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Memories of Dr. Fricke Editor’s note: A photo from the Linfi eld College Archives featuring Elmer Fricke, the late professor emeritus of mathematics, included in the winter 2015 issue, inspired memories from former students. Here are some excerpts. My math professor, Elmer Fricke, was a wellorganized and energetic, positive and hopeful fellow. What I was doing in his class still baffl es me. I limped through fi rst semester calculus on a crippled wing and multiple prayers, aided by a Vietnamese chemical engineering major named Myanh. Myanh understood calculus; I didn't get it at all. So when the fi nal came, with its fi ve questions and three hours to complete them, I was not in the best of shape. Nearly the last person out of the room, I still had completed only two of the fi ve. Chalk that one up as one of my major college failures, I thought. But once the pressure lifted in the chow line of the cafeteria, I couldn't get the questions off my mind. I dropped out of line, headed for an empty table, pulled out paper and pencil, and completed two more of the questions that had eluded me. I noted the time (well past offi ce hours), ran to his door, slipped the paper under, and knew that I'd failed the course. I just wanted him to know, I had written on the paper, that I could do more than it showed on my fi nal. I don't think I encountered Professor Fricke again. Certainly I quit taking math classes and concentrated on my major: English literature and education. Somehow I came to know that Professor Fricke gave me at least partial credit for the paper I slipped under his door well past test time. I passed his class with a C, and a more grateful student would be hard to fi nd. I was ecstatic, fi rst of course, that I’d pulled my grade out of the ditch, but also that Professor Fricke believed me enough to count my tardy paper and factor it into my grade. He trusted me, and I guess that’s the lesson that stuck. Julie (Olson) Otrugman ’68 What Professor Fricke said every morning of my 1980 intermediate algebra class: “It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor...” Kristen Wilson ’83 Dr. Fricke epitomized the small school learning environment. In the early 1960s a bunch of us took a statistics class from a professor Linfi eld had hired as sort of a last resort. About eight to 10 of us were hopelessly lost. The night before the fi nal we called Dr. Fricke and he came to the old Fire Station where many of the rascals lived. He stayed until the wee hours of the morning. We all passed with a C or better. Dr. Elmer Fricke was a generous human being as well as a person with a sense of humor. Bob Ferguson ’65 Summer 2015 l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e - 2 5 Homecoming 2015 Sept. 11-12 Come home to Linfield. See what’s new on campus while renewing your connections with classmates through a variety of reunions planned for the classes of 1955, 1965, 1975, 1985, 1995 and 2005. Reunions are also planned for members of the Lambda sorority, Alternative Spring Break participants, HHPA majors and those who took part in music. Plan to celebrate award-winning classmates and favorite professors during Linfield’s Finest, take in the football game and catch the alumni music performance. linfield.edu/homecoming For more information, call 503-883-2547 or alumni@linfield.edu, linfield.edu/alumni


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