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Messy on the Inside

The late John Lewis ’67 told me the following anecdote. He was called into Dean Cobbs’ office for a little chat because he had been neglecting his studies. As she put him on academic probation, she said, “John, you had a beard last semester. It is my observation that people who are messy on the outside are messy on the inside.” Somehow this quote, as written, seems flat. Dean Cobbs’s Southern drawl isn’t there. (“It is mah obsuhvation…”) When I moved to Virginia in 1973, I kept meeting people who sounded just like her and it transported me right back to my college years.

Elizabeth Probasco Kutchai ’66
Charlottesville, Va.

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