to the Editor
Special thanks to alumnus Dale Perkins
for donating posters of his "City by the Bridge" watercolor
painting to SFSU Magazine. In the Winter 2004 issue we offered
one in exchange for each letter to the editor we received.
And thank you, readers. We appreciate the time you took to share
your thoughts with us regarding the last issue. We still have
a few posters to give away -- so keep your letters coming!
A Life Changed
More times than not when I receive my copy of
SFSU Magazine it goes into my reading file, but the image of the
hands on the front cover of the latest issue prompted me to read
the cover story right away.
I have three close relatives who are more than 80 years old and
one faces chronic health problems. I am relieved to know that
special individuals exist today who volunteer their valuable time
in needed hospice situations.
David Van Wart
The story, "A Life Changed," by Professor
Goldberg was inspirational -- especially his words, "Serving
gives purpose to life."
As a sociology graduate, I appreciated the latest cover. My 20-year
career at the San Francisco Department of Social Services began
in its Old Age Assistance division. I made home visits to elderly
persons who needed assistance in the single-resident occupancy
hotels of downtown San Francisco. Forty years ago that could have
been my younger hand cradling those of a senior citizen; now the
older hands are mine.
John F. Kohler
This issue had two items that I read aloud to
my wife: "A Surprising One for the Gipper," simply because
we are admirers of President Reagan, and the cover article, which
I also plan to share with a friend who works in a hospice. Professor
Goldberg's essay was more than informative; it was moving. Thank
you for publishing it.
Charles D. Cox
The essay by Stanley Goldberg touched my heart.
My mother passed away a year ago at 92. The people who cared for
her, employees and volunteers, were very kind. Since then, I have
been thinking of volunteering at a hospice or nursing home. After
reading Professor Goldberg's essay, I will.
Thank you for the magnificent article, "A Life Changed."
The existence of the hospice movement has been of immeasurable
help not only in grieving the loss of friends, but in helping
me understand that one need not face terminal illness alone and
helpless. After reading Professor Goldberg's words, I fear death
Kari Ann Owen
Gators, Gators Everywhere
In the last issue, I noticed a letter mentioning
a run-in with a fellow Gator and was reminded of a recent experience
I had in Honolulu.
On a bus tour of Pearl Harbor, I encountered a young woman
wearing a San Francisco State sweatshirt. I smiled and nodded
my head. She looked at me as if I had a contagious disease.
When I approached her and said that I was a graduate of State,
her face lit up and she returned my smile.
Turns out the trip was a graduation present from her
parents. We had a pleasant conversation. It was refreshing to
know that we Gators are everywhere.
Clarence W. Bryant
B.A., '79; M.A., '81
I love the Class Notes sidebars. If there is
one place to look for an amazing pool of talent, it is certainly
San Francisco State University. As a recent grad, I feel honored
to have completed my degree among such inspiring folks. Thanks
for showcasing them.
Maria E. Allain
I read the latest issue of your excellent magazine
cover to cover. I particularly liked the Class Notes. So many
alumni have gone on to bigger and better things in life and it
all started at State. I can't wait to read about more of them
in the future.
I am about to enter graduate school at the University of Purdue
where I will study educational counseling. I dream of making a
significant impact in the field. Reading about my fellow alumni
gave me hope that one day you'll have reason to write about me.
West Lafayette, Ind.
I've enjoyed reading every issue of SFSU Magazine
but I read the latest one in record time. I didn't put it down
until I finished.So many life-changing people made a stop at SFSU;
as a fellow alum, that fills me with pride and admiration.
A Family Affair
Our two grandsons are presently freshmen at SFSU.
I'm making sure they see the article, "Online, Not In Line."
That kind of information will certainly make the transition to
college life much easier. All four of our children have benefited from
their SFSU education and are successful in their careers. We are
certain the third generation will do as well.
John W. Whisman
B.A., '52; M.A., '54
How fortunate the campus community is to have
a fine dining restaurant ("Bon Appétit"). I'm
a graduate of the family and consumer science program, a registered
dietician and a certified chef -- so I can appreciate all the
hard work that founder Janet Sim and chef Daniel Honan must do
each day to satisfy customers. I certainly plan to visit the Vista
Room when I return to San Francisco.
St. Louis, Miss.
I enjoyed the article about the Vista Room in
the latest issue. I plan on taking my mother there when we visit
later this year. Things have certainly improved on campus since
I was a student in the '60s!
Patricia Kelly Winston
B.A., '66; M.A., '70
for 19th and Holloway
"SFSU Campus Turns 50" revived memories
of those good old days. My family and I moved to on-campus housing
from our apartment on Fell Street in 1953. What a wonderful change
of environment it was!
B.A., '57; M.A., '63
My memories of my time on campus -- studying
teaching, nursing and dance; working, falling in and out of love
and establishing some of the most important relationships in my
life -- are strong and happy ones. SFSU is a great school and
your magazine reflects that.
Acting with Jeffrey Tambor
Regarding your article on Jeff Tambor, I was
in two acting classes with him at State. We wound up doing several
scenes together including one from Tennessee Williams's "Cat
on a Hot Tin Roof." Jeff was a very powerful actor even then.
It's good to know that such a nice guy can make it in Hollywood.
Thanks for the article -- it brought back fond memories.
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