reader as it showed professionalism, clarity, and excellence
in all aspects any reader can take into account.
Spring 2007 Vol. V, No. 3
I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed reading the electronic issue
of MainGate for spring 2007. The article on Dr. Bliss speaking to the
Peace Conference in 1919 was exceptionally interesting, weaving AUB history
with the history of the world and our region. I hope you will continue
to publish articles of such historical significance from your archives.
And the electronic version is excellent as a way to disseminate information.
I much prefer it to the paper version.
Many thanks for your efforts.
Samir Majid Fakhry (BS ’77, MD ’81)
AUB has 141 years of history to discover, and we’ll keep sharing materials
from the archives. We’re glad you checked out the electronic version.
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“The Education Morph”
When one speaks of The Education Morph, I am taken back to an afternoon
standing under the banyan tree in front of College Hall. I, among other
“Staffites,” (what a demeaning title that was) was talking with Stuart
Carter Dodd. Dr. Dodd had come out with about thirty of us on the Mauritania,
a converted troop ship from WWII. The year was 1946, and this was the
first wave of staff to come to AUB after the war. Dr. Dodd was a sociologist
from the University of Washington, Seattle. Statistics, and correlations
in particular, were a necessary part of the work of sociologists—and a
bugbear. As much as thirty working hours could be spent doing a single
As we stood talking Dr. Dodd interjected an idea that surprised us. He
had figured out a way to do a correlation in what he calculated would
take but thirty minutes. Upon being quizzed about this stunning concept,
he replied in effect that it would simply be a matter of electrical circuitry.
He felt quite confident in his knowledge.
Almost immediately he was asked, “Are you going to get a patent on this?”
Ah, think of the money he could make with an idea like this. And think
of the money that has. But, think of what a tool it has been.
“No,” was his reply, “I am a social scientist and not interested in business.
I will publish the idea where all the world may see, and hope that someone
will carry it forward to creating a tool for me, and others, to use.”
Tedford P. Lewis
Webster Groves, MO
Class Notes, Fall 2007, Vol. VI, No. 1,
Page 42: the picture is of Neil Skene, not Eason Jordan.
Page 44: Magda Abu-Fadil is currently the director of the Journalism Training
Program. She headed the IPG (Institute for Professional Journalists) at
Page 67: Muhsin Sayyid Mahdi is survived by two daughters, Fatima and
Nadia, from a previous marriage to Cynthia Risner; and two stepdaughters,
Rachel and Rebekah Gerstein.