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Watching and participating in the Department’s uprooting from Dickens Hall was a highlight of the year. This was the second transplanting I have been involved in: Thompson Hall to Dickens to Seaton. (Huber Self has seen three of them). A notable and appreciated aspect of the Seaton arrangement is designated space for use of retire faculty. Biking up the hill still happens about once per week for me.
I have continued seeking homes for books and papers, with recycling a frequently used option. Through the year I have added to the collection of items with potential for a departmental history.
Enid and I have enjoyed several family events. Most notable was the reunion last summer near Seattle. All five of our children and their families joined us for “prime time” together. The New Zealand branch also visited us in Manhattan as did several recently grown-up (charming, of course) granddaughters.
We made a couple of trips to Washington, D.C. and several to Quinter in western Kansas as well as to Colorado, Lawrence and McPherson. We relish the recurring contacts with former students and with the delightful assembly of young people now in the Department.