• December 2008

In Appreciation

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Kevin Harrington, one of Massachusetts' foremost political leaders of the past half century and a member of the Foundation's Executive Committee since 1987. Mr. Harrington was first elected to the Massachusetts Senate in 1958 and served as Senate President from 1970 to 1978, but his larger imprint on Massachusetts government and politics extended way beyond the years in the Senate. A lover of history and politics and a teacher by nature, Mr. Harrington had a deep commitment to public service and respect for the institutions of democratic government while also displaying great skills and relish at the world of hard-nosed politics. As a member of the Executive Committee for two decades, Mr. Harrington helped guide the Foundation while explaining to business leaders the ways of Massachusetts government and politics. The Commonwealth and the Foundation are deeply indebted to him.