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Memorably off the mark

Surprisingly readable

I picked up the April edition of Johns Hopkins Magazine the day it arrived in the mail, planning to glance through it for interesting articles before throwing it into the recycling bin (sorry). I ended up reading the magazine from cover to cover. Every article in it was informative, well-written, and unbiased. I was especially inspired by "Shock Treatment," the article about trauma surgeon Dr. Eddie Cornwell. After reading it, I passed it on to my husband to read and plan to share the article with other friends and family.

Your magazine sheds light on the harsh realities of issues such as medicine, natural disasters, public policy, and politics. But you also offer hope and provide opportunities to get involved and make a difference. I commend you for producing such an excellent journal. And I'll never again pick up this magazine with the intention of scanning it just before tossing it out with the milk jugs and aluminum cans.

Josette Parker Covington,
SPH '00 (MA), MD, MPH
Wilmington, Delaware

Memorably off the mark

The memory of my good friend and classmate Robert Wilson '43 needs a bit of tweaking — as does mine, so frequently.

His letter [April] kindled many fond memories. However, he was off the mark in one regard. He spoke of ROTC leading to an "appointment as an officer in the U.S. Army." Normally this was true. Our class, though, was the first wartime class required to attend class throughout the summer of 1942, eliminating the previously required attendance at ROTC summer camp, six weeks in duration. As a result, we did not get our gold bar on the commencement platform in February '43; instead, the four years of ROTC training qualified us to select the officer candidate school of any branch of service, which we then attended for 13 weeks in order to earn that gold bar. I quickly learned what a blessing that was: Four years of college-level ROTC would have left me ill-prepared to lead an infantry platoon in combat.

Bob, you'd be surprised how many of us from the Class of February '43 are still alive and kicking!

Warren C. Yursick, A&S '43
Miramar Beach, Florida

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