Not on the Ball
Regarding your cover story “On the Ball” [summer 2003] on alumni in professional sports management, you missed one — me!
Daryl Morey (McC96)
Vice president of operations and information
I just finished Scott Holter’s article [“On the Ball”] and wish he had gotten his facts correct.
Rick Sund did play basketball at Northwestern in 1971–73. However,
the leading scorers during those years were Barry Moran and Mark Sibley.
Sund did not graduate as Northwestern’s all-time leading scorer;
the leading scorer at the time was Jim Burns.
When I became seriously ill in spring quarter of my senior year, he saw to it that my other instructors were contacted and that I graduated on schedule.
He also encouraged me some years later when I was writing and doing
historical research about Eugene V. Debs for the Northwest Herald in
McHenry Country, Ill.
Joan Leichtfuss Abernethy (WCAS52)
Neena B. Schwartz (GFSM50, 53)
William Johnson (FSM53)
Editor’s note: Megan Fellman is a talented science writer who has an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Notre Dame. She began writing about science and engineering when she worked at Illinois Institute of Technology and she soon discovered that she really enjoyed it. Just more proof that English majors can write about anything!
Call for Norris Center Expansion
Charles E. Bartling (GJ62)
Honoring the Founder of Flag Day
Shortly after our story on Bernard Cigrand (D1888), the founder of Flag Day, appeared in Northwestern magazine [“The Stars and Stripes Forever,” summer 2003], this descendant of Luxembourg immigrants was fittingly honored with a new gravestone acknowledging his role in establishing this patriotic day.
Three years ago, after a Boy Scout ceremony at the Riverside Cemetery in Aurora, Ill., honoring Cigrand, Scout Galen Norman and his father, Steven Norman, unsuccessfully searched for Cigrand’s headstone.
Later, the two returned and finally discovered a modest marker bearing Cigrand’s name and his dates of birth and death. “It didn’t seem enough,” Galen told the Associated Press. “There should have been more on the marker, and a flag.”
Galen decided to erect a memorial to Cigrand, a project that would help him rise to Eagle Scout. He endured rejection after rejection while soliciting Aurora businesspeople last spring for donations to cover the cost of the new headstone and flagpole, estimated to be about $4,000.
But a big break came when Aurora Beacon-News columnist Denise Crosby wrote about the project. Within hours after her column ran, Galen and his father had enough money to establish a Bernard Cigrand scholarship fund in addition to the memorial, which was dedicated on Flag Day this year.
According to Crosby, the word “Luxembourg” was the key to getting people to open up their checkbooks. Many Aurora residents and business people claim Luxembourg heritage.
Cigrand initially came up with the idea of establishing Flag Day while
a schoolteacher in Waubeka, Wis. After graduating from the Northwestern
Dental School in 1888, he continued his lobbying efforts to honor the
flag for 30 years. Before he died in 1932, Cigrand said that the proudest
moment of his life was in 1916 when President Woodrow Wilson declared
June 14 to be Flag Day.