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Linfield Magazine #27

One of the hallmarks of a Linfield education is the close-knit relationship between students and faculty. I’ve heard countless stories from alumni who speak affectionately – and emotionally – about Linfield faculty. With that in mind, one of my favorite ways to help faculty reconnect with former students is through a series we began a few years ago. We offer retiring faculty an opportunity to give a “last lecture” to alumni and friends. Last month we held two – for Professors Eugene Gilden and Dave Hansen. What I like best is that each lecture is so unique. Dr. Gilden talked about several psychological concepts and Love at Linfield – The Meichos Tom and Jean (Woest) Meicho ’51 and ’53 found love at Linfield. They met on what Tom describes as his first and last blind date. “I was to meet her in Grover Hall,” he recalled. “I was standing by the stairs waiting for her to come down. Suddenly I saw the heels, ankles, legs and a body in a gold dress. I knew that I was in love.” They went to the fall convocation at the First Baptist Church and listened to the speaker, the founder of Kraft Cheese. A year later, they married, and Tom went on to earn a B.D. from Berkeley Baptist Divinity School. They returned to campus in 1957, where Tom served as dean of admissions until 1993. The Meichos’ story, along with the stories of other alumni who met spouses at Linfield, is posted on the Linfield website: www.linfield.edu/collegerelations/ alumni/linfieldlove.html. If you met your spouse at Linfield, tell us about it. Send your story and a photo to alumni@linfield.edu. Nursing alumni share memories Alumni of the Linfi eld-Good Samaritan School of Nursing and the Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing celebrated the profession of nursing and connected with fellow alumni during a celebration Saturday, May 4, on the Portland Campus. The event featured campus tours, social opportunities, and a program including news from the college and keynote speaker Carol Bradley, chief nursing officer at Legacy Health. Rhawnie Hilchey ’06, a nurse at Salem Hospital since 2006, was awarded the 2013 Lloydena V. Grimes Award for Excellence in Nursing. Hilchey is respected for her high standards of patient care and renowned for ensuring patient needs are met. 2 4 - l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e Summer 2013 cited experiments and research to support his theories. Professor Hansen told some of his favorite stories. The lectures were different, and yet each was just right for the speaker. In both cases, it w as the perfect opportunity to send the professor out with style. They each spoke to a full house made up of current students and colleagues, former students and colleagues, friends and family. We are so pleased to be part of events that allow beloved professors to delight alumni and friends one final time. Visit the Linfi eld College YouTube channel for links to these lectures. Be sure you are subscribed to the E-Cat, our monthly electronic newsletter. Don’t miss out on future “last lectures.” – Debbie (Hansen) Harmon Ferry ’90 Director of Alumni and Parent Relations a l u m n i n e w s ‘Last lectures’ provide opportunity to reconnect


Linfield Magazine #27
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