Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Memory at Middle Age

Not only do I now have to wear those $2.00 reading glasses (still at magnification 1.0, thanks) at the computer and any font less than 14 (forget about maps in the car at night or menus in dimly lit restaurants), now I have to suffer with an unreliable memory.

Yesterday in our weekly Business Section Meeting at my firm, an associate mentioned that he was working on a file representing a hospital against a donor who wanted his donation returned because the hospital was not using the funds as he proscribed at the time the donation was made. (Actually, the proscriptions were quite broad and we all agreed that the hospital was, in fact, using the donation appropriately but we're talking about ME here.)

I chimed in confidently that I'd read about a case involving a large donation made to Harvard early in the 20th Century that was to be used for specific purposes within what would later become the JFK School of Government. The heirs of the donors wanted the money back because Harvard wasn't using the donation sufficiently within the parameters of the donors' proscriptions.

Today the associate found this article in the New Mexican.

No, the donation was in fact made during JFK's term not in the early 20th Century. Donor graduated from Princeton in 1926 and I'm not even sure if the second quarter qualifies as "early."

Princeton, not Harvard; Woodrow Wilson, not Kennedy.

Suit was filed in 2002 so it's not like I read about this in law school. The indignity.

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