Alumnus Medic in Iraq
With all of the emphasis on the war in Iraq I thought you might
be interested in fitting an alumnus's face and name into the broader
picture. My son, Lieutenant Commander Richard H. Jadick '87,
USN, who was raised near Albany, New York, was first commissioned
as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and attained the rank of
captain. When given the opportunity to go to medical school on
a naval scholarship, he attended and graduated from New York College
of Osteopathic Medicine.
As a physician he has spent almost all of his
time providing medical service for marine infantry units at Camp
Lejeune Marine Base in
North Carolina. Since World War II, marines have been known as "devil
dogs," and they affectionately refer to their physicians as "devil
docs." As I write, Richard is deployed in the Middle East aboard
the helicopter carrier Iwo Jima. He is the ranking medical
officer of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which is made up
of 2,200 battle-ready amphibious assault troops. When they go into
action, the medical support team is right with them.
While he is away his wife of two years, Melissa Hemlock Jadick '94,
practices pediatrics in Jacksonville, North Carolina. She joins
many spouses holding down the home front just outside the gates
of Camp Lejeune and makes a serious contribution to both the military
and civilian community.
Hopefully this picture will help put a face, one of many faces,
on the war. It should help us to appreciate the sacrifice that
is being made on behalf of our way of life, and our freedoms. I'd
like the Ithaca faculty and alumni to know that they have contributed,
by way of education and environment, to a career path that serves
our country. Regardless of what our politics or feelings are about
the war, we should respect those who have committed themselves
to our service.
Richard V. Jadick
Sneads Ferry, North Carolina
IC Faculty: Leftist Bias?
I must express how ashamed I am of Ithaca College after reading
an article in the April 17 issue of the Ithacan regarding
the absence of political diversity within the faculty. I am not
surprised, however, after reading the Quarterly's one-sided
coverage of controversial issues. The left-leaning bias is so pronounced
that I have been tempted to request you discontinue sending it
to me. Please do not pretend to promote diversity while it's obviously
your design to keep your liberal club exclusive of diverse thinking
and, therefore, teaching. I would like to read in some future issue
that you are embarking on a program of affirmative action to remedy
this imbalance. I won't hold my breath.
Tim Fischer '81
West Bloomfield, Michigan
Send in Your Class Notes!
I'm older now. The class of '72
listings have slipped far to the back of "Class Notes," where once I remembered all those "old" alums
could be found. Now it's where my name might be found (if ever
I were to send the ICQ a note or two). I do not. Sometimes
there's barely a sentence in the listing with a name I remember.
We have gone about the appointed rounds of our lives, this class
. . . and what was once vitally important --- this College, this
place --- is only a distant home for memories.
I remain grateful that the ICQ continues to connect me
with Ithaca, and I eagerly await each installment. It matters little
that there's not a great deal of news listed under the class of
'72. What remains most important, I suppose, is that we haven't
yet dropped off the pages completely.
Still, though, I'd like to encourage
our "Hot Flashes," "Gamma
Delts," "AERho," and "PhiEK" friends to fill up that column. Send
some news about where life has taken you. Brag. Document. Check
in. I guarantee I'll be reading what you write --- and I won't
Rick Sands '72
Binghamton, New York
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