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remembering jean delordFrom Bob Ricks ’58
Jean Delord was my senior year physics professor
and hired me to do solid state physics work at Tektronix when
he was their director of research. These two reasons alone
would justify my saying he had a major impact upon my life.
Jean, however, was more than a teacher, physicist, and manager.
Others have discussed his interests in worldwide concerns from
World War II through the end of the twentieth century. I would
like to share a more personal example of the pleasure he took
in the romantic outlook instilled during his youth in France.
At one point, while Jean was director of research at Tektronix,
a production group was being given eye exams in the library.
Jean saw that the examiner was an attractive summer student.
His instruction to me was to wait until the other group departed
and then go get my eyes checked. She and I had a discussion
about why I was not on her list to have an eye exam and if
she needed a ride home after work. In subsequent years there
was a twinkle in Jean’s eyes as he told my wife that
he claimed credit for the matchmaking that resulted in our
marriage in 1961.
From Fred Rogers ’66
I was very saddened to read about the passing of Jean Delord. Jean
was my thesis adviser, a task at which he labored with
consistent good humor and patience. He supported and inspired me
process of producing a work of some modest usefulness,
and in doing so proved yet again that a very good instructor can
get results out
of even the least promising of students. February’s
Reed arrived, by coincidence, on a day after I happened
to look back at Carter Weiss’s 1965 Griffin. I
had turned again at the peace demonstration photos from the winter
and thought, gosh, here we go again. I then remembered that Jean
Delord was the first faculty member that I happened to
notice in attendance at a peace
demonstration (probably one of those shown in that Griffin). I
remembered being struck by his typical composure, and
being impressed that he was there along
with a bunch of motley students. But how characteristic that was
of a man who had lived in occupied France, resisted the
Nazis, and then lived through the
disastrous French adventure in Indochina and never forgot its lessons.
I suspect that everyone who knew Jean Delord soon realized
that he was an extraordinary
citizen of the world as well as a fine scholar. He was a good and
gifted man. I wish I’d told him so while I still
had the opportunity.
From Eileen Reierson MAT ’69
I have always been intimidated by the thought
of making pie crust, so I enrolled in the recent alumni board-sponsored
pie crust class
taught by Johanna Colgrove ’92.
A wonderfully disparate group—male and female, aged over
eighty to under one—took part. By mistake I arrived at
the classroom an hour early, so I whiled away the time by writing
a few pie crust haiku:
An hour early,
I’ll watch the yellow leaves fall
And listen to the brook.
The rain drips and drips and drips.
I hope it won’t
Make my pie crust soggy.
Too old to master pie crust,
But I’ll bake
An apple pie for Francis.
In an empty room
The ghost of Lloyd Reynolds
Creek, logs, trees—
How many years ago
Did my sons play Tom Sawyer?
The class was really fun. All the pies looked beautiful, but my
crust was still rather tough, alas.
computing history revealed
From Robert Reynolds (honorary alumnus ’02)
I anticipate an interesting flurry of response
to the quote of my friend Martin Ringle that “Reed first became involved with
computing in 1968 (when an analog computer figured in a senior
the February 2003 issue of Reed.
I’ll contribute my bit by mentioning that Joel Allen Salon’s
1965 physics thesis Approximate Solutions
to Radial Distribution Functions of Gaseous
Systems made extensive use of Reed’s
then-mainframe, an IBM 1620 that did not want
for academic use.
Further, Dennis Hoffman introduced systematic instruction in FORTRAN
to the sophomore physics laboratories in academic year 1964-65.
From Bart Jones ’65
Interesting article by Kate Hobbie about
Reed’s use of IT.
She quotes Marty Ringle: “Reed first became involved with computing
in 1968.” Actually it was at least three years earlier. In
1964–65 an IBM 1620 was installed
in Eliot basement. Professor Alfred Bork
taught elementary FORTRAN programming to
all of us in
Nat Sci 110, for numerical integration
of orbit equations. This was very early
days for the use of computers in physics.
at least one paper on the subject, and
I believe he left Reed soon after for a
position where he could specialize in it.
That same IBM 1620 provided Peter Norton ’65
his first crack at writing programming tools, leading to his later
image of reed
From Rudolf Wagner ’52
Whenever I introduce myself as a Reed graduate I get very mixed
impressions. When I am back East attending some function and I mention
that I went to Reed, I hear ahs, and I’m bestowed with much
pleasing recognition. Yet, when I’m in Portland the reaction
is quite negative. Only three months ago I received a call from a
person in Lake Oswego. As we got into conversation I let it be known
that I attended Reed. Immediately this person let me know that he
holds Reed in low regard. I asked him why and he mentioned that there
was a student at Reed in the 1920s who went to the Soviet Union full
of enthusiasm for communism and then returned completely demoralized
and disappointed with what he experienced there. I just can’t
understand why such a fine educational institution as Reed should
carry forever a black mark in the Portland area.