Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History
Averill, Harvey E., 1884-1974
Harvey E. Averill (1884-1974), A1908, G1910, H1955, served as secretary and assistant treasurer of the board of trustees from 1921 to 1955.
Averill was born on November 23, 1884, in Barre, Vermont. After receiving some education in Brookline, Massachusetts, Averill returned to Vermont and finished his studies at Goddard Seminary. Averill then matriculated at Tufts, and received his B.A. in 1908 and his M.A. in 1910. Averill also attended Harvard Law School from 1909 to 1910.
While at Tufts, Averill served as editor of the Tufts Weekly from 1906 to 1907, was a member of the Ivy Society, and acted as president of Tower Cross, the senior honors society. Averill was also a member of the Zeta Psi fraternity.
After his graduation, Averill taught history and served as assistant principal at Goddard Seminary. From 1913 to 1920 he was a member of Goddard's board of trustees. He also worked as a teller at People's National Bank in Vermont. Averill married Theresa S. Dix on June 2, 1917, with whom he had two children, Mary and Althea.
In 1921, Averill moved to Boston and was hired as a teller at the First National Bank of Boston. The same year, he began his tenure as secretary and assistant treasurer of the Tufts board of trustees. He continued on the board until 1955, when he retired and moved back to Vermont. During the Commencement activities in 1955, Averill received an honorary degree in recognition of his many years of service to Tufts University.
Averill died, in Vermont, on May 10, 1974.