WPI Wire, Vol. 10, No. 2 - Summer 1996

Harvard appoints first Kaneb Professor

An endowed chair honoring the late Beton Michael Kaneb '25 has been established at Harvard University by his son, John A. Kaneb, a 1956 Harvard graduate and chief executive officer of Gulf Oil L.P., H.P. Hood Inc., the Catamount Companies, and other family controlled businesses and investment companies.

The first Beton Michael Kaneb Professor of National Security and Military Affairs is Stephen P. Rosen, a recently tenured professor in Harvard's Government Department. The younger Kaneb credits his father with nurturing his interest in military and security affairs.

A Worcester native, Beton "Mike" Kaneb, earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering at WPI in 1925. He established the Union Oil Co. in Boston during the Great Depression and later became principal of Central Oil Co. in Worcester. He founded Northeast Petroleum Industries in 1958, one year before his death. The Beton Michael Kaneb Memorial Scholarship Fund was established at WPI in 1966 by his sons, John and Albert Kaneb, to assist students from the Worcester public schools. The Kaneb family presence at WPI includes John's son, Stephen J. Kaneb '82, and his wife, Andrea J. (Fielding) Kaneb '84.

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