Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History

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Zimman, Harold O., 1916-1994


Harold O. Zimman (1916-1994), A1938, publisher of sports magazines and former member of the United States Olympic Committee, maintained a life-long connection to Tufts as a student athlete, benefactor, and trustee. He was a strong supporter of Tufts athletics, serving on the department's board of overseers and serving as the major benefactor of the Zimman Football Field at Ellis Oval and the Zimman Room of the fitness center in , which were both named in his honor.

Born April 13, 1916, and raised in Lynn, Massachusetts, Zimman graduated from Classical High School in 1934 before entering Tufts College. As an undergraduate, he played on the football teams an offensive lineman, captaining the squad for the 1937 season. After graduating in 1938, Zimman founded H.O. Zimman, Inc., which produced programs for high school and collegiate athletic teams, and printed materials for other sports publications. His company also published the programs for United States Tennis Association (USTA) tournaments, including the US Open. Working with his wife, Helen, Zimman published The Olympian, the United States Olympic Committee's magazine, for almost fifty years.

Zimman was a strong supporter of the Olympics, serving on the board of directors of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) from 1972-1988. He recognized the need for dialogue with athletes and promoted changes that revolutionized the organization. He also headed both USOC and USTA's public relations committees. He was presented the Olympic Order for meritorious service to the Olympic movement in 1993. The following year, the USTA presented Zimman with the Samuel Hardy Award for long and outstanding service to tennis. He was also instrumental in the founding of Israel's World Maccabiah Games, which are an Olympic-like competitions for Jewish athletes, and the United States Committee, Sports for Israel.

In 1992, Zimman made it possible for Tufts to present USOC with its successful proposal for the university's Talloires campus to be used as the headquarters of the committee and host families of US Olympians during the winter games at Albertville, France.

Zimman died of heart failure December 14, 1994, in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Source: TA, Spring 1995; TD, January 18, 1995; NYT, December 16, 1994; SSDI; BH, Decenber 16, 1994

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Department of Anesthesia, 1970
Department of Art and Art History, 1930
Department of Biochemistry, 1893
Department of Chemistry, 1882
Department of Community Health, 1930
Department of Dermatology, 1897
The Department of Economics, 1946
Department of Medicine, 1893
Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology
Department of Neurology, 1893
Department of Neuroscience, 1983
Department of Neurosurgery, 1951
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1893
Department of Ophthamology, 1893
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, 1906
Department of Otolaryngology, 1895
Department of Pathology, 1893
Department of Pediatrics, 1930
Department of Pharmacology, 1915
Department of Physics and Astronomy, 1854
Department of Physiology, 1893
Department of Psychiatry, 1928
Department of Radiation Oncology, 1968
Department of Radiology, 1915
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, 1955
Department of Surgery, 1893
Department of Urban and Environmental Policy, 1973
Department of Urology, 1910
Dental Health Sciences Building, 1969
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Dewick/MacPhie Dining Hall, 1959
Dickson Professorship of English and American History, 1913
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Donald A. Cowdery Memorial Scholarship, 1946
Dr. Benjamin Andrews Professorship of Surgery, 1987
Dr. Philip E. A. Sheridan Prize, 1977
The Drug Bust, 1970
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