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Patti Fucci is HUL's Harvard Hero

Patti Fucci, senior staff assistant in the Office for Information Systems of the Harvard University Library, was named a "Harvard Hero" by University President Lawrence H. Summers. Fucci's award was part of the Central Administration's annual "Harvard Heroes" ceremony, which was held in Sanders Theatre on June 12. Through the 2002 Harvard Heroes program, the University singled out 46 of the Central Administration's approximately 3,000 employees for their extraordinary service. In the same awards ceremony, Fucci's husband André, an employee of Harvard's Emergency Mail Safety Team, was also honored as a Harvard Hero.

Fucci, who was born in Italy and emigrated to the US at the age of 9, grew up in nearby Everett and attended the Everett Public Schools. Initially, she came to Harvard in 1982 to work as a keypunch operator in computer services at Baker Library. Subsequently, she worked for the Central Administration's Office of Human Resources, and then, in 1992, Patti Fucci came to HUL's Office for Information Systems as a staff assistant. A decade later, Fucci is at the hub of a staff of more than 40 individuals whose purview is crucial to the day-to-day operation of the University's libraries. She is at the front line, fielding phone calls from every corner of the University, scheduling a daunting number of meetings, and providing support that is warm, friendly, and knowledgeable for the OIS as it has made the transition from the old to the new HOLLIS.

In the words of Tracey Robinson, head of OIS, "Patti truly embodies the spirit of the Harvard Hero award. She is often the first point of contact for hundreds of customers and colleagues in one of the University's busiest offices. For over 18 years, she has been a consistently affable but professional and well-informed guide for the varied HUL constituencies. She is formidable at multitasking—able to provide efficient administrative assistance for all of the staff, while sorting out client issues, and scheduling for over 40 colleagues. She is known for her cheerful manner and her ability to lighten spirits and restore calm even amidst the tumult of a dynamic and intense workplace. Patti's hard work, dedication, and willingness to take on 'other duties as required' make her truly one of Harvard's finest Heroes."

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