Dear Dean Hazeltine,

I met you early on a chilly spring Saturday morning in 1977 during my freshman year. I was sitting in the stern of the Freshman Eight for my first inter-collegiate rowing race. You walked up to the boat, shook hands and wished luck to every member of the crew. I had no idea who you were until one of the coaches told me you were a professor. I was stunned that anyone from the faculty would care or be interested in the freshman crew.

I think you attended every home race thereafter during my entire four years on the crew team. You made an indelible impression on me that day with your warmth, curiosity and interest in all things related to the student body. I so enjoyed taking your classes and being exposed to the world of business and investment decision-making process. It must have influenced my ultimate career choice.

I am so glad my eldest daughter, Caroline, has had the opportunity to take your course this past semester. True to your incredible memory, when she came up to introduce herself, you immediately asked her if she was going to be a coxswain almost 30 years after you first shook my hand that chilly spring day on the dock by the Seekonk.

Congratulations on this important milestone. Happy Birthday!

Norman W. Alpert
Class of 1980
New York, NY

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