When I read the articles in your publication and others pertaining
to David Hershberg and the 2003 Vermont City Marathon, I feel wonderful
that so many people were there to assist him. Still, I would like
to point out that most of the stories forget that there were many
unsung and unidentified people who also assisted in that situation.
I was actually one of the first people on the scene, determined Mr.
Hershberg had no pulse, and started compressions with Mr. Maher doing
the breathing. Once Ms. Chekos and Dr. Busse arrived on the scene,
I gave up my position and spoke to the dispatcher from 911 to give
them the specifics of the situation. During that time many, many,
many others joined in the scene by directing runners away from the
area and clearing the way so the rescue persons could come to Mr.
This is not to take anything away from those mentioned in your article;
I am proud that we worked as a team to help a person in need. We will
probably never see each other again, nor will we probably ever speak
to Mr. Hershberg. I am thankful that he survived and that he wants
to run again. I wish him well.
April (Leach) Pettengill, RN 87
I absolutely loved the Fall issues essay by Caleb Daniloff,
Notes From the Back Row. He wrote so vividly of his awkwardness
and slow metamorphosis to become a person comfortable within his own
skin with the quiet guidance of a professor. It was a change from
alumni magazine stories of people who are inspiring in school and
forever after. What a nice dose of reality and reminder of what I
think many people feel like whether it is in high school, in college,
or continuing into their adult lives simply not feeling
comfortable with who they are.
Susan (Carter) OBrien 74
Big Jon Revisited
In response to the Look Back photo on page 47 of the Fall
issue, its kind of hard to say for sure, given that hes
holding a phone receiver in front of his face, but I think that guy
in the flannel shirt and baseball cap is Jon Sanders, known to me
and my friends as Big Jon. Back in 1992-93, he was a neighbor
of mine on Loomis Street. I remember well his (loud!) knocks on our
front door early in the morning when he came to get my housemate,
Rachel Axelrod 95, to head to class. As I recall he wrote for
the Cynic, which makes me more sure that this is indeed Jon.
Naomi Shulman 93
I was surprised to find out in the recent Vermont Quarterly
that Jacque Grinnell had passed away over the summer. I was even more
surprised that after 25 years of service there was only a small paragraph
devoted to him.
Although he was in some ways reserved, Professor Grinnell was an outstanding
teacher. He could be best characterized by the comic strip that was
yellow with age but continued to be the first thing you saw when walking
into his office. It depicted an older man, a professor, driving his
beat up VW Bug. Next to it was a stretch limo with a younger gentleman
leaning out the window. The caption read something like, Hi
Professor! Remember me? You gave me a D! Professor Grinnell
took this to heart when dealing with all students, including myself
.... he never gave up.
When I was a young, struggling student he would always welcome me
into his office to help me along the way and gave me encouragement
to succeed. I even changed my major to Accounting after taking one
of his classes (at least until I got to pensions and realized it wasnt
for me). I did, however, take a Cost Accounting class from him even
after I had changed my major to MIS. This was one of the best classes
I had in my stay at UVM. He pulled in the real world and made us think
and analyze. I have yet to see a teacher get as excited about a subject
as Professor Grinnell did in that class. It is a great loss to UVM
and to all future business school students to lose such an outstanding
teacher, counselor, and friend.
Brad Wallace 99
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