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Hove, Arthur (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 61, Number 9 (Jan. 1960)

With alumni clubs,   p. 33

Page 33

    Martin Topal
courage against adversity
  Martin Topal '54 was struck down by polio in September
1955, nearly two years after he had graduated from the
University of Wisconsin and continued his studies at Brook-
lyn Law School. For three months, he was in an iron lung
and his chances of survival were slim. But Martin Topal
fought with determination and courage for the privilege of
life-it took a full two years of hospitalization before Marty
regained the use of his hands and arms.
  When he was able, Martin Topal returned to Brooklyn
Law School and resumed his law studies, only this time from
a wheel chair. Refusing to be hobbled by his personal
tragedy, he went on to gain his degree in February 1959,
graduating in the upper third of his class. Last summer, he
was overjoyed when he received word that he had passed
the New York State bar examination on his first try.
  As for the future, Marty wants to practice law and is con-
sidering working on a guide book to New York restaurants
without steps for the "gourmet in a wheel chair." He is also
interested in campaigning for step-less entrances and exits to
public buildings.
  Determination has restored Martin Topal to a useful and
productive life. "His secret," says his mother, "is that he
never felt sorry for himself."
Wisconsin Alumnus, January, 1960
with alumni clubs
Football Banquet-cocktails and dinner
Columbia University Club
Contact: Miss Helen R. Ulrich, 10 East
LA CROSSE Founders Day
Speaker: President Conrad A. Elvehjem
January 6
44 St., (OXford
     January 20
Contact: Mrs. Carrol J. Weigel, 202 Rivoli Bldg. (4-8888)
WEST BEND Founders Day
January 30
Speaker: LeRoy Luberg, Dean of Students
Contact: Richard A. Larson, Savings & Loan Bldg., (Federal
MILWAUKEE Founders Day
February 4
Speaker: H. I. Romnes, Pres. Western Electric Co.
Contact: Harold A. Peterson, 4230 W. Douglas Road (Hop-
  kins 6-0031)
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Speaker: President Conrad A. Elvehjem
Contact: Theodore Heian, Wis. Power &
  Point (50)
Paul Morrow, Attorney, Dodgeville
BELOIT Founders Day
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Light, Mineral
  February 10
Speaker: John E. Erickson, head basketball coach
Contact: Glenn Visgar, 1146 Grant Street (Emerson
WAUKESHA Founders Day
February 10
Speaker: President Conrad A. Elvehjem
Contact: Charles F. Mead, 270 W. Broadway
February 4
Cocktails, Dinner, and Election of officers-6:30 PM
Hotel Harris
Contact: Mrs. Helen B. Longwell, 1119 Jefferson Ave. (F1

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