Allen Counter, a familiar face around the Biological Labs for more than 45 years, died on July 12 at the age of 73. He was an Assistant Professor in the CDB wing of the Biology Department from 1972 – 1977, and Associate Professor from 1977 – 1981. In 1981, he was appointed Founding Director of the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations, a position he held until his death. He worked with faculty and generations of Harvard students to create an inclusive atmosphere on campus, to make students from all backgrounds feel welcome. His major scientific interest was audition, and he continued research in this area, especially in the summers in Sweden, for all his time here. He was appointed a Clinical Professor of Neurology at the Medical School, but advised and mentored undergraduates over the years in his small office/laboratory on the fifth floor of the Biological Labs. He taught a Freshman Seminar on audition up through last year. He will be very much missed.
Dr. Counter’s memorial service to celebrate his life and lasting contributions to Harvard will be held on Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. in Memorial Church, and will be led by Professor Jonathan Walton, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church.