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Adventures in Writing, Reading & Book Culture

Memory, Memorial

Think quickly: Who was your favorite teacher? Don’t think about it, just answer.

A wonderful encomium on NPR by journalist Barbara Bradley Hagerty speaks about her college professor, Dr Fred Stocking, at Williams College, in Massachusettes. An literature professor, Dr Stocking helped shape Hagerty’s mind as she was deciding to become a journalist. Years later, and through letters mostly, Hagerty kept in touch with her “old” professor. After retiring, Dr Stocking took up painting at age 80; at 91 he played the role of Gonzalo in The Tempest at the community theater. Dr Fred Stocking died at age 94 this past July.

Listen to or read the full story here.

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