Looking at "The Arts in
Eileen Tate Cline vividly recalls the memorial service for
Leonard Bernstein held at St. John the Divine Cathedral in New
York City. Cline, then dean of the Peabody Conservatory, was
quite thrilled and surprised to be Hopkins' representative on
Cline says it was an extremely moving evening,
resplendent with a who's who of the music and entertainment
world. Yet the famous faces she encountered were not what made
this night special for her. That moment came when Peabody's own
pianist Leon Fleisher gave his performance.
"He said, 'I'm going to play this piece in his
memory.' Then he sat down and played a left-hand version of 'The
Man I Love,'" Cline said. "He wasn't out there to say, 'I'm Leon
Fleisher. I can play Bach, Beethoven, whatever.' But the point
was, he played this wonderful and touching Gershwin number. It
was one of the most powerful moments in my life."
This "spirit" of artistic sincerity is
something that deeply touches Cline.
Homewood honors its helping
A little more than 25 years ago, Larry Benedict, dean of Homewood
Student Affairs, was about to embark on a career in teaching. In
fact, he had already started to interview for various faculty
positions when his life took a slight detour. Benedict, in his
last year of graduate school at the University of Massachusetts
at Amherst, needed financial support, and the school's dean of
students, for whom Benedict had previously worked, told him he
"He called me and said, 'We liked you so much,
why don't you come back and work for us?' " Benedict said.
Benedict was hired to develop a telephone
survey, similar to the Gallup Poll, that would randomly choose
students and solicit their opinions about aspects of campus life.
Benedict completed the project, a system that is still in place
today, and spent the next 18 years at UMass working his way up to
associate vice chancellor for student affairs.
As a student employee, Benedict not only solved
his financial situation but also learned some valuable skills
that he would later turn into a career.
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