Mei Shim '50 Establishes the Everett S. Olive Endowed Professorship
May 6, 2011
A piano recital celebrating a gift from Mei Shim ’50 for an endowed professorship in honor of her beloved professor, Everett Olive, was held at the home of John Hartog ’74 P’07, Margaret Hand P’07 and daughter Lea Hartog ’07 in Oakland, Calif. Pomona Professor of Music Genevieve Feiwen Lee, who was the first faculty member appointed to the endowed chair, performed for 50 guests.
“Everett Olive was an outstanding music professor, which is the reason I wanted to establish a professorship in his honor. He was wonderful and very good to me. He never watched his clock and had unlimited time, unlimited lessons. Even though I wasn’t a music major, playing piano was important to me. I’d played in China before coming to Pomona, but I didn’t have a music background. Professor Olive gave me that background and opportunity.” —Mei Shim ’50
“I was surprised and honored when I was told that I would be the first recipient of the Everett S. Olive Professorship and I was even more touched that Mei Shim wanted to honor her teacher with this named professorship and not use her own name. Of course, I can’t help noticing that I am probably the first Chinese American to receive a named professorship and that the donor is also Chinese. I was glad to meet Mei at the reception and hope that I will have a chance to talk to her again and learn more about Professor Olive. I can only hope to be as kind, generous and inspiring to my students as Professor Olive was to Mei.” —Genevieve Lee, Everett S. Olive Professor of Music