Alumni, who was your most memorable professor?

Mme Nicole Aas-Rouxparis. First class of my first semester freshman year, she walked into the room and only spoke French. Turned out she was fantastic at pantomime.
—Maya Milhous BA ’92

Don Balmer, who sent me to Scotland for post-grad work, Jack Crampton, who challenged me as a freshman, and Gus Mattersdorff, who guided me on my senior thesis in economics.
—KG Wolfard BS ’78

Dr. Steve Beckham was so passionate about American history! I loved to take his courses. I do my best to pass on his knowledge and enthusiasm to my elementary students.
—Janet Hohman Motter BA ’90, MAT ’95

Greta Binford, Tamily Weissman-Unni, Susan Davis. Without these three incredible women, I wouldn’t be half the person I am today. They taught me so much about how to learn and how to discover, ask great questions, and foster humility that leads to great conversations and continual learning.
—Trisha Kumar BA ’16

Kim Brodkin, who taught gender studies and helped lead the symposium. Her class was eye-opening, and I learned a lot about leadership watching her navigate the symposium.
—Brian Federico BA ’05

Brian Detweiler-Bedell and Jerusha Detweiler-Bedell—passionate, student focused, and provided direct research experience. I’m a tenured professor because of them!
—Anisa Goforth BA ’04

Dr. L. Stanley Glarum. What a wonderful, inspirational choir director. I was privileged to spend four years in the chorale, learned my directing techniques from him, and carried his technique and sensitivity to 34 years of music teaching. Second was William Stafford—composition, English lit from the true master!!!
—Betty Folmsbee BM ’56

Cyrus Partovi opened the world of international affairs to me, and I always appreciated the healthy discussions we had in his classes. Critical thinking was definitely something I learned with him.
—Bonnie Crawford BA ’98

Vern Rutsala. Master of our language, great poet.
—Zorch Quam BS ’71

Jean Ward, who introduced me to the study of gender and language. Not only was she my professor and advisor, but we also developed a wonderful friendship. Thirty years after I graduated and we still meet for lunch or coffee every few weeks.
—Laura Mundt BA ’91

Not a professor, but an advisor, Ray Warren, changed my life and inspired me to look beyond myself to find myself.
—Matt Glazer CAS

Rishona Zimring, Lyell Asher, Karen Gross, and Jerry Harp, who of course taught me the technicalities of reading and writing, but more importantly, about the questions that literature asks about life and what it means to be human and fallible.
—Prachi Jha BA ’09

Add Your Favorite to the List

The print version of the magazine highlighted only a small fraction of the more than 100 responses we received via social media. Clearly, alumni across the generations value our extraordinary, life-changing faculty. Add your most memorable professor to the online list.

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