Two faculty members provided me with transformative experiences at Monmouth. One was Dr. Sam Thompson in philosophy, who taught me the value of thinking in "in so far as" terms rather than either/or. I started with Plato's “Republic” in my introductory course, and Dr. Sam guided me through a series of upper division courses that have left their mark on me. The other was Dr. Gavin Davenport, who gave history a human dimension and who related to us majors personally outside the classroom. I count it as a particular privilege that my first piece of published writing coincided in the same journal issue with a superb book review by Dr. Davenport.
Class of 1956
H.A. Hirt Professor Emeritus of History