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Letters

The University Record welcomes letters from members of the University community. Those on topics of broad University interest will be given preference for publication. Letters should be no more than 500 words and must be signed. The editorial staff reserves the right to reject any letter and to edit and/or condense letters for publication. The editorial staff also may limit the number of weeks letters may be published on an issue and the number of times one person’s viewpoint on an issue will be published. Letters may appear in small type. Organizations submitting material must include the name and address of an appropriate officer. Letters must be received by noon Wednesday to receive consideration for publication in the next issue.

To the Editor:

The obituary for Prof. Eugene Feingold, appearing in the Oct. 21 University Record, reported accurately the wide range of his accomplishments and interests. Permit me to record some other facts, at least as important as those, about this splendid colleague whom we have lost.

Gene Feingold was the fullest personification of a civil libertarian that I have ever known. He cared very deeply about racial justice, and genuinely free speech, and all the many rights of vulnerable citizens, of course, and he did, indeed, fight for these effectively as a leader of the American Civil Liberties Union. But also as an ordinary citizen, and as a citizen of our University, and as a thoughtful friend, fairness was his constant pursuit.

He was the soul of a truly just man, a patient and thoughtful man, a gracious and courteous man, a man of great intellectual penetration and generous spirit. He was calm and good humored in his quest for justice, but he was also tenacious and exceedingly wise.
Gene Feingold was a jewel in our community; he made us better, and he made me proud. Others will come to take his place, of course—but no one will ever replace him.

Carl Cohen, Prof. of Philosophy
Residential College, LSA

 

 

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