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Stardust Memories
Thank you so much for using Joe and Val (Henn) Fowler’s wedding picture in the latest edition (Alumni Notes, Fall 2010) of Rutgers Magazine. The Fowlers and the Henns have heard from so many family members, friends, and long-lost classmates who attended Rutgers and recognized the names or realized the couple looked like someone with whom they went to college! You added one more memorable moment to the day. We are truly appreciative.
Lorraine (Gabriel) Fowler DC’78, GSE’84

Having Your Cake and Rutgers, Too
I recently celebrated my 90th birthday with my family. The highlight of the event was a memory cake that my children helped design, reflecting what my family knew of the things that were important in my life: the old car that saw many happy vacation trips; the organ that as a hobby gave me much pleasure over the years; and the Rutgers logo, representing the center of my life.
Helen L. Terr CCAS’72

An Oasis of Opportunity
I had to write to say I really enjoyed the Fall 2010 issue of Rutgers Magazine. The format and articles were terrific. Of course, being a Douglass alumna, I particularly enjoyed the article on Douglass (“An Oasis of Opportunity”). Thank you!
Barbara C. Zimmerman DC’64

As an alumna who found the overtly sexist Mad Men world of the 1970s more comprehensible than the values of mid-1960s Douglass, I read the article about the new Douglass Residential College with a sense of hope tempered by skepticism.

Yes, we had a voice at Douglass, but too often were pressured to sing the same song in the same key. Yes, my professors encouraged me to pursue graduate studies, but when I asked about job prospects, they blithely said there was plenty of work available, and when I asked about the academic politics reputed to derail careers, several denied there was such a thing. And, of course, we were assured we could “have it all.”

Your article repeats the frequent statement about an inherent difference in leadership styles between men and women. What exactly are these differences, and have they been found to hold true universally? Or are contemporary women being forced into leadership styles with which we ourselves are incompatible—just like many men have been forced to assume social roles in which they have been uncomfortable?

There’s no doubt that the Rutgers of 2010 is a better institution than the one of 1967: more diverse, better managed, and better respected. I do not question the need for improvement of the status of women in the United States and throughout the world, or the need to provide college students with the opportunities and skills to harness their idealism about social change. But women in our society do not, cannot, and should not lead in isolation. Instead of supporting a sheltered women’s institution, Rutgers would be better served by a small residential college that stresses human leadership education and encompasses dialogue between men and women of all backgrounds, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. You could start at Douglass and send it to the larger Rutgers community—and the world.
Kathryn Ruth Bloom DC’67

CORRECTIONS
In the story “A Two-Way Street” (Fall 2010), Larry Katz, a professor in the Department of Animal Sciences in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, was incorrectly identified as the chair of the department as well. He no longer holds that title.

In On the Banks, the article “The Form of Health Care” (Fall 2010) incorrectly identified students participating in SHAPES, a student-run initiative to help residents of New Brunswick. Students representing the physician assistant program cited are part of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Health Related Professions, not the Robert Wood Johnson Physician Assistant Program. The woman appearing in the accompanying photograph is Aminta Bhatt, a physician assistant student.