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Volume 43, Number 2



EDITOR Susan Rosenberg



DESIGNERS Michael Malone

Maryann Teale Snell WRITERS

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LETTERS Health and prevention

The fall Scope’s feature articles on health professionals are some of the best I’ve read. While much is discussed today about health care—i.e., how to care for the sick—very little is mentioned about illness prevention. Proper nutrition and exercise can minimize the inci- dence of the diseases that plague our present health care system. Sadly, some physicians would rather dispense pills and order expen- sive tests instead of suggesting an exercise program. The big pharmacy firms also play their negative role by urging the use of their products for whatever ails you. The bottom line is profit, not prevention—after all, a cured patient is no longer a paying customer. You are to be commended for emphasizing the positive roles of our present and future health professionals. Thank you for an inspir- ing issue of Scope.

Ann Hammel Kahl ’51 Apopka, Fla.

Doctors and nurses

What a shame that “In the Pink” [fall Scope] had almost no mention of Skidmore’s stellar nursing program, which was abruptly ended in 1985.

Skidmore for many years was in the fore- front of nursing education. We nursing majors were referred to as “nursing scholars.” For our New York City training, there was a nursing dorm in midtown Manhattan, and we did our rotations at NYU, Bellevue, and New York Hospital, as well as visiting-nurse rotations in Harlem, Washington Heights, and the Village. We were widely known for being well-prepared and, most importantly, well-educated nurses. Many of my classmates went on to receive ad- vanced degrees and are leaders in the field. I received my MSN from Columbia in nurse anesthesia in 1991. I have always been proud to call myself a Skidmore nurse and, believe or not, that is still recognized in my field. I felt it was tremendously short-sighted of the admin- istration at the time to terminate our program, and I find it slightly ironic that Skidmore is now aligned again in New York City, at NYU, in a program spearheaded by a Skidmore nurse [Terry Thomas Fulmer ’76]. The new version of

the Skidmore nurse probably visits similar clin- ical sites but now receives an NYU degree. Maura Matthews Walsh ’84 Boston, Mass.

Thanks—it was fun to read the fall Scope. In my senior year as a biology major, several of my classes were independent studies, one-on- one or in very small groups. Professor Roy Meyers was my hero! The biology department was very supportive and held a mock interview for me before I visited medical schools. I be- lieve only one other senior was going through the medical school application process that year, although several classmates attended med school a few years later. I would be curious to see where more physician-alumni ended up practicing and in what fields.

I went to Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago, did a pediatrics residency at the University of Minnesota, and have been practic- ing primary-care pediatrics—while raising four kids and trying to balance career and family! Heidi Roy Hubbard ’90 Lakeland, Minn.

Earlier men at Skidmore

The fall Scope article about the “early man” at Skidmore seemed to forget the 25 postwar veterans in the class of 1950 [and others in that same era]. They were a great asset to our classes, and it was a shame that it took so long for the college to realize that Skidmore could be coed without disintegrating. We even had a football match against Vassar, with our dean perched on the back of someone’s convertible! Irene Marcus Senter ’50 Cos Cob, Conn.

The “early man” article was fascinating. But in my years, 1945–49, we did have a few good men at the college, under the GI Bill. I re- member one who was a fine artist in Professor Alice Moshier’s art class. And our football game against Vassar made Life magazine. I enjoy Scope very much—makes me proud of our graduates and of Skidmore’s innovative programs led by outstanding professors. Betsy Bell Condron ’49 Kingston, Pa.

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