01 Jun 2005
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Having retired from Congress after representing his western New York district for eighteen years, Amory Houghton Jr. (MBA ’52) is now working as a volunteer with his old friend, Bishop Thomas Shaw, head of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. “The arrangement reflects a long-standing friendship between the liberal bishop and the GOP politician, who share an interest in putting the values of their Christian faith into action in the secular arena,” the Boston Globe (March 7, 2005) reported.
Houghton, who himself at one time considered entering the ministry, will advise the diocese on public policy and the expression of faith in public life. He will also lend his expertise to nuts-and-bolts issues, such as assessing the financial risks involved in the diocese’s possible support for a housing project in the West Bank city of Ramallah. “It’s activity that’s preferable to my natural inclination to recline,” Houghton explained, adding that he wanted to “try to do something that is reasonably worthwhile.”
Class of MBA 1952, Section D