Dr. George Ball – the most inspirational person in my life of 71 years. Beginning with his first class at Whitman, I was so inspired that I took as many of his classes as I could before graduation 1963.
As has been noted by others, Dr. Ball’s teaching philosophy was such a change: he challenged each of us to make a choice and defend it. As the semester came to a close, he suggested we subscribe to a magazine or newspaper of the opposite viewpoint we held – to remind us there is another. (Even if we just passed by it as it sat on the coffee table.)
Kahlil Gibran writes on “Teaching” in The Prophet: “The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple, among his followers, gives not of his wisdom but rather of his faith and lovingness.
If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.”
Thanks to the most gentle, kind, accepting and loving friend, teacher, mentor and couselor one could ever have the privilege to know. I will truly miss visiting with you at the 50th reunion in 2013. You have always been there – but I know your spirit will be with us.
Thanks to Whitman College for the wisdom to hire this “man for all seasons.”
Thanks to Nancy and family for sharing George and caring for our dear, special friend.
Peace and Joy,
Mary Helen MacLean Windell ’63