THE MAILBAG

Former Profs Fondly Remembered
I read with interest the recent piece on Albert Teich [“Rendezvous with Retirement,” fall 2002]. I took two semesters of Business Law with him in 1980-81, and can to this day say that those were the two favorite classes in my college experience.
– Donnie Shelton ’81
Katy, Texas

I graduated from ODU in 1984 and am much influenced by William D. Stanley [“Rendezvous with Retirement,” fall 2002]. While he was not my assigned adviser, we did have cause to talk about goals, ethics and service.

When I think of ODU, Dr. Stanley comes to mind immediately. His sense of service has heavily influenced my faithful donations to the university since I graduated.

I simply want to say “thanks” to Dr. Stanley. I feel I am somewhat successful, and he most certainly influenced that success.
– Marquis Erroll Sailor ’84
Summerville, S.C.

Funds Still Sought for Pindur Scholarship
In the fall 2001 edition of Old Dominion University magazine, you ran an article about the passing of Professor Wolfgang Pindur, which announced that the Graduate Center for Urban Studies and Public Administration was supporting an effort to raise funds for the endowment of a Wolfgang Pindur Memorial Scholarship and Award. While we’ve made a lot of progress toward collection of the necessary funds, we still have a long ways to go. I write this as a reminder about our continued effort.

Contributions may be sent to Lisa Murray, Office of Development, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Va. 23529.
– Brian Durham
Graduate Center for Urban Studies and Public Administration, Old Dominion University

Enjoys the Magazine
The magazine has come a long way since I graduated, and I think it is fantastic! I look forward to each issue. Keep up the good work.
– Kristin McHale Marple ’93
Marmora, N.J.

Remembering the Technical Institute
Because I work with so many fellow Old Dominion alumni at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, I often think back to my days at the school’s Technical Institute, where many of us trained in the field of engineering/architectural design technology.

The Technical Institute filled a great need in the community, supplying technicians to industries such as Newport News Shipbuilding (now Northrop Grumman Newport News), Norfolk Naval Shipyard and several smaller shipyards, as well as architectural, engineering, heating and air conditioning, and plumbing businesses.

The institute opened in 1945 and continued through the late 1960s, when a four-year bachelor’s technology degree program was started. Those of us who earned our A.A.S. degrees (Associate of Applied Science) at the Technical Institute were served well by our education. Many of these “engineering technology” graduates worked as technicians and designers on such projects as the Nimitz-class nuclear aircraft carriers, which were built at Northrop Grumman. Technology graduates also performed repair and overhaul work on naval ships and submarines at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard.

Many of us have been in our careers for 35 years or more. Some have followed an aircraft carrier from design through construction to present-day overhaul and repairs. Others have worked side-by-side with the engineers (also many of whom are ODU graduates) in their departments.

The salaries of these technicians have kept pace with inflation and, for the most part, increased proportionately with the engineers’ salaries. Courses taught at the institute, such as trigonometry, calculus, statistics, strength of materials and drafting (AutoCADD), made for well-trained technicians who were capable of supporting the engineers.

These same positions are now being filled by graduates from Old Dominion, and there remains a need for well-trained technicians with these same companies, as well as many others now in the Tidewater area.

I, like many of the people I work with, am grateful for the education we received at Old Dominion’s Technical Institute.
– Michael H. Geiger ’67
Suffolk, Va.