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Mr. Harold Gershowitz, Doctorate in Humane Letters, honoris causa

Mr. Harold Gershowitz is the Chairman of New Century Information Services and the retired Corporate Senior Vice President of Waste Management, Inc., where he worked for 20 years. He earned a B.A. in Public Administration from the University of Maryland.

In addition to his long, successful business career, Mr. Gershowitz is a  poet and the author of the award-winning novel, Remember This Dream. He also has a long-standing commitment to both local and national community service. In 1969, he founded and served as the first Chairman of the National Capital Tay-Sachs Foundation in Washington, D.C., which established the nation’s first genetic testing laboratory for Tay-Sachs Disease at Johns Hopkins University.

A strong believer in the vital importance of Holocaust education and remembrance, Mr. Gershowitz was appointed by Presidents George H. W. Bush and William Jefferson Clinton to serve on the Governing Council and Executive Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Through his leadership and tireless work, this great educational institution was built and sustained. Additionally, he served the Anti-Defamation League for many years and was awarded in 1994 the League’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Harold Gershowitz has been a leading participant in the Catholic-Jewish dialogue in Chicago. He has served on the National Advisory Board of the Bernardin Center at Catholic Theological Union and spearheaded the campaign to endow the Directorship of the Catholic-Jewish Studies Program at CTU.