History and Purpose

The Harvard Club of Lee County was founded in 1986 by Sylvia Gerson MA ’70 PhD ’75. Sylvia served as the club’s president for the first 16 seasons.  One reason for developing a Harvard Club in Lee County was to arrange events for alumni that were more conveniently located than those offered by the Harvard Club of Naples, which was founded two years earlier in Collier County.


A second reason was to facilitate the interaction of Harvard alumni with the high schools of Lee County. The focus of this involvement is interviewing Lee County High School seniors who are applicants to Harvard College in support of the admission process. Sylvia served as chair of the club’s school committee for the first 25 seasons.


Today, the purpose of HCLC remains two-fold: to arrange events for members and their guests that bring us together in fellowship for recreation and education; and to assist the admission process of Harvard College for seniors of Lee County high schools.


We are small in numbers, averaging about forty members over the years. Most are seasonal residents, retirees with winter homes in Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Sanibel, Fort Myers Beach, Estero or Bonita Springs. Our events, available for current members and their guests, are focused on venues in Lee County. These are casual affairs featuring fellowship, education, recreation and entertainment. The Princeton and Yale clubs of Fort Myers, similar to ours in numbers and nature, often share events.