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Read McNamara '69
May 6, 2017
I have spent the last 7 years as an Asst. Dean at Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management. Prior to this Sunset Years gig, I spent 35 years in the corporate world, most of that time living in Latin America and Asia, working for consumer goods companies. Four of our five children graduated from Colgate, and two of them had the good fortune to have Tony in the classroom, as I did in 1966. We are all in touch with Tony to this day.
Too many to list but here are two: 1. Tony and "Chief" McClelland would open our Core 11 class in 212 McGregory with "Pearls of Wisdom", an odd compilation of letters home from Colgate students of yesteryear-lots of laughs and a great way to engage his students and open up their minds to the upcoming lecture. 2. Tony led a group of students on a trek to Guatemala, where my wife and I were living in 1975, and we hosted a reception for him and his student group. He shared with us that night what was clearly the beginning of what was to become his field-archaeoastronomy and the Mayan culture.
Stick by your principles. Tony took a huge risk when, as a yet to be tenured Faculty member, he did not think twice about joining Colgate students in the peaceful occupation of the Ad Building in 1968. That principled decision could have led to unfavorable decision on his tenure.
Tony and Lorraine are a great team and I wish them good health and a wonderful next adventure. The rare combination of outstanding classroom teacher, premier researcher, author, and friend of all will not soon be seen again at Colgate. The two generations of McNamaras who were priveleged to know Tony as a guide to the love of learning, will always remember him with fondness and admiration