The Colgate Scene
January 2007


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. . . It was with sadness that I learned of Professor Robert Linsley's death in the September issue of the Colgate Scene. At virtually any academic level, teachers of the sciences are often plagued with having to convey factual information or formulas often perceived as mundane to even the interested student. Such was not the case with Dr. Linsley. In addition to being an outstanding scholar, Professor Linsley had the unique gift of bringing excitement to his lectures and discussions whether they pertained to fossil gastropods (paleontology class) or Newtonian physics in the old Core 100 days.

Having an interest in marine and aquatic biology, I was captivated by his passion for both the "living" and "historical" biological worlds. I had many professors through an undergraduate and graduate school career that was longer than I care to remember. Without hesitation, I can say that Dr. Linsley was one of the few professors who had a profound and lifelong impact upon me. His love of his profession and overall exuberance helped this very ordinary student to keep going forward with a dream.

I feel very fortunate to have had Dr. Linsley as a professor. I'm sure Colgate feels the same.

. . . Roger Goodrich '38 [Deaths], one of Rochester's best-known radio newscasters in the 1940s and '50s and a pioneer in local television, was one of my colleagues at WHEC-AM and TV for 14 years. A world traveler, Roger brought a wealth of knowledge and perspective to his job as a broadcast journalist, earning him numerous honors for excellence. His audiences will well remember the quality and depth of his reporting.

But Roger -- and his wife, Doris -- will also be remembered for their unbroken record of attendance at Colgate football games over a period of more than 60 years, garnering the couple a place in the record books.

My wife and I may have something of a record, too, having gone to at least one Colgate game with them every year for half a century. Memories of those football game days are indelible.

As for why Rog was to be found in the Colgate grandstand every Saturday afternoon from 1941 through 2004, it was that he, like so many collegians, had among the best times of his youth in those four years at his alma mater, loved the chance to return to the scene of those happy days, and to demonstrate his loyalty to the institution that helped shape his life.

Roger's burial took place in a small cemetary near his home in Ithaca not far from Cornell, one of the colleges he and Doris visited so many times as autumn arrived and Colgate's Raiders took to the field.

. . . The lead article in the November 2006 Scene ("The Art of Leadership") describes Colgate's effort to teach students leadership skills. Clearly this is a worthwhile endeavor. Yet, the article, and, apparently, Colgate, suggest that the fundamental principles of leadership will somehow be different during the 21st century than in the past. Ironically, the article concludes by noting that students in the GATE 101 course are asked to consider questions such as whether, as a leader, it is better to be liked or respected -- a question posed by Machiavelli in The Prince some five hundred years ago (Is it better to be loved or feared?). The more things change, it seems, the more they stay the same. Accordingly, I hope The Prince and other classics are part of the leadership curriculum.

. . . I enjoyed "What are we reading?" in the November Scene. I have always felt the core courses were a very important part of Colgate and had heard they have been de-emphasized. I have since digested the list of core courses in the curriculum on the Colgate website, which has deeply impressed me for both its breadth and relevance. I am very pleased to learn this still is the hub of Colgate's education.

I have been retired for almost 20 years, which has provided me more time to learn. I have explored many of the subjects on the corelist. I would have loved to have had their required or suggested reading lists. In fact, I would love to have the reading list from Professor Soja for Core 134 on The Sixth Extinction.

. . . The picture of Marv Hubbard '68 on page 23 of the November 2006 Scene incorrectly states that Marv was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame this past August. As a 40-year Oakland Raiders fan, I assure you that it was John Madden who was inducted, not Marv Hubbard, although in my opinion Marv Hubbard belongs there. He gained 4,544 yards with a 4.8-yard rushing average from 1969-1977 as a great Raiders running back. Another Colgate back who also played for the Oakland Raiders, Mark van Eeghen '74, gained 6,651 yards rushing with a 4.0 average, most of it with the Raiders (1974-1981) and two years with New England (ending in 1983). Mark also belongs in the Hall of Fame at Canton some day, so let's keep our fingers crossed for both of them. Marv was at the induction for John Madden, as were many of Madden's former players.

Editor's note: The Scene regrets the error.
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