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Caroline Sherman '87
October 18, 2016
Professor Aveni is the bright star Who taught us of such things How they can align with constructs Inspire sunlit snakes and spiral rings He helped us imagine Empires of Time What was Behind The Crystal Ball Encouraged we take Stairways To The Stars Tony made Skywatchers of us all I followed him to wherever he lead From The Yucatan to the observatory hill Though watching him teach General Education Was perhaps my biggest thrill Here was this man of brilliance Who told us on our first day “I’ve never taught Plato or Augustine But together we will find our way.” It was in that class I learned how to learn From a man who was humble and true He taught you don’t have to know everything You just have to try and want to want to This angle was an epiphany A click into what makes great men shine An open heart, engagement in the world Ever since, he’s been a role model of mine He’s a giant among men A dreamer of dreams The epitome of wisdom With humorous themes He transcends the here and now Reaches back in time through space He IS Colgate to me and my family So much the heart of that place I adore Anthony Aveni Dear Lorraine is equally as swell Please count me among the many Who wishes them both very, very well