Tribute

It was a wonderful tribute to Dave. I did not get up to speak, leaving that to his students, closer friends and colleagues. I find myself wanting to share now though. I came to Evergreen as a transfer student in 1973 and was in the first 4 year graduating class. I never took a class from Dave but I bought the dream. The dream of a new way of teaching and learning in a community where everyone was equal. Properties of Evergreen which Dave purposely instilled.

After graduation I got a part time staff job and busied myself by becoming involved in various DTF’s where I felt that my opinion mattered as much as a Dean at the same table.
Before that, I, and some other students, worked with the architects for Lab II creating what is now a fine metals studio. Finding a conundrum of not being able to set up the studio due to no faculty or programs in the discipline. My fellow students and I launched a trial balloon and the “Craftsmanship” program was born. Jean Mandeberg was hired and the studio completed and the program was a great success. This is pertinent because it was largely Dave’s philosophy that empowered us and it was totally student driven.

As some who spoke at the tribute mentioned, Dave treated everyone the same and taught me to value my own voice, even though I might have been considered by some as only a student or lowly staff member. Never so to Dave.

I often had lunch with Dave and Sandra Simon (if you knew Sandra you can imagine the stories) and got to know him better there than in any other way, though we often exchanged ideas while joining together for a smoke outside after it was banned inside.

So I bought the dream that Dave and his friends so cleverly crafted and graduated and never left. I spent 28 years at Evergreen and and am glad to count many faculty, provosts, deans, presidents and especially Dave as my friends. His mark on the institution is indelible.

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