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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 58, Number 8 (Dec. 15, 1956)

Newly married,   pp. 36-39


Page 38


  Employed as a soil scientist with Standard
Fruit Co., Retalhuleu, Guatemala, is Richard
N. QUAST, Sheboygan.
  A newcomer to the faculty of Brookfield
high school is Patricia KOLL who is teach-
ing social studies.
  Richard BUCKMAN enlisted in the U. S.
Naval Reserve as an officer candidate. He is
enrolled in a four months' indoctrination
course at the Naval School's Command in
Newport, R. I.
  Assistant Wood county agricultural agent
is Darold DREW.
  Joan BATCHELER is teaching mathemat-
ics at Columbus high school.
  Drum major for the UW      marching band
for five years, Stanley F. STITGEN, is now
a sales trainee at National Cash Register
Company's branch at Evanston, Ill.
  Richard T. MEYER is studying for his
Ph.D. degree in chemistry on a National
Science Foundation scholarship at the Uni-
versity of California's graduate school.
  Wah-Yip CHAN       is attending Columbia
university's College of Physicians -and Sur-
geons in New York City.
  Making his mark on Broadway is Tom
SANKEY, assistant producer of, the Con-
stance Bennett show and assistant to the
producer for the Constance Bennett Theater
of Film Classics on New York's WOR tele-
vision. Tom's voice is being trained pro-
fessionally and he has signed a contract with
Rondo records, which released his first sides
"The Fox" and "Billy Boy". The singer's
voice has been described as a "new sound"
and Eddie Dowling, who discovered Kate
Smith, Teresa Brewer, and Marguerite Pi-
azza, predicted  similar success for Tom
Sankey.
  Carolyn RENARD, Green Bay, is now
teaching school in Portland, Ore.
  Teaching history and English in Plymouth
is Lois HUETTEN.
  Helen P. DEHAVEN is a reporter for the
Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
  Now    based in Boston after completion
of a Trans World Airlines hostess training
program is Patricia LOCK.
  Lorenz L. KENEFICK is stationed at War-
linger AFB, Warlinger, Tex.
  Roy PEDERSON is teaching art in Mid-
dleton high school.
  Robert C. HINES has completed a train-
ing course for fire protection engineers and
is assigned to the Milwaukee district of Fac-
tory Mutual Co.
  In August, Second Lt. James M. RHEIN-
GANS completed the signal corps officers
basic course at the signal school in Ft. Mon-
mouth, N. J.
  Polly BROBST Scott is working for the
Newport Daily News, Newport, R. I.
  Stationed in Europe as part of the Army's
operation gyroscope is Pvt. Paul A. REIN-
HOLD.
  Recent graduates working in the New
York City area will be interested in know-
ing about Intercollegiate Alumni of New
York a club for young college graduates.
Every month its more than 350 members
take part in activities that range from
sports to service projects. Among Wiscon-
sin graduates belonging to IA are Joanne
McMILLAN, '49, and Teresa SANTAN-
DREU, '48. Information concerning the
club may be had by contacting the Inter-
collegiate Alumni of New York, 215 West
23rd St., New York 11, N. Y.
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worthy or as strong. And in making that
collective choice we also determine whether
society will allow its members the freedom
of which each is capable.
  Of course the fundamental choice of each
person is between integrity and laxity of
character. A sense of obligation should be
our constant companion without our becom-
ing a moral bureau of standards for our
neighbors. Perhaps the hardest and most
important synthesis which we have to make
is that of tolerance and of devotion to duty.
We should judge ourselves in the light of
our ideals and others in the light of our
failures.
S 0 FAR I HAVE discussed chiefly the
   choices open to the intelligent, energetic,
   educated person which are' not open to
others. There are, too, choices that need not
b'e made.
  One dilemma that is often presented is
that between being a successful specialist
but a boor and being a cultivated human
being but a dilettante. That choice need not
be made; moreover, it is certainly not deter-
mined by one's formal education. Many a
specialist grows in breadth of interest as he
deepens the knowledge of his own field.
Strange as it may seem for one in my offi-
cial position to admit, I have known cul-
tured engineers (the plural is used cor-
rectly); and, on the other hand, a broad
education is no guarantee that one has the
energy to keep wide interests when faced by
the demands of a specialized career. The man
who has looked from the mountain top too
often is content to dwell in the ravine. How-
ever, Newton was master of the mint as
well as the greatest of scientists; Leonardo
was an engineer, an anatomist, and an art-
ist; and the universities that demand that
men be both teachers and investigators seem
still to produce more basic science than the
directly oriented industrial and government
laboratories, and excellent teachers as well.
The obligation of being a professional suc-
cess, an intelligent and active citizen, and a
cultivated companion to oneself can still be
met by the individual.
  Another demand that is made is that one
accept a label. One must be a reactionary
or a radical, a conformer or a non-conformer,
a scholar or a man of the world.
  Of course this is not the only age where
labels made true self development difficult. I
found on a second-hand bookshelf an intro-
duction to the calculus, written in 1777, by
the Reverend F. Holliday. In its preface he
says that if this subject were studied more
carefully, ". . . we might hope to see united
in  character, what has been     sometimes
thought incompatible, the Gentleman and
the Geometrician."
  We need not be classified. Let's not be!
Of course we conform: we drive down the
right side of the street; we wear a necktie
to the President's reception; we believe in
free enterprise; and our differences stop at
the water's edge. Of course we don't con-
form: we split our tickets; we hate teas; we
won't eat spinach; and we cheer the Dodgers.
These illustrations are trivial but not nearly
as trivial as the reasoning of a man who is
afraid to try something new because it is
new, or to hold fast to that which is good
because it is old, who feels he would lose
face if he were not conservative, or who
thinks he should maintain a reputation of
being progressive. The word "liberal" is the
same as the word "free" and the true liberal
not only resents outside controls to his
thoughts but those prejudices that might keep
his own mind from being clear. Labels are
very useful. My friend whose five-year-old
soaked all the labels off a year's supply of
canned goods was in a quandary. I want my
canned goods labeled. If the product is
standardized- a label 'is appropriate. A person
should not be standardized and an individual
should not be treated as a hybrid tomato.
   Of course I recognize that compromise is
essential. Because the appeasement of evil-
doers is wrong does not mean that com-
promise itself is an evil process. Life should
be full of both adjustment to others and the
expectation .that others will adjust to one-
self. Moreover, our ideals themselves must
be adjusted one to another: for instance, the
ideal of democracy, the ideal of freedom,
and the ideal of order. Without order dis-
ease, poverty, death, and perhaps human
extinction follow. Only in a free society will
the individual fulfill his own potential; and
in a democracy the community 1tself has the
best chance to be an active agent for greater
human welfare.
  However, in their extreme form order,
freedom, and democracy are incompatible.
The orderliness of a static society, without
provision for orderly change, the anarchy of
unrestrained individualism, and the tyranny
of the majority are excesses, precursors of
misery, that only the compromise of reason-
ableness can control. We believe in heads in
spite of two-headed calves; and without just
pr',portion the body politics as well as the
body physical is monstrous.
  Democracy, freedom, and order have al-
ways been in danger. Today I believe the
dangers of international disorder and of in-
ternal encroachment on the rights of the
individual are even greater than the by no
means negligible dangers to our democratic
system.
  Compromises vary. The compromises of
the intelligent and courageous are themselves
intelligent and  courageous. Our Supreme
Court gave us an example of this in stating
that racial segregation in public education
is in conflict with the Constitution while
recognizing the complexity of the problem
and the time and patience needed for the
required changes. (Of course they had, to
help them, the example of the University's
handling of a similar problem in our frater-
nities.)
  No freedom is absolute. Compromise is
necessary; choice itself restricts freedom; and
there is always a limit to capacity. However,
compromises may be those of generosity and
wisdom, not of weakness; the intelligent,
Wisconsin Alumnus, December, 1956
                    Choice
the limitation and expression of freedom
           (Continued from page 12)


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