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. . . The January 1999 Scene brought news of the death of the two finest lecturers I had ever known, Doc Reading and Jim Mosel. Everyone knows how great Doc was and how he made history come alive and I still remember many of his sayings, many of which I can't repeat here. Jim Mosel, Class of 1940, was my professor of organizational psychology and adviser in the doctoral program at the business school at George Washington University. He did not have a doctorate and he did not write, but he was an incredible lecturer -- well organized -- and kept you interested with a wide knowledge of the latest scholarship. It seems to me that there is a message here for university administrations that by far the two best lecturers I ever sat through did not write, and one did not have a doctorate! It is ironic that their deaths both came at the same time.
BOB YOUKER '55
Doug, not just "Doc"
Toward the end of my Colgate career, and for the rest of his life, I came to know Doug, not just "Doc," and I saw someone else entirely. I found a man of depth and sensibility, a lover of dogs and watcher of birds, a world traveler and connoisseur of fine wines and hotels, a considerate husband to his wife Janie, and a great lover of music in general and the violin in particular. In this latter regard I have another Reading memory that will stay with me as long as the Brusilov one (over which we laughed a lot). One day, at brunch at the Inn, in an inspired moment, Doug compared Napoleon's deployment of his troops at Austerlitz to the movements and tempi of Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata. It was no less adept or original a metaphor than the hippopotamus. But then, Doug was a man of parts.
He was equally a practitioner of friendship, and for that, even more than for his gift to many of us of his love for European history, I shall remember him gratefully all the days of my life.
STEVEN ENGLUND '67
Television is justly maligned as an intellectual wasteland, but it affects more people than any other medium. So what kind of people would you like to have contributing to it? These people have a strong sense of what Colgate gave to them, too, and as John says, "You have to keep in touch with that person." The sense of confidence that Ray describes -- "that you could tackle something on your own and accomplish something" -- is made possible in an environment where such things are valued. That seldom happens at large universities, no matter how good they are. These alumni not only gained that perspective, they passed it on to their peers. Based on my recent visits to campus, there are many such future alumni in the wings. They couldn't find better role models than these six.
KEVIN PADIAN '72
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