Rhythms of the Heart
The Body Polytechnic
I was delighted to see the latest news about Nancy Fitzroy in the fall issue. It barely scratched the surface. She is, of course, a brilliant engineer and long-standing advocate for women in engineering. She also has a wry sense of humor and has always shone light on the absurd. She was almost matched by her late husband, Roland, who proudly wore his “wife” badge at American Chemical Society meetings. In those days, ACS could not imagine that the wife would be the primary attendee.
The Fitzroys led an amazing life — piloting their Cessna 310, both making a huge difference with technical skill and sharp challenges to silly societal norms. My late first wife, also named Nancy, was a Sage grad and eventually earned her business doctorate. Our three daughters have benefited from their pioneering work.
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Enjoyed reading the One Last Thing article on the NASA award by Karyn Rogers. I’d abandon retirement to take part in that program.
My experience at RPI’s School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, in pursuit of an M.S. in Scientific and Technical Communication, enabled me to teach English composition, technical communication, and, later, history of American science and technology, for 21 years, at a technical college here in Vermont.
I’m a big supporter of science in general, but an even bigger supporter of science education, in our schools and in the public media. It’s one matter to learn the science, but a matching challenge to spread that knowledge to those who need it for the survival of humanity and our planet.
JOSEPH WHELAN ’71, Montpelier, Vermont
I enjoyed the article on Dr. Jackson. The second sentence in the article, which starts, “Among the candidates, including a college president...,” was of particular interest to me, and I’d like to share a related anecdote.
The college president in question had a great interest in, and had published extensively on, the topic of optimal methodologies for engineering education. In 2013, my wife and I had the opportunity to spend time with him. At that time, Dr. Jackson had been the president of RPI for 14 years.
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His exact words were, “Shirley Jackson was the perfect person, at the perfect time, for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.”Congratulations on 20 great years!
STEVE LEVY ’74, Rowlett, Texas