FOR TEACHING PROGRAM!
Karen Carney '92
WHERE'S THE BEEF?
Sports, alumni gatherings, eulogies of conventional academic achievement...and nothing else. Behind the trendy pseudo-web page format, it seems as if the OAM has gone generic. Is this true of Oberlin, also? Or perhaps of the Americans left in general? I would like to see Oberlin question itself more sincerely. There seems to be plenty of self-congratulation--from older alumni--and aggressive statements of commitment--from students and younger alumni--but all the issues seem like made-in-a-mold copies of each other, generated to fit a category--rich/poor, black/white, women, the environment--but otherwise substance-free. It's not hard to make a list of stockholder liability for corporate debt, reparations to victims of anti-marijuana law-enforcement activities, restructuring of state borders to enfranchise racial and ethnic minorities...are these too difficult to take on? I only hope I'm being premature when I feel the urge to bow my head over Oberlin and say, "Rest in Peace."
Peter D. Hays '73
DAUGHTER GRATEFUL FOR MEMORIAL MINUTE
Many thanks to Professor Randy Coleman for his Memorial Minute to my father, Joseph Wood (Spring 2001) and to Mark E. Foulsham '81 for his letter in the same issue and to the Oberlin alumni, faculty, and friends who have privately shared memories with me. Those interested in my father's music may wish to know that in 1998, shortly before her death, pianist Claudette Sorel released a retrospective double CD set on EMSCO. The first CD is devoted to Rachmaninoff; the second includes Sorel's 1961 Town Hall performance of my father's "Divertimento for Piano and Orchestra," along with certos by Edward MacDowell and Harold Morris. In addition, my father's choral arrangements of the spirituals "No Hidin' Place" and "[Never Said a] Mumblin' Word," as well as his choral setting of Blake's "The Lamb," are available from Gentry Publications in Tarzana, California. Finally, I have a fairly complete audio library of my father's music and am happy to entertain inquiries regarding it at my address: 1030 South Gay St., Auburn, AL 36830. As this music shows, and as Mr. Foulsham's description of my father's classes indicates, he upheld high standards throughout his life, disdaining the shoddy, the faddish, and the inept. In a culture that threatens to overwhelm us with all of the above, this legacy is sustaining. I hope it will endure.
Lorna Wood '86
ANDREW HOOVER LIVES ON
My memories of Andrew Hoover remain vivid and warm. He and I did a Winter Term project on the Romantic poets. Our conversations and readings of favorite passages lit up the gray Oberlin afternoons. Lacing his fingers and grinning devilishly, he'd chuckle: "That's Shelley, isn't it!" In his navy blue blazers and bow ties, Mr. Hoover (too much of a mentor and a gentleman for me ever to refer to him as "Andy") was a figure of patient thought and civilized pleasure amid the free-form commotion of 1970s Oberlin. He inspired me to pursue a PhD in literature. And although I'm no longer in academe, I still teach a legacy of Andrew Hoover's delightful pedagogy.
Linda DeCelles '74
San Mateo, California