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Welcome to OU Magazine’s Letters to the Editor section. Last issue’s stories on the charter class and today’s freshman got one reader thinking about his undergraduate days and a trip to China he and fellow students took more than 35 years ago. Two other readers were reminded of the OU professors who inspired them by our story on Distinguished Professor Jane Eberwein. We hope to hear from you, too.

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Professors who made lasting impressions
My name is Jacqueline Smith-Davis. I am a graduate of OU class of ‘84. Some of the most wonderful days of my life were spent at OU. As I reflect on professors who inspired me, three come to mind. Professor Graham, whose knowledge of African culture still amazes me today. Then there was Professor DeWitt Dykes who I can still see on the street and he knows that I am an OU grad. I would have to say the professor who touched my heart, expanded my academic knowledge and cared enough to be my adviser and friend is the late Professor Robert Donald. I would just sit back and marvel at his eloquent use of the King’s English. When I was asked by him what I wanted to do my independent studies on, I simply told him I would love to talk like you. I would love to use words in sentences as poetically as he did. He died about five years after I graduated and it was one of the saddest days of my life. However, I rejoiced in just knowing him and trying to live up to the legacy he left behind. He was a wonderful mentor and professor. 

Jacqueline Smith-Davis, CAS ’84
Detroit, Mich.
I read with interest your recent issue highlighting Robert Eberwein. My husband and I met in his learning skills class back in winter semester 1978. This was the only class that we both shared in four years of college. We have been married 24 years now and fondly remember that one semester, where we both scored 4.0’s as final grades in the class (no competition there!)

An interesting side note...my husband didn’t ask me out until the end of the semester, lest we not hit it off and be stuck sitting next to each other for the duration of the class! Now our son, Andy Richard, is attending Oakland University. Professor Eberwein spoke at a recent New Student Convocation in the O’rena. Though he is 24 years older, Professor Eberwein was immediately recognizable to us and brought back great memories. 

Christine (Rea) Richard, CAS ‘81
Sterling Heights, Mich.
Fall 2005 Issue



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