I have so much to do and so many questions coming all the time from all different directions that I generally just keep plowing forward no matter what. It’s a rare day when I go back to something I’ve already dealt with. For the last week, though, I’ve been unable to shake something I read when I was gathering the materials to write about Konnie Kolenda.
I’d been happy to find among his things a transcript of the memorial service that was held in the Rice chapel after his death. In particular, I wanted to include these remarks by his wife, which flesh out some very interesting biographical details:
But over the last few days it’s been something else from that service that keeps coming back to me, just a small thing that Dr. Kolenda’s colleague from the Philosophy Department, Steve Crowell, opened his remarks with. I had to go back to the box and dig out the transcript to be sure I’d read it correctly.
I can’t decide what I think about this.
Bonus: Pauline Kolenda describes above how her husband pursued his philosophy studies at Rice with “his beloved professors Radoslav Tsanoff and James Street Fulton.” I found this picture tucked into an envelope–Tsanoff and Fulton are in the middle.
Extra Bonus: That looks like a Phi Beta Kappa key on Tsanoff’s vest.