Meet Rita and Gustave Hauser

Rita E. Hauser

Rita E. Hauser ‘59, president of the Hauser Foundation, is an international lawyer and was a senior partner for more than 20 years at the New York City law firm Stroock & Stroock & Lavan. She served on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board from 2009 to 2013 and on the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board from 2001 to 2004.

Elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in April 2012, Dr. Hauser chaired, for two decades (1993-2016), the International Peace Institute (a think tank for United Nations–related matters) and was on the Advisory Board of the International Crisis Group. She chaired the American Ditchley Foundation, supporting Great Britain’s leading conference center from 2006 through 2010, and was elected a governor of the British Ditchley Foundation in July 2010. She was a director of the International Advisory Council of the Lowy Institute for International Policy (Australia), the International Institute for Strategic Studies (UK; 1996-2006), and the RAND Corporation (1999-2009). Dr. Hauser was a vice chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board at Harvard Law School, national co-chair of the last Harvard University Campaign, and honorary chair of the current campaign. She holds advanced degrees from the University of Strasbourg, in France; Harvard and NYU law schools; and the University of Paris Law Faculty. In April 1997 she and her husband founded the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University (now the Hauser Institute for Civil Society).

She is a director of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City and a member of the Executive Committee. Dr. Hauser was a director of the New York Philharmonic-Symphony Society for more than 20 years.

Dr. Hauser also serves on the Board of Trustees of New York University School of Law. She was awarded the Judge Edward Weinfeld Award in 2008, as well as the Albert Gallatin Medal in 2006, which are the highest honors for public service of New York University, plus the Vanderbilt Medal in 2004, the highest honor of New York University School of Law. She was honored in 2008 with the Award of the Women’s Leadership Summit of Harvard Law School and in 1999 received the Harvard Medal for distinguished service to Harvard University.

Gustave M. Hauser

Gustave M. Hauser LLM ’57, a pioneer of the modern cable television industry, was chairman and CEO of Warner Cable Communications from 1973 to 1983, after which he established Hauser Communications Inc., a private company involved in cable television, international satellite, and other electronic communications.

He has been responsible for developing many cable programming innovations, such as MTV, Nickelodeon, pay-per-view, and various interactive services. His sale of major cable systems to Southwestern Bell Corp. (now AT&T) marked the entry of major telephone companies into the cable television industry.

Among his many public service activities, he was twice appointed by the president of the United States to serve, from 1970 through 1977, as director-at-large of the US Overseas Private Investment Corp. (the US government insurance company responsible for encouraging private foreign investment), of which he was a founder.

Hauser holds law degrees from Harvard Law School, NYU School of Law, and the University of Paris, France.