Summer 2017

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I was pleased, as a fellow organic chemist, to note the extensive and well-deserved laudatory description of Nobel Prize winner J. Fraser Stoddart [“The Right Chemistry,” spring 2017].
While I received my PhD nearly 20 years before Professor Stoddart, I could not have envisaged his seminal contributions to nanochemistry, which was essentially nonexistent during my career.
The editors of Northwestern magazine should be congratulated for an article that not only described his life but his many achievements, the latter in understandable language.
Nelson Marans
New York City

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Terry Franklin ’84 of Beverly Hills, Calif., is a partner and trusts and estates litigator at Sacks Glazier Franklin & Lodise in Los Angeles, where he handles will contests and family disputes. He uncovered a will contest within his own family. In 1847 his fourth great-uncle attacked the 1846 will left by his fourth great-grandfather, John, a white farmer in Florida, to emancipate his fourth great-grandmother, Lucy, John’s “mulatto slave” and their eight children and six grandchildren. Franklin has the 1847 will contest file, including the judge’s handwritten notes from the trial. He has been speaking to groups nationally and is developing a novel based on the story.

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