In Response to: Lives: An Appreciation

Every year your section on “Lives Lived and Lost” fascinates me, but I seriously urge you to drop it. The reason is that it is so frustrating to read about these people and sometimes wish to write to them or even meet them, but that is impossible because every single one of them is deceased. I think you should replace the section with a section of equal length dealing with living alumni/ae. It could emphasize alumni from older classes as does the present section. I cannot see any downside to my recommendation. It even would be better for those written about; they’d actually get to read about themselves. A year from now prepare a section and call it “Fascinating Lives Honored in 2022” — or “Lives Being Lived.” 

James William Anderson ’70
Wilmette, Ill.