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John Halvey, A82

About him

John Halvey has been called the "godfather" of outsourcing. The partner in the New York office of the law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy wrote the book - literally - on legal transactions involving corporations hiring out, or outsourcing, some of their business operations, often overseas. In 1995, Crain's named him among the 40 most successful people under 40 in New York City.

His mentor: a Tufts English professor

When he was a Tufts freshman, struggling to make the grade, Halvey said, a professor of English, Alan Lebowitz, lent him inspiration, and helped set him on the path to success. "Alan was my advisor and very much a mentor to me, at Tufts and after," he said.

His cause: the Humanities Center

His regard for a professor and friend has led Halvey to pledge a $100,000 gift toward the new Humanities Center at Tufts that will nourish the sort of great teaching for which Prof. Lebowitz and so many of his colleagues on The Hill are known.

"There's a tremendous amount of talent on Tufts' campus when it comes to the humanities," Halvey said. "I benefited greatly from the quality of the teachers at Tufts and this is a way to show my appreciation for the opportunities Tufts afforded me."