I have no idea when this was taken or what it was all about but it’s certainly interesting:
What’s got me puzzled is the mix of people at the table. That’s Alan Chapman with the cigarette dangling from his lips and Franz Brotzen (characteristically making a point with his hands) at the left. Both were long time engineering professors and both also served terms as Dean. Standing in the back is Bill Gordon, who was Dean of both Science and Engineering for a while. I’m guessing that the guy who belongs to the bald head at right is Holmes Richter, who served variously and for long stretches as Chairman of Chemistry and Dean of Graduate Studies. I can’t quite place the man at front right. However, this is clearly a powerful group. So why are they all meeting with what look to be students? Any guesses as to time? Do you think it’s in Cohen House? I’m lost here, people.
Personal Note: I’m very grateful to everyone who wrote with condolences after my mother’s passing. It helps.
Extra Personal Note: The best thing that happened in the last ten days is that I found boxes full of old family photos that I’d never seen before–and they are labeled!