Oberlin Alumni Magazine: fall 2001 vol. 97 no.2
Feature Stories
One Week in Manhattan
Defining Words
[cover story] Marriage: For Better? Or Worse?
Business Unusual
Plotting the Past
Message from the Dean
Around Tappan Square
The Business jof Cheating Stirs New Solutions
A Record Year for Legacies
Survey Says...
Cast a Vote for Alumni Trustee
A Student's Perspective
Distinguished Speakers
In Memoriam
Oberlin Revisited
Alumni Notes
The Last Word
Staff Box
One More Thing
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I just read the president's letter at the opening of the Summer magazine, and I can't tell you how happy I am that Oberlin is starting a teacher training program. As do many Obies, I believe that educating all children is an absolute priority in order to ensure that children have equal chances in life. That means finding people committed to democracy and education, and ensuring that they have the tools to pursue careers helping children learn. Many Obies have the combination of being strongly committed to social justice (and so being willing to accept the limited financial horizons that a career in education offers) and also being smart, creative, and hard working. What a boon to finally give these people the tools to work in public schools! Since leaving Oberlin in 1992 I have embarked on a career in education, working in a science museum, for four years as a private school teacher, and now pursuing my PhD in the design of educational technology at Northwestern University. Had Oberlin had a teaching degree, I probably would have gotten a teaching certificate and spent time in the public rather than private schools, and would have felt that I was contributing more to society. How lovely that those students with the best of intentions are to be given the tools to put them to work in public schools. I'm proud of my alma mater today.

Karen Carney '92

Evanston, Illinois

Sports, alumni gatherings, eulogies of conventional academic achievement...and nothing else. Behind the trendy pseudo-web page format, it seems as if the OAM has gone generic. Is this true of Oberlin, also? Or perhaps of the Americans left in general? I would like to see Oberlin question itself more sincerely. There seems to be plenty of self-congratulation--from older alumni--and aggressive statements of commitment--from students and younger alumni--but all the issues seem like made-in-a-mold copies of each other, generated to fit a category--rich/poor, black/white, women, the environment--but otherwise substance-free. It's not hard to make a list of stockholder liability for corporate debt, reparations to victims of anti-marijuana law-enforcement activities, restructuring of state borders to enfranchise racial and ethnic minorities...are these too difficult to take on? I only hope I'm being premature when I feel the urge to bow my head over Oberlin and say, "Rest in Peace."
Peter D. Hays '73

Eugene, Oregon

Many thanks to Professor Randy Coleman for his Memorial Minute to my father, Joseph Wood (Spring 2001) and to Mark E. Foulsham '81 for his letter in the same issue and to the Oberlin alumni, faculty, and friends who have privately shared memories with me. Those interested in my father's music may wish to know that in 1998, shortly before her death, pianist Claudette Sorel released a retrospective double CD set on EMSCO. The first CD is devoted to Rachmaninoff; the second includes Sorel's 1961 Town Hall performance of my father's "Divertimento for Piano and Orchestra," along with certos by Edward MacDowell and Harold Morris. In addition, my father's choral arrangements of the spirituals "No Hidin' Place" and "[Never Said a] Mumblin' Word," as well as his choral setting of Blake's "The Lamb," are available from Gentry Publications in Tarzana, California. Finally, I have a fairly complete audio library of my father's music and am happy to entertain inquiries regarding it at my address: 1030 South Gay St., Auburn, AL 36830. As this music shows, and as Mr. Foulsham's description of my father's classes indicates, he upheld high standards throughout his life, disdaining the shoddy, the faddish, and the inept. In a culture that threatens to overwhelm us with all of the above, this legacy is sustaining. I hope it will endure.
Lorna Wood '86

Auburn, Alabama

My memories of Andrew Hoover remain vivid and warm. He and I did a Winter Term project on the Romantic poets. Our conversations and readings of favorite passages lit up the gray Oberlin afternoons. Lacing his fingers and grinning devilishly, he'd chuckle: "That's Shelley, isn't it!" In his navy blue blazers and bow ties, Mr. Hoover (too much of a mentor and a gentleman for me ever to refer to him as "Andy") was a figure of patient thought and civilized pleasure amid the free-form commotion of 1970s Oberlin. He inspired me to pursue a PhD in literature. And although I'm no longer in academe, I still teach a legacy of Andrew Hoover's delightful pedagogy.
Linda DeCelles '74
San Mateo, California
Editor's note: Andrew Hoover's Memorial Minute appeared in the Summer 2001 issue.

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