Graduation party at Chris Bell's house in Scranton, Pennsylvania

June 1992

With his ever-changing hairstyles, easy smile, and penchant for conversation, Anton made an important and lasting impression on all those who had the fortune to know him in his years at college. Indeed, between 1988 and 1992, his was one of the most ubiquitous, recognizable, and affable faces to be seen roaming the byways of Harvard's campus.

Many students first came to know Anton when he worked in the recreation center of the Freshman Union. Though resident in his frosh year at the infamous Pennypacker dormitory, Anton's real home that year was the basement of the Union where he took the time to teach many of us the great game of pool. It was evident early on, however, that Anton's skills and interests extended beyond the pool table. He was willing and able to speak on a variety of subjects. That was one reason he was able to connect with so many of his classmates: he was generous in mind and spirit. He was always eager to share experiences and stories; he was also eager to listen to those of others. Anthropology was clearly a fitting major for him: he was as interested in the social formations of, say, the Yanomamo Indians as those of, say, Winthrop House Dining Hall or the Bow and Arrow Pub.

Anton's connection to Harvard in a way began at birth when he was given the middle name Winthrop-Sakai, a tribute to the House he would go on to inhabit. He became a familiar and reassuring presence around the House, connecting with a variety of his housemates and regularly "holding court" in the billiard room or the dining hall. But he was not a parochial figure by any means. Indeed, it was difficult to walk through the Yard at any time with Anton and not have to stop several times as he caught up with friends and acquaintances from the Quad or other locales far afield. The hair may have changed from year to year, but the familiar smile, denoting his love of life, people, and conversation, always remained the same.

Chris Bell