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Letter box: September 2011

Letter box: September 2011

Responses to “Looking back”

Ed’s note: These letters were received in response to the June 2011 “Looking back” photo. Click here to view it.

I remember Group Student Development Services (GSDS) had an event called “New Games.” These were activities designed for team building, and there was a picnic involved as well as three legged races  and such. It could have been that.

Cheryl Soback ’79

It was some kind of “Spring Fling.” I wasn’t there, but I remember the event.

Christopher O’Leary ’84

That was the first (and last) Hawaiian Luau held on Dean Field. It was the last open alcohol event on campus, as the Pub closed after that semester and became known as the Drydock. The fellow standing in the left-hand corner (in a Hawaiian shirt) was Keith Weidenhof ’83 and the woman two up from him (in white shorts) was Linda Abar ’83. It was a great day: The sun was shining, beers were flowing, and food BBQing for everyone.Wristbands were mandatory for those drinking.

Steve Hitzel ’81

Alumni share recollections of two deceased science professors

Thank you for the reporting on the loss of several of TCNJ’s faculty members in your past issue; in particular, a big loss to the College community was longtime Professor Fred Goldstein. I took many geology courses from Dr. Goldstein in the late 1970s/early 1980s. Out of all of the courses I took at the College, geology classes taught by Dr. Goldstein were the best—very interesting and a fun learning experience. My Travers 10 roommate, Bill Ellenberg, recruited a lot of our friends to enroll in one of Dr. Goldstein’s courses because they were so good, and to this day I still wonder about the geological formations I see when I travel.

Joel Panzer ’82

It is with great sadness that I learned of the recent passing of Dr. Herb Moses, physics professor for 32 years at TSC/TCNJ.

I knew Dr. Moses for almost 40 years, having attended school with his children, and later became his student at TSC in the 1980s. He was my instructor for both general physics and several upper-level physics courses. Dr. Moses was soft spoken and kind, with a great sense of humor, and absolutely brilliant. He did seminal work in theoretical nuclear physics on the radial wave functions for orbitals of the cesium atom in the 1960s. As a TSC physics professor, he was extremely supportive of his students, providing us with lots of help on his modern physics homework problems, and wrote many letters of support for those (including me) applying to grad school. His door was always open, and he never turned any of us away when we needed something.

I recall the times Dr. Moses told us what physics research was like in the 1960s, before the invention of the PC. These were the days of having to purchase computer time, wait weeks for the calculation to be finished, and have to drive many miles to pick up the answer.

Dr. Moses was also an accomplished artist, and his paintings adorned Crowell Hall and the Physics Department office, in addition to the walls of the homes of his friends.

Although Dr. Moses had been retired for awhile, it is hard for me to imagine physics at TCNJ without Dr. Moses. He was an integral part of this department for decades, and I will always have warm memories of him.

Karen G. Wolinski-Schaefer ’87, PhD

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