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A TRIBUTE TO THE UW

Fifty years ago, I received a B.A. in marketing with a minor in economics from the University of Washington. It is hard for me to realize that so much time has passed since then.

As I look back on my time as a student, I think of all the good times in the Chi Phi fraternity, the time at the Blue Moon [Saloon] and the people I knew.

I also look back at hard times, mostly economic, of trying to get by on tea and soup, of the small monthly checks from the GI Bill, of having to sell my textbooks and quickly buy used ones before they were gone.

I am sure a lot of other students then and now have had to work in a coal yard and other jobs they didn’t enjoy to get their education. That is why I have decided to put some money in my will to make life a little easier for future students. If you would like more information about doing this, call Amy Scott, associate director of Gift Planning, at 206-685-3289.

I also appreciate getting the alumni magazine and I am impressed with the continued accomplishments of the University, its faculty and its students. When I mention this to my wife (a University of San Francisco graduate), she always remarks to me that the UW has gotten a lot better since I left.

After my graduation from UW, I have gone on to get graduate degrees with a Fulbright and a very satisfying teaching career, all of which is due to what I got from the University of Washington.

I noticed in an article recently that the 1960 sit-in in Greensboro, N.C., marked the start of the civil rights movement. Most people may not be aware that some UW students, including me, had gone to the Tri-Cities area in 1959 to protest the lack of civil rights there and had picketed the Democratic headquarters in Seattle to protest the inability of African Americans to register and vote in places such as North Carolina.

I guess some UW students were ahead of the rest of the country then, too.

G. Dennis Shine, ’60
Springfield, Ore.

EARL POWELL’S CONTRIBUTIONS

Your article “A Style for the Elements” by Erin Lodi (March 2010) didn’t mention Earl Powell, ’44, ’48, ’51. [Powell was an architect in the UW Campus Architect’s office. He also worked on his own and for architecture firms in the Seattle area.] His influence is evident in the homes you describe.

When Earl Powell returned from serving in World War II, he designed a home in Steilacoom for his parents. His dad, an electrician, and his brother-in-law spent three years building the home. [It contains] Wilkinson Sandstone, cedar siding, a cedar roof (24-inch-long shakes overlapped three times), slate entry, thermal heat in ceiling and floors, touch-plate electrical switches and glass brick.

The house is set into the hill so the earth helps cool the home in summer and conserve heat in winter. Large windows face the Sound.

Students will appreciate your mentioning Earl Powell.

Jacqueline Dock, ’64 Steilacoom

Corrections

We misidentified Hazel Koenig in a photo that appeared in the In Memory section of the June issue of Columns. Koenig is at left, while Joanne Snow-Smith is above right.

We misspelled Dimitris Zafiropoulos’ name in the In Memory section of the June issue of Columns.

Columns regrets the errors.

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