September 25, 2009

Good Morning:

This week has been hectic so pardon me if I make this brief. Along with our board meeting this week, a quick trip to D.C. to attend the Council for Higher Education Accreditation meeting and other pressing university business, Margie and I are preparing (at least mentally) for the marriage of another one of our children. Our only son, Tommy, will be married next weekend in a small family wedding in the Catskills.

I know our son reads these weekly messages because when I once jokingly remarked in a Tulane Talk that dogs are better than children because they don't talk back, he sent me a two-word reply: "WOOF-WOOF!"

That really made me laugh, as Tommy has done so often throughout the years. He and all of our children, and more recently grandchildren, have brought joy and fulfillment to our lives like no other experience. We are really looking forward to this next happy occasion as a family.

Finally, I want to thank the many people who congratulated me for receiving the 2009 Carnegie Corporation Academic Leadership Award. This recognition is really in honor of all of you, my other family, who work tirelessly on behalf of the university and community. Without your efforts, Tulane would not be the great institution it is and I would never have been so honored.

Have a great weekend,


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