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Harvard receives $30 million gift from entrepreneur

One of Boston’s most successful businessmen, Joseph J. O’Donnell, has never forgotten how generously his alma mater, Harvard University, treated him as an ambitious young man from Everett.

“I was a scholarship kid all the way through Harvard and Harvard Business School,’’ O’Donnell, 67, said Tuesday in a phone interview. “I just want to make sure other bright young kids get that opportunity.’’

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