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Overdue Honor

I find [Veterans Appreciation Week] refreshing and long overdue. To those responsible for this event, I say: bravo! When I was first on campus as a student in 1969, the military was definitely persona non grata. Having just been honorably discharged from the Marine Corps, I found myself confused as to why UW administration openly supported the war protests but only reluctantly supported those who served. None of us caused the “Viet Nam Conflict.” Most of us did not choose to go to battle, but whether we were drafted or volunteered, we all took an oath to protect the Constitution and defend our nation, state and university from harm. I totally disagreed with the manner in which the war protestors of that time overran our campus, trashed the grounds with litter, urinated on and bombed the R.O.T.C. Building. I did, however, support their right to openly protest and I joined in rallies to listen to the speakers. I also engaged in many political conversations about the war with fellow students. [For many years], I decided to stop my donations to the Alumni Association and the UW. I will now reconsider that decision and perhaps resume giving back to the University a token of what I received: A well-rounded education that led to a long and successful career in construction management.

Vancouver, Wash.

Another Boy in the Boat

I was thrilled to read The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown (Riveting Rowers, June). I recall my time in a shell on Lake Washington in 1946 when [Al] Ulbrickson coached us when we were seniors. I recall the exhilarating feeling of skimming over the smooth surface of Lake Washington in our shell. It was a grand experience for all of us, and it was great to see pictures in the book of the old crew building and crew members of the 1936 gold medal winners in Germany. There is a retired racing shell hanging from the ceiling of a sports bar restaurant behind the River Haven motel in East Wenatcheee. On its bow, the name “Al Ulbrickson” is neatly printed in gold. The construction of the boat appears to be one that George Pocock made, with the beautiful red cedar that he used.

Nelson T. Hall Jr., ’46

Grazie, Astra Zarina

Before there was a Rome Center (In the Heart of Rome, September), there was Professor Astra Zarina’s apartment in the Centro Storico of that city, where her architecture students feasted upon her generosity and dedication as a teacher and as a woman of great grace and culture. We were privileged to be among Astra’s Rome program students in the fall of 1977 and remain ever grateful for that experience.

Kristina Bak, ’80, John Kvapil, ’81

Stadium Stories

I took my son to his first Husky football game back in 1997 when the Huskies played USC in what would be one of John Robinson’s last games. My son is gone now, but I will always cherish that memory of him singing the Husky fight song as an 8-year-old (Whole New Ballgame, September).

Tracey Smith

I hope the splendid new Husky Stadium will produce great memories as did its predecessor. My own memory was a beautiful Oct. 1, 1949, with the Huskies being more than hospitable to the visiting Fighting Irish. This Husky went away with mixed emotions!

James M. Roherty, ’51, ’52

Worldwide Mission

President Young (Our World, Our Responsibility, September) talks about our “globally interconnected world” and “looking for cures for diseases [and] bringing treatments to impoverished populations.” This is important to us all because the pandemics of HIV/ AIDS, TB and malaria must be treated as the worldwide killers they are. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria has been instrumental in getting these treatments to people in more than 150 countries. This fall the Global Fund held its replenishment conference to be able to continue its life-saving work. A $10 billion commitment from the U.S. can end the threat of these diseases and give the world the AIDS-free generation that President Obama and others say is possible. Students, staff, alumni and friends of the UW can help make this happen by telling our elected officials to make this pledge a reality.

Willie Dickerson, ’73, ’94

Dialogue with Dubs

As a proud graduate of Stanford and the UW, and the owner of a Malamute (who howls when I raise my arms and yell “touchdown”), I found the interview with Dubs (New Tricks, September) clever and hilarious. On a more serious note, I wholeheartedly endorse President Young’s remarks (Our World, Our Responsibility, September). Having visited 107 countries, I know firsthand that travel is fatal to prejudice.

Clydia J. Cuykendall, J.D., ’74

Global Champion

Jeanne Bougault (Alumni Profile, September) is a very bright young lady with a wide world view. Congratulations for trying to improve the world, especially for women in developing countries.

Eloise Conover, ’61

Piano Pleasure

After nearly 50 years, I still can’t forget Professor Hokanson (Newsmakers, September) rushing onto the stage before an introductory music appreciation class of hundreds, pushing the piano stool aside, and plopping onto the floor with his back to the piano. Then he reached his arms over his head, placed his hands on the keyboard and played Yankee Doodle. What a guy!

Ann McKinstry Gerner, ’68