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Bernard Osher '48 Inducted into American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Story posted October 12, 2009

Bernard Osher '48 was inducted as an American Academy of Arts & Sciences Fellow at a ceremony at the Academy's Cambridge, Mass., headquarters October 10, 2009.

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Bernard Osher '48

Recognized for his contributions through the Bernard Osher Foundation in San Francisco, Calif., Osher was among 15 inductees cited for their business, corporate and philanthropic leadership. Read about Osher's inclusion in BusinessWeek magazline's list of "The 50 Most Generous Philanthropists."

A native of Biddeford, Maine, Osher is an extraordinarily capable businessman whose quiet but steady philanthropy has enriched countless lives while strengthening important institutions in Maine and across the country.

The Bernard Osher Foundation, founded in 1977, seeks to improve quality of life for residents of California, Maine and elsewhere through post-secondary student scholarships and arts, cultural and educational grants. The Foundation also supports selected programs in integrative medicine as well as a national network of lifelong learning institutes. In recent years the Foundation has expanded scholarship funding to almost every state, targeting students ages 25 to 50 who have dropped out of college.

Osher Hall, dedicated May 11, 2007, and the Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery in the newly renovated Museum of Art were both made possible by Osher's generosity. Read more about Osher Hall.

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences, established in 1780 by College founder James Bowdoin II, John Adams, John Hancock and other scholar-patriots, undertakes studies of complex and emerging problems. Current projects focus on science, technology and global security; social policy and American institutions; the humanities and culture; and education.

The Academy has elected as members the finest minds and most influential leaders from each generation, including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin in the 18th century, and Daniel Webster and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the 19th.

In addition to Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill, the 20th century saw the election of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, of the Class of 1825, and former College President Robert H. Edwards (1990-2001).

The current membership includes more than 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.

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