A proud member of the Cincinnati community since 1869, the Harvard Club of Cincinnati is one of the first three Harvard alumni clubs established.  We are the oldest continuously active Club. HCC is a "home away from Cambridge" for all members of the Harvard community in Greater Cincinnati.  We host programs to foster fellowship, fun and continued intellectual challenge.  We are the face of Harvard College for local students and provide scholarship funds for admitted students. We maintain close ties with HBS Alumni Club, Harvard Law School Association and Cincy Young Ivy Alumni Club, as well as with Ivy and Seven Sister alumni groups.

Past Presidents of the Harvard Club of Cincinnati


2019-2020 Christopher Vuturo, 1993
2018-2019 Kathleen Molinsky, 1989
2017-2018 Gillian Benet Sella, 1987

2016-2017 Lori Gayle Nuckolls, 
2015-16 Couper Gardiner, 1973, GSD 1979

2014-15 Valerie Bogdan-Powers, 1989

2013-14 Marcy B. Taylor, 1984

2012-13 Perry Seal, MBA 1967

2011-12 Katherine Nappi, 1991

2010-11 James Black (moved mid-term) and Katherine Nappi

2009-10 Anthony Strike, 1978

2008-09 Daniel Cunningham, OPM 1999, Fellow 2012, KSG 2016

2007-08 Holly Huttenbauer

2006-07 Stephen Strauss, LLB 1965

2005-06 Ruth Rounding

2004-05 Kathleen Molinsky, 1989

2003-04 Fred Nelson

2002-03 Cynthia Williams, MAR 1980

2001-02 Murray S. Monroe, Jr. MArch 1994

2000-01 Mary Helen Weber, AM 1973

1999-00 Cedric W. Vogel, JD 1971

1998-99 Pamela S. Myers, JD 1976

1997-98 Alan M. Wolf, 1960, MBA 1963

1996-97 Margaret A. Lawson, JD 1982

1995-96 Thomas R. Schuck, JD 1976

1994-95 Sarah Raup Johnson, MBA 1979

1993-94 Mark H. Longenecker, Jr., TD 1976

1992-93 R. Carter Bobbitt, MD 1961

1991-92  Gilbert Richards 1950, MBA 1952

1990-91 John J. Frank, Jr., 1954

1989-90 Frank Welsh, MD 1966

1988-89 Stephen L. Black, 1970, TD 1974

1987-88 Wiley D. Dinsmore, 1956, JD 1961

1986-87 Daniel J. Hoffheimer, 1973

1985-86 Dennis J. Murphy, 1968

1984-85 Richardson McKinney, 1949

1983-84 James R. Bridgeland, Jr., AM 1955, LLB 1957

1982-83 Philip M. Meyers, Jr., MBA 1960

1981-82 John J. Murphy, 1959

1980-81 Harry M. Hoffheimer, 1934

1979-80 James L. Elder, LLB 1939

1978-79 Michael LeVine, 1952

1977-78 Justin E. Gale, 1948

1976-77 Robert F. Lovett, Jr., 1956

1975-76 John W. Morgan, 1943, MBA 1946

1974-75 Harris K. Weston, 1940, LLB 1943

1973-74 E. Pope Coleman, 1948

1972-73 Lawrence W. Ward, 1950

1971-72 John C. Heisler, 1948

1970-71 Samuel M. Allen, 1951

1969-70 Gilbert Bettman, 1938, LLB 1942

1968-69 Lucien Wulsin, Jr., 1939

1967-68 Joseph Rawson Collins, 1932, MBA 1934

1966-67 Donald I. Lowry, 1941

1965-66 Joseph S. Stern, Jr., 1940, MBA 1943

1964-65 Edward M. Thayer, 1937

1963-64 John H. Perry, 1939

1962-63 Thomas A. Bittenbender, 1936

1961-62 William Rowell Chase, 1926, AM 1928

1960-61 James G. Heathcote, 1923

1959-60 Laurence L. Davis, 1938

1958-59 Thomas M. Stanton, 1943

1957-58 James M.E. Mixter, 1940

1956-57 William S. Rowe, 1939

1955-56 Philip Wyman, 1910

1954-55 Erastus S. Allen, 1909

1953-54 John L. Magro, 1932

1952-53 Oliver M. Gale, Jr., 1931, MBA 1937

1951-52 C.L. Harrison, Jr., 1918

1950-51 Robert N. Gorman, 1918

1949-50 Edgar Friedlander, 1900

Campbell Dinsmore, 1926

1948-49 E. Webster Harrison, 1927

1947-48 William E. Anderson, 1926

1946-47 Paul Rogers, 1916

1945-46 William Procter Bell, 1920

1944-45 Marston Allen, 1908

1943-44 Walter M. Shohl, 1908

1942-43 Neil H. McElroy, 1925

1941-42 Neil H. McElroy, 1925

1940-41 W.E. Stillwell, 1925

1939-40 Charles W. Burrage, 1913

1938-39 Thurston Merrell, 1905

1937-38 Abbot Thayer, 1904

1936-37 John J. Rowe, 1907

1935-36 Franklin Hey Lawson, 1921

1934-35 Edward F. Alexander, 1899

1933-34 Charles E. Kiely, 1909

1932-33 Alfred Bettman, 1894

1931-32 Joseph C. Dinsmore, 1921

1930-31 S. Marcus Fechheimer, 1886

1929-30 John Weld Peck, 1896

1928-29 Charles H. Stephens, Jr., 1899

1927-28 Philip Wyman, 1910

1926-27 Lucien Wulsin, 1910

1925-26 John Weld Peck, 1896

1924-25 Frederick N. Chatfield, 1912

1923-24 Harold Willis Nichols, Sr., 1907

1922-23 Joseph Spencer Grandon, 1898

1921-22 Smith Hickenlooper, 1924

1920-21 John J. Rowe, 1907

1919-20 John J. Rowe, 1907

1918-19 Murray Seasongood, 1900

1917-18 Murray Seasongood, 1900

1916-17 Stanley W. Merrell, 1899

1915-16 Stanley W. Merrell, 1899

1914-15 Charles L. Harrison, 1886

1913-14 Stewart Shillito, 1879

1912-13 G.A. Thayer, 1869

1911-12 Gerrit S. Sykes, 1877

1910-11 Alfred M. ALlen, 1882

1909-10 Graham P. Hunt, 1882

1908-09 William W. Taylor, 1868

1907-08 Joseph H. Gest, 1880

1906-07 Charles T. Greve, 1884

1905-06 Stewart Shillito, 1879

1904-05 John R. Holmes, 1878

1903-04 John R. Holmes, 1878

1902-03 Joseph Wilby, 1875

1901-02 Elliot H. Pendelton, 1882

1900-01 Charles B. Wilby, 1870

1899-00 William Worthington, 1867

1892-1899  Julius Dexter, 1860

1891-92 Charles B. Wilby, 1870

1888-1891 William Worthington, 1867

1887-88 Manning F. Force, 1845

1871-87 Rufus King, 1838

1869-1871 Larz Anderson, 1822 

The Harvard Club Christmas Smoker    by Daniel J. Hoffheimer ’73, Archivist and (Distant) Past President.

How many of our Cincinnati Harvard Clubbers remember when we had “The Christmas Smoker”?  As time goes by, to quote that memorable song, fewer and fewer of us remain with such memories.  “The Christmas Smoker,” or just The Smoker, was what we now more inclusively and equitably call our “Holiday Party”. The name has changed from time to time.  I seem to recall “Winter Holiday,” “Winter Gathering,” and perhaps others.  In the good old days, which were not always so good, The Smoker was always held in the lower level (basement) of The Queen City Club.  That is the one on the SouthWEST corner of Fourth and Broadway, not the SouthEAST corner where The University Club stands.  In recent years, we have often had our holiday party, whatever we have called it, upstairs at The U Club. When began the tradition of our Club staking out the basement of The QCC? Well, I remember being taken there in the mid-1960s as the guest of my father, Harvard Class of 1934, and he remembered The Smoker nowhere else.  And, yes, people smoked, mostly cigars and pipes.

            The oldest president of The Club whom I remember was Murray Seasongood, Class of Aughty-Augt.  That’s 1900, not 2000.  I remember Mr. Seasongood, Club president in 1917-18, telling me a story at The Smoker about my grandfather, Judge Harry Hoffheimer Sr., Harvard class of 1899. Mind you, my grandfather died in 1926 when my father was only 14. The list of past presidents reads like a who’s-who of Cincinnati literati.  I also remember Neil H. McElroy (Secretary of Commerce in Eisenhower’s cabinet and CEO of P&G), William S. Rowe (CEO of Fifth Third Bank), James M.E. Mixter (Senior VP of Baldwin Piano), W. Rowell Chase, Thomas A. Bittenbender, Joseph S. Stern (CEO of U.S. Shoe),  Donald I. Lowry, J. Rawson Collins, Lucian Wulsin, Jr.—names that mean a great deal to us older-timers. More recently, but still denizens of the basement of The QCC for The Smoker, were Judge Gilbert Bettman, Samuel M. Allen (Schools Committee Chair when I applied to Harvard and still on the job when I came home to work with him on the committee), Lawrence W. Ward (architect of our Scholarship Fund), E. Pope Coleman, Harris Weston, and many more. I believe every Club member today should know something about each of these men, and others.  Not all of them smoked, but I would say that our Club still held The Smoker at The QCC until about the presidency of yours truly, Class of 1973, in 1986-87. I don’t remember when or why we left, but at some point, The QCC renovated its basement to its glamorous, and surely expensive, new fashion.

            What about Radcliffe and the women?! Well, there were a few women in attendance at The Smoker, but before 1973, or thereabouts, Radcliffe had its own club, and that glorious history is beyond my present scope. The first woman president of the combined ranks was not until 1994-95, Sarah Raup Johnson MBA ’79, and by then, The Smoker had become the Holiday Party and we had probably left The QCC.

            The records of our Club show that The Club held a dinner for all the Associated Harvard Clubs—at The QCC on December 13, 1902. Now, that would have been at the previous location of The QCC on Seventh Street, maybe in the basement, for today’s QCC building dates back to the 1920s. But if I had to guess, at that Harvard gathering in December 1902 there was the passing of cigars and much smoke was inhaled—by men only. The archives show that at that 1902 meeting of our Club “the singing was constant and generally on key.” We—that is, our Club--presented the Associated Harvard Clubs with “a very beautiful loving cup,” which was passed all around and admired by the group assembled. I wonder where that loving cup resides today? Each delegate was given an ash tray of the Rookwood Pottery.  On it is inscribed the word “Veritas.” My grandfather must have been there, and I possess that ashtray. Again in 1910, the Christmas Smoker was hosted at The QCC, and this time the guests honored were the Law School’s football team, captained by Hamilton Fish ’10.

            In those good old days, which were not always so good, our Club held its regular, and irregular, events at many places.  They include, in addition to The QCC, The University Club, The Cincinnati Country Club, The Bankers Club, The Cincinnati Club, The Phoenix Club, The Faculty Club of the University of Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Gym Grounds (wherever they were), the Cincinnati Zoo, the Hyde Park Country Club, the Camargo Country Club, Losantiville Country Club, the Gibson House, and many others. For us older-timers who knew the old-timers, our memories are laced with visions of the basement of The QCC at “The Christmas Smoker.”

                        --Daniel J. Hoffheimer ’73, Archivist and (Distant) Past President.