Spring 2015

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In your last issue there was a wonderful eulogy for James Foley [“Passings,” page 60, winter 2014], who was murdered by ISIS in Syria. However, you mentioned that prior to his journalism career he had volunteered with Teach for America.
James Foley did not volunteer. Rather, he was recruited at Northwestern by Teach for America, just as I was recruited in 1993. We both took extensive graduate coursework to become certified teachers who formally taught students and were paid to do so. According to the Teach for America alumni magazine, he began teaching in 1996 and then spent four years as an elementary school teacher in Phoenix, where he made “an indelible impression on students.”
Before taking on global challenges, James was dedicated to promoting educational equity here at home.
Samina Hadi-Tabassum ’93
Oak Park, Ill.

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Class Note of the Day

Hugh Ryan ’52 DDS of Downers Grove, Ill., enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps shortly after Pearl Harbor. He was underweight to get into the service, so he ate 28 bananas on check-in day and passed his physical. He trained in a Boeing-Stearman Model 75 biplane. He flew that same airplane two years ago at the age of 89. Ryan recently flew on an Honor Flight, which transports veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the war memorials. After serving in World War II, he continued his education at Northwestern. Ryan had a dental practice in Downers Grove for more than 40 years. He enjoyed backpacking in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and served as parish historian for his church. Ryan says his most remarkable accomplishment is raising six children with his late wife, Mary. She died in 1999.

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