Mr. Horace de Y. Lentz was a Harvard College graduate (Class of 1891), who then went on to become a lawyer and member of the bar in Carbon County, Pennsylvania. As the first agent of the Palmer Land Company, Mr. Lentz played an active part in the establishment of the now thriving town of Palmerton.
The terms of the Horace De Y Lentz Memorial Lectureship are as follows:
"[I bequeath]…to my Alma Mater, Harvard University, for the establishment of the Horace De Y. Lentz Memorial Lectureship, the income . . . to be used … for the giving of one or more lectures every third year by some outstanding Christian priest, minister or layman upon the inspiring things he may discern in the words: 'Christo et Ecclesiae' which appear upon the Harvard Seal."
Mr. Lentz also established a scholarship fund that provides financial aid to any students from Carbon County, Pennsylvania, who are students at any Harvard School. So, Mr. Lentz’s legacy lives on not only through teaching and in the lectures, but also through support for the students.
Additional information about past Lentz lectures will become available in the near future.