By Curtis Chubb
Without the honor of attending Hopkins and being awarded a Ph.D. from the School of Hygiene and Public Health in 1978, my life would not have been as full as it has been.
I owe Hopkins.
I will never forget the 1978 commencement ceremonies. Dr. Steven Muller was President. Reverend Chester Wickwire was there (he was the chaplain for my marriage ceremony the year before). Dr. Larry Ewing was there (he was my Mentor and Best Friend ever). All great humans – all are missed.
The speaker for the ceremonies was Dr. John R. Evans.
Usually I remember little about what commencement speakers say – but one thing that Dr. Evans said struck me as important at the time – and the concept he expressed has stuck in my mind ever since that day over 37 years ago.
He said that what you took away from Hopkins could be compared to being on a Lufthansa jet that was preparing to crash and the flight attendant announcing, “If you listened to the instructions given at the beginning of the flight, the nearest land is due east. If you did not listen to the instructions, thank you for flying Lufthansa.”
I listened to what I learned at Hopkins.