The 31st Annual Fogel DInner

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The Fogel DinnerOctober has swept in and things are moving right along here at the Harper Center. Our first deadline has just passed, the first-year students will soon begin recruiting for summer internships, and mid-terms are just around the corner.

Along with the hustle and bustle of settling in during the beginning of the quarter, we have had two really great events take place. Chicago Booth Live was held last Friday with a fantastic turn out, and we held our 31st Annual Fogel Dinner this week to celebrate the diversity of the Booth community.

Dr and Mrs. FogelThe Fogel dinner was hosted for thirty years by Professor Robert W. Fogel and his wife Enid, to recognize the under-represented students attending Chicago Booth. Enid Fogel, a former associate dean of students at Booth, passed away in September, 2007. In June this year, we sadly lost Professor Fogel. Needless to say, they are greatly missed in the Booth community.

Faculty and StaffEach year the Fogels would open their home in Chicago’s Hyde Park to the students, faculty and staff. They began each evening with supportive words, and the traditional ringing of the dinner bell that Enid loved to do so much, adding charm and elegance to the evening. She had a great sense of humor and always a good story to share about Professor Fogel and the challenges they survived as an inter-racial couple in the early 1950's. Dr. Fogel would hold court in his own living room and share words of wisdom to his guests who waited in line just to have an opportunity to speak with him. Dr. Fogel won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1993 and was a leading advocate for the use of quantitative methods in history.

Office of Diversity AffairsThis year’s dinner began with a welcome and remembrance from the Office of Diversity Affairs, co-hosts of this annual event, to acknowledge the significance of the evening and to honor Professor Fogel and Enid for all of their contributions to the Booth community and the support they offered to the under-represented students striving for success with their MBA. This evening gives the students a chance to mingle with their colleagues and staff to build and make new relationships.

Fogel Anniversary DinnerI was fortunate enough to know Dr. Fogel and Enid on a personal level. Both of them were extraordinarily nice people who were very generous with their time and support and I will miss them dearly. I am very honored to have known them and happy that we will keep their legacy alive by continuing to host the event in their honor.

Enjoy these photos of our alumni and students at this year's dinner.