Monday, December 31, 2018

A graduation without a graduate is a bittersweet thing*


It was easier to stay silent than to write this, and I don’t know how far I’ll get.

I haven’t written many stories lately because I made it a rule way back in June that the next thing I wrote about would be to ask if TCC would consider awarding David Lowe his degree posthumously.  

David Lowe was my student at TCC in 2006 and again in 2009-10; he was a Vietnam Vet and an avid outdoorsman and disability activist, but the one thing he really wanted to accomplish in life was to complete his degree so that he could get a job helping other Veterans.  

I’ve done this before, and TCC said yes -- the story became Marvin’s Book: The Story of a Professor and a Promise.   The money from Marvin’s Book (at least $100 a month) was promised to TCC to create a scholarship – The Hero Scholarship -- for David Lowe to return to school. 


David’s chronic health issues kept him from completing a single semester back, but he was pleased that other student Veterans have received – and continue to receive - help in his name.

A graduation without a graduate is a bittersweet thing, almost overwhelming to imagine, but to let David’s story go untold would be sadder still.

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RANSOMING DAVID (PICTURE FROM 2 OF THE 6 TRIPS)



COOL SHINY MAN


THE LAST TIME I SAW DAVID


MARVIN'S BOOK