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Joseph Addison Clark
As a descendent
of Joseph Addison Clark, I was very pleased to read your recent article
in The TCU Magazine, "Muddle in the Middle: The 'C' in TCU."
I cannot recall having seen in print anyone mentioning that my great great
grandfather had anything to do with the founding of TCU. My grandmother,
Modena Frank Rogers Spitler, was always saddened by this.
(our line, of course) has it that one of the reasons that J.A. Clark was
not mentioned as one of the founding fathers in Colby Hall's book or Joseph
Lynn Clark's book, Thank God We Made It, has to do with the split
in the Christian Church/Church of Christ denominations over the musical
instrument issue. I can well remember my grandmother telling me about
the Sunday that they were gathered in the little town of Thorp Spring
for worship, and a piano was brought in. She told that her grandfather
quietly took her hand and walked out of the church, never to return. His
sons, Addison and Randolph, remained in their pews. Because my grandmother
loved music so much and played both the piano and violin, she came back
to the Christian Church with her parents. This whole issue caused a very
painful rift in the family for years to come.
older brother (a TCU and Brite graduate) and I were very pleased to see
that the cornerstone from old Thorp Spring had been placed underneath
the statues of Addison and Randolph with our great great grandfather's
name also listed as a founder.
Joseph Campbell Spitler '67
things we do for love
was my love; not really, it was her library. I loved and cared for it
for four years. Lovingly fired the furnace daily at 6 a.m., then polished
her face every Saturday. My, how she loved it! Then on Sunday (I had her
key) she would cradle me all alone while I did my homework.
the article "The Oxygen of Terrorism" by Benazir Bhutto. She
is so right, and so courageous.
Swaim's essay, "Monterey Memory," renewed memories of mine about
Willis Hewatt. Joan mentioned the "footprints in the sands of time,"
and you must know Dr. Hewatt left footprints in the lives of many, including
TCU in the fall of 1946, just a couple of months after being discharged
form the U.S. Navy Originating from Wisconsin, I had the help of a Navy
friend, Henry Stephenson of Fort Worth, in the matriculation process.
Always having an interest in living things, I chose a major in biology,
and therein began my relationship with Dr. Hewatt. He was chairman of
the department of biology and the pre-med adviser. As I entered TCU, doubt
and fear was on my mind. I doubted that I was college material, and feared
that I couldn't adjust to academics after two years in the service. But,
thanks to Hewatt's patience and kindness, the doubts and fears abated.
He helped restore self-confidence, a necessary attribute to academic achievement.
I made the
necessary grade point average, and with Dr. Hewatt's recommendation, I
was accepted to the Baylor College of Medicine.
I must add
this: One day in a class of invertebrate zoology, Dr. Hewatt siphoned
the stomach content of an oyster for our microscopic analysis, whereupon,
he ate the oyster while the class turned green. He enjoyed it!
K. Jacobson, M.D. '50
What a wonderful
set of articles authored in the last issue of The TCU Magazine
enjoyed reading Joan's insights into the early days of TCU [i.e., before
I arrived in 1964], but this one excelled. It nicely fleshed out the early
professional life of her father, whom I always considered a mentor and
an example to emulate as his successor as TCU premed advisor.
article displays the editor's usual scientific clarity, and personalizes
the significant threat of global warming with its TCU connection. It is
unfortunate that while the scientific community has long recognized this
problem, politics continue to block any meaningful progress toward a solution.
Until then, it does not bode well for our grandchildren. Hopefully the
article will help stimulate some of the needed reforms. I believe Willis
Hewatt would agree.
Professor of chemistry
that there are four or five people in your life who influence who you
are and what you are. Dr. Hewatt was certainly one of the people that
influenced me. Thank you for the memories that you elicited with The
TCU Magazine article.
A. McRee M.D. '54
written an informative article describing tide pool evidence of the growing
impact of global warming. It is beautifully illustrated. And, it is printed
on expensive enamel stock using toxic inks. (Perhaps an article on the
high level of pollution and destruction of forests committed by the paper
industry and how this contributes to unbreathable air would be of interest
to readers. You could even point out that our own use of paper is a driving
tell of a problem while actively contributing to it? Or should we make
environmentally responsible choices?
A woman commented
to me recently that the paper mills (have you ever smelled one?) are not
in this part of the country. I guess that means we have no obligation
to fellow citizens of the planet. I guess that means air and water currents
(weather) don't bring this poison to us.
If TCU made
a commitment to responsible behavior (print on both sides of the paper
at the copy machine, reuse paper that has only been printed on one side,
recycle paper after that second use, turn the air conditioning to something
warmer than "keep meat fresh," buy recycled products, recycle
cans and glass, compost the garbage, water only the grass, not the streets,
avoid poisons in cleaning products and landscaping products, etc.) the
University could not only save money, it could be a leader, teaching by
example how to be good stewards of the only planet we have.
father, uncle and myself are all TCU graduates. My mother attended TCU
as well. I played on campus as a child and now live nearby. (I was even
offered the job of editor of the magazine a long time ago, but I was pregnant
and couldn't accept.) I would be proud to see TCU and The TCU Magazine
take a leadership role on this critical issue.
Dallas Eatenson '60
In your brief
clip on "Support for Palestinians," page 4 of the summer issue
of The TCU Magazine, I was appalled. You mentioned the "plight
of Palestinian refugees." Well, what about awareness in all the terrorist
bombings that occur to just as many innocent people in Israel? You make
it sound like TCU and your magazine are taking sides and supporting the
Palestinian views. As an alumna, for me to make this assumption is appalling
and outrageous. For crying out loud, as you mention the Palestinian refugees'
"plight," how about mentioning the carnage going on in Israel?
a dollop of song on those pancakes?
enjoyed the article about Ol' South. I have a magnet on my fridge that
brings so many smiles and memories. I studied in the back room during
1984-1988. My church group introduced me to German Pancakes when I was
a freshman, and I crave them to this day. But the best was Pauline. She
used to sing "I'm a little teapot" to us. There was never a
night that I did not run into classmates, professors and Ol' South regulars
to say hello to. Fun article.
B arber Turner '88