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Ringing Bells for Alma Mater

I thoroughly enjoyed the Sesquicentennial issue [spring 2001]. My fondest memories come from having Jacob Scher in journalism and William McGovern in political science as professors. I never regretted attending Northwestern. My degree from Medill opened many doors to me that could never have been approached by a kid from the South Side of Chicago.
Randall D. Walthius (J56)
Lakewood, Ohio

Great job. I will keep this one. I learned a lot of Northwestern history. My hat is off to your writers.
Bob Huff (EB51)
Elgin, Ill.

I was thrilled to find a picture of my sister Josephine Balhatchet Zempel (WCAS39) on page 27 [in "All Thy Sons & Daughters," spring 2001]. Her beaming face is shown with the Waa-Mu performers (she's second from left). Jo is now deceased, but she was a very creative young woman who was active in Waa-Mu and many other campus events. I remember how much she loved Northwestern. This is how I want to remember her. Thank you.
Jacqueline Balhatchet Downey (WCAS43)
Colorado Springs

Concerning "All Thy Sons & Daughters," if you check the records you will find that the women's International House opened before 1950. An attempt was made to make it a sorority (a national African American sorority was willing to affiliate with the house). Around 1949 Northwestern purchased Asbury Hall on Sherman Avenue to serve as the men's International House.
Lila Fraizer (WCAS51)
Sacramento, Calif.

I just received my Northwestern magazine for the first time since graduating from my fellowship training in June 1999. I thought the University had forgotten its overseas alumni. By sending us the alumni magazine you have made us feel part of the big Northwestern family and its rich tradition. Because of my training at the Medical School, I was immediately offered the position of director of the Pain Management Centre at the St. Luke's Medical Center in Manila at the age of 33. I feel the Medical School has equipped me well, and for this I am forever indebted to her. God bless!
Bernard R. Canlas (GM99)
Manila, Philippines

This spring's Northwestern isn't a magazine — it's an album, a real keeper. An anecdote it inspired:
As a cub reporter in Washington, D.C., in the early '50s, I received a call from someone in the administration urging me to represent Northwestern at Catholic University's installation of a new chancellor. As instructed, I quickly rented a cap and gown and grabbed a cab. A lady with a clipboard spotted me, rushed up and asked, "When were you founded?" I thought she meant me, and I answered, "1923." "No, no," she said, "I mean your school." Catching on to the protocol involved, I said, "1851."
With that she pushed me to the head of the procession, where I proudly took my place among the Dartmouths, the Harvards and the William and Marys. Front row seat. Your spring issue rings so many bells.
William Kloepfer Jr. (WCAS49)
Chevy Chase, Md.

Staying Power

The article about the Men Off Campus ["MOCs & WOCs," spring 2001] says MOC faded away in the early 1970s. If it did, it made a comeback. MOC lasted at least through the end of the decade. My old MOC T-shirt has lasted even longer.
John Kroll (J80)
Eastlake, Ohio

When the WOCs were thrown out of Scott Hall, circa 1971, they received a two-room lounge near the front desk of Allison Hall. When MOC was also thrown out of Scott, the two groups merged into a lounge in the newly opened Norris. The two groups melded well, as evidenced by an almost-continuous two-year-long daytime pinochle game. Enter the room, take over the hand from whoever is leaving for class — repeat at will.
Katherine Arens (WCAS75)
Austin, Texas

Champs Forever

The "Timeline" [spring 2001] states that the 1990 women's basketball team was the first to win the Big Ten title. It was actually the 1979 team — and we repeated in 1980 under coach Mary DiStanislao.
Danni Kuzyk (WCAS83)

Editor's note: The Athletic Department considers the 1990 championship the first "true" championship won by the women's team. Before 1982 teams were unofficially "crowned" champions.

This Old College

For those of us who are of an advanced age, the truly excellent spring issue of Northwestern aroused memories. I found myself thinking of the Centennial year (1951). Since my work was at the Psycho-Educational Clinic and it was located on the fourth floor of Old College, I spent a lot of time there. That the fine old building was still present at the Centennial is a tribute not only to its sturdy construction but to the meticulous care it received by the University over the years. [Unfortunately, the building had to be razed in 1973 after being struck by lightning.]
Theodore J. Stolarz (SESP49, GSESP51, 55)
Park Ridge, Ill.

Family Matters

With only 27 family members who went to Northwestern, we didn't qualify for the multi-generational spans so well described in the excellent NU Family Close-ups [spring 2001] on alternate pages between pages 76-86. Nevertheless, our family did hit three pages in the historic issue in an unusual way.

My brother, Mark Baskin (EB49), wrote a letter about the marching band on page 3. My brother-in-law, Stanley Frankel (WCAS40), who was an on-campus leader of the pacifist movement before World War II, was mentioned on page 27. And my husband, Newton Minow (S49, L50, H65), reunited with his college roommate, Sander Vanocur (S50), last year's Minow Visiting Professor, which is noted on page 68.

Even more than a first-rate education, each of these men met his wife through Northwestern. Talk about a full-service university!
Josephine Baskin Minow (WCAS48)

Your story about the "Great Scotts" [NU Family Close-up, spring 2001] stirred happy memories for me. I was disappointed, however, that you had no photograph of John Adams Scott (WCAS1892). I took beginning Greek from Professor Scott in what may have been his last year of teaching. When he entered the classroom a respectful hush would settle over us. He stands at the top of all the professors I have ever had.
Robert F. Wernle (WCAS37, L40)
Crawfordsville, Ind.

I read with interest the close-up on B.J. Moulding Lewis (WCAS47). She was the sister of one of my closest friends, a fraternity brother at Northwestern. Nowhere in the article did you mention her brother, Thomas Staver Moulding (WCAS49, M52), who received his medical degree from Northwestern sometime in the early '50s.
Bill Kroeschell (McC49)
Naples, Fla.

Other Charter Members

I was disappointed that Payson S. Wild was not included in "Charting the Way" [spring 2001]. You should know right away that I'm Payson Wild's grandson, so there is no doubt that I am a bit biased. Nonetheless, he played a huge role during his long tenure as provost from the late 1940s to the early 1970s.
Tom Wick (SESP88)
Woodbury, Minn.

I was disturbed by the omission of Robert Strotz, a Northwestern president. Was it unlucky that he bore the 13th designation of that assignment?
Raymond P. Wishner (WCAS49)
Bethesda, Md.

There is not even a mention of me and my 13 years as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Under my aegis the undergraduate curriculum was completely revamped into the form it still has today. Most of the significant interdisciplinary programs of the college were created on my watch. I realize fully that I am tooting my own horn, since nobody else seems to want to. But you can ask the reliable archivist, Patrick Quinn, about the truth of my claims.
Rudolph H. Weingartner

For those who may not readily remember him, my father, James H. McBurney, was dean of the School of Speech for 30 years. When he became dean at the age of 37, he was the youngest person to be honored with such a position at Northwestern. His accomplishments are far too many to list here but do include publishing the definitive textbooks for high school and college in argumentation and debate as well as discussion. He was also a member of the Athletic Board for a number of years. His loyalty to Northwestern never wavered, and he deserves to be remembered.
James W. McBurney (S55)
Round Lake Beach, Ill.

Editor's note: The Sesquicentennial issue presented an overview of the University's history. The official Sesquicentennial book, Northwestern University: Celebrating 150 Years, goes into much more detail. The illustrated hardcover book includes mention of Payson Wild, James McBurney, Robert Strotz and many other notable Northwestern alumni, faculty and administrators who left their mark on the University and the world. To purchase the book, either log on to the Web site at www.nu150.northwestern .edu, call 1-800-621-2736 or fax your order to 1-773-660-2235.