Spring 2019

Letters

A Word From Our Readers
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IN PRAISE OF JEFFREY SUMMIT

Elegant writing and tribute to an elegant man [“The Rabbi Who Made a Miracle,” by Sol Gittleman, Fall 2018]. Proud to be a Jumbo.

Fred Wagner, A84, A20P
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You will be missed Rabbi Summit.

Rami Demirdjian, A99, F04
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IN PRAISE OF TUFTS MAGAZINE

What a terrific issue of Tufts Magazine [Fall 2018]. There was something for everyone! Kudos!

James H. Vineburgh, A66, A97P, AG04P
Evergreen, Colorado

 


A Fond Remembrance

Today I received the fall issue of Tufts Magazine, and read the In Memoriam article about Dr. Ivan Galantic, A83P, F84P. I would also refer anyone to his obituary in the Boston Globe, which provides a very complete, and beautifully written remembrance of him by one of his students.

Although I graduated from Tufts in 1976, I have never forgotten Dr. Galantic and the wonderful art history courses that I took with him. He was a gentleman, a scholar, and a wonderful teacher. One of the things that made his courses unforgettable was that he did not merely teach art history, but he also discussed the current events of the time, as well as music, philosophy, and literature, and how they influenced the artists of a particular period.

Dr. Galantic was an amazing man who at a young age came close to death a number of times. He survived, married his beloved wife, had a family whom he loved, and shared his knowledge with his students.

Alice Honner-White, J76
Southborough, Massachusetts

 


Charting a course for life

I am writing in response to Sol Gittleman’s article on the Experimental College [“Always Ahead of Its Time,” Spring 2018]. Dr. Gittleman is one of the most stimulating educators I have ever met. Even though I was a terrible German student, his class provided a thought-provoking atmosphere that I did not experience again until I began to interface with CEOs later in my career.

I appreciated his article on the Experimental College because an Ex College course informed the direction of my entire career. My senior year I took a course titled Urban Poverty, taught by Joanne Ross. I came from Maine and this was a subject unknown to me, but it later became my life’s work. Following graduate school, I joined VISTA, the forerunner of today’s AmeriCorps, where I began my work in inner-city economic development. I later worked at the Community Development Corporation in Roxbury where I again worked with Joanne. I subsequently ran the Small Business Administration’s technical assistance program for minority businesses for New England. I capped my career by then serving for over twenty years as the president of a small foundation, focusing on community and economic development, where we received recognition from both the International Downtown Association and the Council on Foundations. All of this from a class outside my regular course of study.

Thank you, Sol Gittleman, for reminding us all of the leadership and influence shown by the Experimental College and thank you, Joanne Ross, for helping to provide my life’s direction.

Roger W. Dewey, A69
DELAND, FLORIDA