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1Name:  Mr. Edward A. Montgomery
 Institution:  Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
 Year Elected:  2017
 Class:  5. The Arts, Professions, and Leaders in Public & Private Affairs
 Subdivision:  503. Administrators, Bankers and Opinion Leaders from the Public or Private Sectors
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1935
   
 
Edward A. Montgomery, Jr., 82, graduated from Deerfield Academy; he received a BA and LLD from Trinity College, and attended Harvard Business School. He joined Mellon Bank's management training program in 1959, and worked in Data Processing, Cash Management, Credit Policy and Corporate Banking. From 1970 to 1974 he was a Vice President responsible for corporate lending in the New York City division of the Corporate Banking Department. In 1974, he became Manager of the International Banking Department's London Office with responsibility for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In 1977, he returned to the States to become a Senior Vice President of Mellon Bank, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Mellon National Mortgage Corporation. In 1985, he became Vice Chairman of Mellon Bank Corporation and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mellon Bank (East). On August 1, 1989, he retired from the Bank. Upon retirement, he served as the 1989/1990 Campaign Chairman for the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania. He joined the staff of the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania in January 1990 as Vice President of Resource Development and a member of the Management Committee. In 1995 he assumed responsibility for the Tocqueville Society (individuals who give over $10,000 annually) and individual leadership donors outside the workplace. At the end of 2010 he retired from United Way. He is now a volunteer with United Way, Honorary Chair, Endowment Campaign, a volunteer consultant for United Way Worldwide, and a consultant for not for profits about fundraising, and board roles and responsibilities. He is Vice Chair of the Curtis Institute of Music, Chair of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Royal Oak Foundation. He is a Trustee of the Isabel Rockefeller Trust, the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation, and the Byerschool Foundation. He is on the board of the Marlboro Music School and Festival, Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce (past chairman), Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, Teach for America Greater Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Empowerment Zone Finance Committee. He is Trustee Emeritus of the Academy of Natural Sciences (past chairman), Opportunities Industrial Center, the Philadelphia Orchestra Association and Trinity College (past chairman). He is a retired director of Fisher Scientifics International, Mellon Bank Corporation, Pullman Corporation, and Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. From 1956 to 1958, he served in the US Army's 82nd Airborne Division. He and his wife Susan (who died in January 2015) have two daughters and two grandsons. Awards: 2014 United Way Worldwide Lifetime Service Award 2014 John Haas Regional Champion Award – UWGPSNJ 1986 Community Leader of the Year – Arthritis Foundation Past Affiliations: Elderhostel Board 12 years beginning in 1990-2003 (one year off) Chairman of the Board Ft. Mifflin 1994-1998 Chairman of the Philadelphia Historical Commission 1987-1994 Chairman and Board member Prince Music Theater 1985-2000
 
2Name:  President Barack Obama
 Year Elected:  2017
 Class:  5. The Arts, Professions, and Leaders in Public & Private Affairs
 Subdivision:  503. Administrators, Bankers and Opinion Leaders from the Public or Private Sectors
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1961
   
 
Barack Obama (Barack Hussein Obama II), fourty-fourth president of the United States, was born August 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Though he was largely raised in Hawaii, he also spent time in Indonesia and in Washington State during his childhood. He attended Occidental College for two years, before transferring to Columbia University. He received a B.A. degree from Columbia in 1983. From 1985-88 Obama worked as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago. As director of the Developing Communities Project he worked with several area churches to organize job training, create education and employment opportunities for young people, and advocate for tenant rights. After entering Harvard Law School in 1988 he became the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. He graduated magna cum laude in 1991 with a J.D. degree. Following his graduation Obama began working at University of Chicago Law School, as lecturer from 1992-96 and as senior lecturer from 1996-2004. During this time in Chicago he served on the boards of several Chicago non-profits and in 1992 directed Illinois's Project Vote. He was an attorney with a civil rights law firm from 1993-2004. In 1995 Barack Obama's book Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance was published. The book received great acclaim and was republished in 2004. He was elected to the Illinois Senate in 1996. He lost a primary campaign for Congress in 2000 but was elected a United States Senator in 2004. During the campaign, in July 2004, he delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention. In 2006 his second book, The Audacity of Hope, was published. On February 10, 2007 Barack Obama announced his campaign from President. Obama won the Democratic Party nomination and defeated John McCain in the general election held on November 4, 2008. Barack Obama served as President of the United States from January 20, 2009 to January 20, 2017. His administration's oversaw economic recovery and growth following the 2008 financial crisis, including a significant reduction of unemployment. One of Obama's signature domestic policy accomplishments was healthcare reform. In the foreign policy arena, his administration's achievements include the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia, normalization of diplomatic relations with Cuba, and a renewed focus on America's relationships in the Pacific region. Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009. Since leaving office Obama has advocated for climate issues, disaster relief efforts, and civic engagement. His Obama Foundation trains and supports civic leaders through programs like Community Leadership Corps, My Brother's Keeper Alliance, and the Obama Foundation Scholars and Fellowship programs.
 
3Name:  Professor Louise Richardson
 Institution:  University of Oxford
 Year Elected:  2017
 Class:  5. The Arts, Professions, and Leaders in Public & Private Affairs
 Subdivision:  503. Administrators, Bankers and Opinion Leaders from the Public or Private Sectors
 Residency:  International
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1958
   
 
Professor Louise Richardson became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford on 1 January 2016, having previously served as Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews, Scotland, for seven years. A political scientist by training, Professor Richardson received a BA in History from Trinity College, Dublin, in her native Ireland. She then studied in the USA, graduating with an MA in Political Science from UCLA, and subsequently an MA and PhD in Government from Harvard University. Professor Richardson’s research specialises in international security with a particular emphasis on terrorist movements. She has written widely on international terrorism, British foreign and defence policy, security institutions, and international relations. Her publications include Democracy and Counterterrorism: Lessons from the Past (2007), What Terrorists Want: Understanding the Enemy, Containing the Threat (2006), The Roots of Terrorism (2006), and When Allies Differ (1996). Professor Richardson’s commitment to teaching won her both the Levenson Prize and the Abramson Prize during her time at Harvard University where she was Assistant and Associate Professor in the Harvard Government Department from 1989-2001, serving as Head Tutor for several of those years. As Executive Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard 2001-2008, she was instrumental in its transformation into an interdisciplinary centre promoting scholarship across academic fields and the creative arts. Professor Richardson has lectured on the subject of terrorism and counter-terrorism to public, professional, media and education groups across the world, and served on the editorial boards of a number of journals and presses. Her work has been widely recognised through the awarding of prizes such as the Sumner Prize for work towards the prevention of war and the establishment of universal peace and with Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Centennial Medal. She also holds honorary doctorates from the Universities of Aberdeen and St Andrews in Scotland; Trinity College Dublin and Queen’s College Belfast in Ireland; Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) in Russia; and the University of the West Indies. The Vice-Chancellor currently serves as a trustee on a number of non-profit groups, including the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Booker Prize Foundation and the Scottish WWI Commemorations Panel. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Social Sciences in the United Kingdom, an Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
 
4Name:  Dr. David Skorton
 Institution:  Association of American Medical Colleges
 Year Elected:  2017
 Class:  5. The Arts, Professions, and Leaders in Public & Private Affairs
 Subdivision:  503. Administrators, Bankers and Opinion Leaders from the Public or Private Sectors
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1949
   
 
David J. Skorton was the 13th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, overseeing 19 museums, the National Zoo, 21 libraries, several research centers, and numerous education units and centers. Dr. Skorton is a board-certified cardiologist and the first physician to lead the Smithsonian. Dr. Skorton is currently a Distinguished Professor at Georgetown University and previously served as the president of Cornell University. He was also a professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medical College and in Cornell's Department of Biomedical Engineering. Before that, he was president of the University of Iowa and a professor there for 26 years. In 2019 he left the Smithsonian to become president and CEO of the American Association of Medical Colleges. Dr. Skorton received his bachelor's degree in psychology and his medical degree from Northwestern University. He completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowship in cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles.
 
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