Email: with subject line "Distinguished Alumna Award nomination"
      • Phone: (617) 396-4371
      • Mail:
ATTN: Distinguished Alumna Award
191 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215
Awards Presentation

Awards will be presented at the Annual Meeting & Alumnae Tea each spring. Distinguished Alumna Award recipients have the chance to give a short presentation at the Meeting & Tea discussing their accomplishments or contributions.


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