event. It was quite interesting to compare
what those grades might have indicated
about the potential of our returning alumni
with their actual careers today.
These graduates are gratifying proof to
those of us who were privileged to teach
them that all students in any given class are
important, and all deserve the best instructional and mentoring skills that we as faculty
can muster. Few of us could have imagined
the full potential of these students when we
taught them in the early 1970s. It was truly
gratifying to learn now of their successes.
Thomas B. Clegg
V. Lee Bounds Professor of Physics
I am retired from the faculty of the UNC
physics and astronomy department. During
Homecoming weekend, my wife, Betsy, and
I, with several other physics and astronomy
faculty, attended a dinner hosted by the
physics and astronomy class of 1971 with
their spouses. It was a wonderful affair. The
members of the class gave brief accounts of
what had happened to them since graduating. The variety of activities — research,
medicine, law, business, etc. — in which they
were able to use their education at UNC to
great advantage was remarkable. It is humbling to realize that our efforts as teachers
may have profound consequences for some
or even all of the students in any class.
The loyalty, enthusiasm and appreciation
that this class has for UNC and its faculty
is to be commended. I feel certain that the
University and the alumni would benefit
from more events of this nature.
Editor’s note: Coverage of the class of ’ 71
physics and astronomy reunion is included in
this issue’s report on Homecoming/Rampage
2006, on page 58.
The obituary of John W. Pope ’ 47 in the
November/December issue erred in
describing the history of a proposal to
establish a program in Western civilization
at UNC. In 2004, the Pope Foundation
encouraged UNC to submit a proposal to
fund a program in Western civilization,
drawing criticism from faculty. UNC subsequently submitted a proposal, most of
which the foundation declined to fund, citing a lack of faculty support. The foundation later agreed to provide about $300,000
over three years to support public lectures
and scholarships to undergraduates engaged
in research and study abroad concerning
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