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Harvard-Westlake Announces the Creation of the Kutler Center for Independent Research and Interdisciplinary Studies

Posted: Thursday, June 17, 2010

On June 9, Head of Harvard-Westlake Jeanne Huybrechts announced the creation of the Kutler Center for Independent Research and Interdisciplinary Studies, along with an interrelated plan to modernize the Mudd Library on the Upper School campus. This project will be made possible through a lead gift from Jon and Sara Kutler.

The Kutler Center’s mission will be to cultivate and sustain independent research and interdisciplinary studies at Harvard-Westlake. It is named for Brendan Kutler, a member of the class of 2010, who died suddenly and unexpectedly in December 2009.

According to Jeanne Huybrechts, "At a school where there are many wonderful students, Brendan was a superstar – a serious intellectual with a luminous personality, a young man who excelled in high-level math and science classes but sampled from every academic department. And, Brendan was an especially good person – a generous and thoughtful friend to many and an unassuming leader of his class. He loved our school, and his teachers and classmates loved him.

"Over the past several months, Brendan’s parents, Jon and Sara, have engaged the School in a conversation about creating a lasting and meaningful memorial to their son at Harvard-Westlake. Their thinking and ours converged when we began to focus on the qualities that made Brendan a truly special intellect and human being. Brendan thrived in situations where he could figure things out on his own (independent research); and he enjoyed making connections among disparate academic disciplines (interdisciplinary study). What better tribute to Brendan Kutler than a program focused on those endeavors!"

To read about the Kutler Center's genesis and mission, click here.