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Macalester Means the World to Us - 50 Year Reunion - June 6-8, 2014

What Mac Means to Me

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Learning from others
Don Gemberling

  • Ted Mitau who taught me that freedom can be a lonely place, how to better defend my political beliefs and who honored me by asking me to teach two of his classes when he became ill.
  • Russ Wigfield who taught me the true meaning of what it is to be a Christian.
  • J. Huntley Dupre who taught me so much historical substance, asked me to demand more of myself, modeled trust, and always amazed me with his grace and kindness.
  • Earl Spangler and David White for modeling respect in disagreement.
  • Boyd Shafer for helping me survive the realization that almost all history is relative.
  • Pat Kane for making "remedial" English a worthwhile endeavor and fostering a deep appreciation of the novel as art form.
  • Art (Bud) Ogle for for modeling for me the rewards of a disciplined life and for showing me the value of life experience as a fundamental teacher. (Bud, the study method I learned from you is the reason I graduated with honors from law school.)
  • Kirk Jacob whose courage in dealing with his disability and the burden of superstar parents was awesome.
  • Tom Slater for the skill of crafting Manhattans.
  • Lastly, all the woman of Mac with whom I fell in love who wonderfully demonstrated Pat Conroy's observation that "women teach men how to love them".

Mac opened my mind
Ester A. Tuttle Horn

My education from Macalester opened my mind to many subjects I may not have delved into on my own. It taught me that learning is more than books and to take advantage of all that is available during one's life.

A wonderful start
Jean Norris Cheever

Macalester was an introduction to a newer and broader world. The opportunity to try new experiences - playing the bagpipes, meeting great new friends in Wally Hall and apartment roommates, and to take courses from Drs. Mitau, Dodge and Palmer and many other faculty members that were outside my elementary education major. Mac gave me a wonderful start, a wider understanding and hopeful appreciation of our changing world.

My world was widened
Richard Headen

Huntley Dupre and G. Theordore Mitau taught us to think for ourselves. My world was widened by many contacts with international students and views from people like Kofi Annan. I remember learning about and working for Civil Rights and justice. I met Evelyn Harm ('65) in German class and we just celebrated our 47th wedding anniversary. I remember long walks and river banking and deep discussions with many others about religion, politics, etc. My time at Macalester was a good time to grow and mature while getting a great education.

50 years of friendships
Carol Huenemann Eick

the most lasting experience is the friendship shared by all of us who lived in Wally Hall, Third Floor South. It is a delight every time we see each other, continuing to share all that life has been for us for 50 years of work, play, family life, world citizenship.

Meeting People Around the World
Richard Eaton

Memories of Mac center on the wonderful opportunties I had to meet and interact with people from around the world and to enjoy the international programmes offered on campus.Truly some of the most important years of my life were at Macalester.