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Forgotten genius

In the winter issue of Scope [“Creative Genius”], you note that Elizabeth LaCompte ’67 was “Skidmore’s first recipient” of a MacArthur grant; hers was awarded in 1995. While she is the first Skidmore graduate to have received the award, the first Skidmore recipient was Mott Greene, a professor in the history department, who received it in the early 1980s.
Gerald Erchak
Professor of Anthropology

Editor’s note: True enough. Greene, a historian of science, won his MacArthur in 1983, just before he left Skidmore and became the John B. Magee Distinguished Professor at the University of Puget Sound in Washington.

Motherly greeting missed

We sensed something was different when trying to call our Alma Mater (or “fostering mother,” as defined in the dictionary) Helen Senecal [who recently retired as Skidmore’s switchboard operator]. Thanks for acknowledging her loyal greeting and putting her heart on the “line” [“Smooth Operator,” winter Scope]. Maybe you could put her voice on the Skidmore Web site and have her greet us each time we log on?

Roland MacKenzie ’85
Lutherville, Md.


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