October 14, 1994
The Stephenson family has been actively involved with Harvard Athletics for three generations and associated with the University for four. The family's longstanding dedication to Harvard and its athletics programs led Thomas Stephenson '64 to offer three significant gestures of generosity: the 1994 gift to establish the first endowed position in the Department of Athletics; the lead gift to the Women's Athletic Challenge Fund which led to more than $15 million in contributions; and the lead gift for the 2006 Harvard Stadium Renovation. Reflecting the entire family's commitment to Harvard, the name of the football head coach endowment lacks a middle initial in order to recognize the many years of involvement of Stephenson's father, Thomas Stephenson '37, AM '38, as a member of the varsity basketball team and as the sports information director in the Department of Athletics. In addition, two of Stephenson's daughters, Tenley '91 and Anne '98, played soccer and lacrosse, respectively, and his grandfather, Gilbert Thomas Stephenson, was a graduate of Harvard Law School.