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June11, 2008

Vol. 108, No. 15

A classics 'ephiphany'

The passing of President Goheen is sadly noted.

Although somewhat naive at the time, my game plan as a freshman at Princeton was to take as many gut courses as possible, collect a respectable number of “gentleman’s Cs,” and have an enjoyable experience skating through Princeton as a “good-time Charlie.” I happened at this time to take Lit 121, a Greek classics course taught by Goheen the year before he became president. I rarely if ever was prepared for his two weekly precepts. He took me aside one day and said, “Mr. Bednar, if you don’t straighten up, you’re going to flunk out of this great university.” (Also at this time, Dean Lippincott and I got to know each other very well.) It was then that I had an epiphany, so to speak.

As a senior several years later when he was president, we came across each other. He remembered my name and that conversation, and was pleased to know that I had “straightened up.”

Stephen J. Bednar '60
Lorton, Virginia

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