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A very fine university magazine.

I read it all the time. The Winter 2009 issue had a good article on “Phenomenal Women.” I can’t wait for the next Pitt Magazine issue with “Phenomenal Men.”

Frank Molesky

Arts and Sciences ’67

Marietta, Ga.

Phenomenal, Too

I recently finished reading the Winter 2009 issue of Pitt Magazine and was particularly interested in your piece on “Phenomenal Women.” Since its founding in 1939, the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Nursing has graduated legions of highly successful women scholars and clinicians. In addition, Pitt’s PhD program in Nursing was one of the first in the nation and prepared many for successful academic careers. I hope that as we celebrate women at Pitt, we celebrate these outstanding women as well.

Margaret Grey

Nursing ’70

Dean and Annie Goodrich Professor

Yale University School of Nursing

New Haven, Conn.



Congratulations to your great article on “Phenomenal Women.” I’d like to add the name of Dr. Hilda Kreger to that list. Dr. Kreger taught with distinction in the Graduate School of Public Health in the 1960s-70s. She was a practicing physician and hospital administrator prior to that. Her last place to serve in the capacity of administrator was as CEO of Pittsburgh’s Magee-Womens Hospital. She was an inspiration to all of us who were under her instruction. She embodied the spirit of Pitt—an outstanding woman, physician, administrator, and professor.

Michael C. Waters

Graduate School of Public Health ’67

Dallas, Texas

And Again!

Congratulations on the most recent Pitt Magazine. I thought the piece on “Phenomenal Women” was outstanding: Two of them part of the National Academy—Wow!—and all the rest really impressive, too. Great article, good concept, nicely done.

Keith Brown

Emeritus Faculty, Anthropology

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Pa.


That Smile

Being a science major at Pitt in the mid-80’s, I was ever on the lookout for an interesting elective to round out my intense core classes. Ghosts, Masks, and Actors fit the bill perfectly. The class explored the various Japanese theater types (Noh, Kabuki, and Bunraku) as well as later Japanese cinema masterpieces (e.g., Kurosawa’s Hidden Fortress). The instructor was a slight Japanese woman in her 30s who was quick to smile and laugh. She informed us early in the semester that all of her tests would be open book. Test content would come almost exclusively from class notes. That being said, she strongly encouraged attendance so that when test time rolled around we wouldn’t find ourselves “in a pickle” (as she was so fond of saying).  She was truly a delight. Years later, I remember few of my professors and even fewer by name.  Keiko McDonald is the exception. She always smiled, made me laugh, and took me away from science and back to Feudal Japan a couple of times a month. She is surely missed by all those closest to her.

Brent Jones

Arts and Sciences ’89

Glenmoore, Pa.

Mining Life

I enjoy receiving the magazine. Thank you for publishing the lovely article, “Mining for Energy,” and the story behind the rebirth of mining engineering at the Swanson School of Engineering. I was overwhelmed with pride earlier this year, when the Department of Civil Engineering awarded me recognition as a Distinguished Alumnus. Seeing the article later in the same week made the experience especially gratifying. Pitt and mining have both been extremely important in my career and my life. It’s rare to read positive stories about coal mining these days, and I and my company, CONSOL Energy, work hard to get out the word about all of the great benefits the industry


James J. McCaffrey

Engineering ’78, Business ’87G

Washington, Pa.