Adler memorial fund established at Harvard

The family of former Congressman John Adler has established a memorial fund at Harvard University to honor his work with veterans.

The John H. Adler Memorial Fund for Veterans Affairs, announced Tuesday on what would have been his 52nd birthday, will support interdisciplinary academic research and government policy work related to veterans.

“It is our family’s intent to continue John’s legacy of respect and support for veterans,” Shelley Levitan Adler said in a written statement. “It is a population that is sometimes sadly neglected, despite the tremendous personal sacrifices made by those individuals and their families.”

The family chose Harvard because Adler was a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he met his wife, also a graduate. Jeffrey Adler, the Adlers’ oldest son, graduated from Harvard College in May.

Adler, a Democrat, served in the state Senate from 1993 to 2009 and represented New Jersey’s Third District for one term in Congress. He lost to Republican Jon Runyan in 2010.

He died in April of a heart infection. He is survived by his wife and four sons.

Donations may be made online at, or through the Harvard University Office of the Recording Secretary, 124 Mt. Auburn St., Fourth Floor, Cambridge, Mass., 02138.