Linda Fischer 82
The theme for Homecoming and Reunion Weekend 2006 is The Story of Southwestern. In that spirit, Alumni Relations invites all alumni to share their Southwestern stories. Learn how by visiting www.sugrads.org. Heres one:
My name is Linda Fischer 82 and this is my Southwestern story. Along with other members of the Georgetown High School (GHS) cross-country team, I trained on the Southwestern golf course. At the time, Doc Tex Kassen was the athletic director at Southwestern. He would always visit with us and said if we ever needed anything, we could see him.
When I graduated from GHS, I needed a job so I went to see Doc. He remembered me and wanted to know about my summer plans. I mentioned the offer he used to make and said that I needed a job. He looked somewhat perplexed. He kindly told me that jobs available at the gym were reserved for Southwestern students. My heart just sank. Then, he asked me if I would be attending college. I told him that I had no immediate plans or the resources to attend college in the coming year. His eyes lit up when I told him I was a member of the National Honor Society and a Rotary Scholar. He said, I think you should meet with Ms. Taylor in our Admission Office. Promise me you will go see her. I promised and asked for directions. When I walked through the door, she was waiting for me. Doc had called ahead and told her I was on my way.
Ms. Taylor gave me a list of things I would need to accomplish to be considered for the fall semester so I quickly gathered the necessary documents and submitted my application. I went back to thank Doc. I was grateful for all that he had done for me. He asked me to keep him posted.
I warmed to the thought of attending college. When I read the words You have been accepted, I thought I had died and gone to heaven. I went to see Doc again, and it was like he already knew. I guess the smile on my face told him I made it.
I never forgot what Doc did for me. I joined the Army after Southwestern. Whenever I came home, I always tried to see Doc to keep him up to date on my travels. Last year, I received word that Doc had passed away. I could not be here for the service, so my sister Anna went to pay respects. I made a promise to Doc that I would finish my doctoral degree. My degree was posted December 2005 at the University of Southern California. I hope to use my degree in a way that would make Doc proud.
Doc was just one of many who touched my heart at Southwestern, but I owe my experience to Doc Tex Kassen.