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As an alumnus and past trustee, I have scanned many a Scene publication. This latest issue, which I finally finished reading from cover to cover, is the best ever — not just as an alumni magazine, but also as an absorbing, interesting and, yes, artful work.

Many thanks to you and your staff. The only problem is to match or better the next one.

— Chet Daniels ’56

ABC’s of Alaska

As a Willamette alumna from Alaska (living back in Alaska now), I was happy to read “The ABC’s of Alaska” in the briefs section of the spring issue. I am hoping there will be a follow-up article about the work the MAT candidates and instructors do while they are here working with rural schools. Please let us know about their progress and results.

— Courtney Everard ’00

Paying Tribute

So that’s what it comes down to. The life and career of a 27-year Willamette faculty member summarized in four inches of 6-point type on page 51 of The Scene. No photograph, no remembrances from former students, no eulogy from contemporaries or University leadership.

Stanley Butler taught music theory, music history and music appreciation to hundreds of Willamette students over his career.... I studied piano with [him], although I was not a music major. I corresponded with him until his death. I attended one of his retirement recitals billed as his last, although it wasn’t.

Stanley Butler toiled in a fringe of the Willamette environment. Most students in the College of Liberal Arts did not take classes from him. He was not as well known as Daniel Schultze, Ted Shay, Paul Trueblood, Ivan Lovell, Buzz Yocum or Chester Luther. But he had important and lasting impacts on many students. He shaped lives through music. He helped students achieve objectives, both at Willamette and, with lessons learned, later in life. He should be remembered for the role he played in combining academic rigor and musical precision with the maturing lives of the young men and women whom he instructed. His work affected not only the formative and adult lives of his many students, but also future generations through his legacy and memory.

Stanley Butler merits pause and reflection as one of Willamette University’s prized faculty members.

— Marvin F. Case ’65

Editor’s Note: The Scene is often the first word alumni receive that a beloved faculty member has passed, meaning tributes such as this come in only after publication. So we will create a section of the online version of the magazine for readers to share remembrances and reflections, and will include photos of faculty from their tenure at the University as they are available.

Wanting to Reconnect

Several readers, incluing Diane (McKenney) Mulholland ’70 and Joseph Harvey ’54, wrote in response to the “103-yearold Recalls Birth of Star Trees” article in the fall issue of The Scene, asking for an address to contact Margaret Ringnalda. She would be delighted to receive your letters. Someone will contact you directly with her address.

Our Mistake

I greatly enjoyed the story “103-year-old Recalls Birth of Star Trees” in the fall 2007 issue, but there is a mistake in the box at the bottom of the page. The Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) is the tallest tree in the world. The Giant Sequioia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) is the world’s largest tree by volume. Just a quick note from someone who studies tree rings for a living.

— Evan Larson ’02

The chemistry faculty wanted to let you know that Natalie Muren ’06, who was acknowledge in the fall Scene for her National Science Foundation Award, was actually a chemistry major, not biology.

— Karen Holman, associate professor of chemistry

Editor’s Note: Thanks to our readers for keeping us on our toes.


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