“the passing of an old sentinel,” 1921

Yesterday I was looking for something in some William Ward Watkin materials and I found this little poem written by Dr. Lovett and its accompanying explanation. It was in a folder labeled “Landscaping.” While I do follow the logic, that doesn’t seem quite right.

It’s hard to be sure but I think the tree Lovett so admired is at the left just inside Gate 1:

When I read this I sat down on the floor and cried. It might be time to take some vacation.

Bonus: I’ve been seeing these little guys all over campus recently. They look like juvenile golden crested night herons.

Extra Bonus: That was quick.


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7 Responses to “the passing of an old sentinel,” 1921

  1. Bill Peebles, Hanszen '70 says:

    Once upon a time at the southwest corner of Kirby and Richmond there was an old house with a magnificent stand of huge oak trees. When they were cut down to make room for another tasteless strip center I was saddened. I can empathize with Dr. Lovett.

  2. joni says:

    Just lovely. Thanks for sharing and keeping his thoughts alive.

  3. joecwhite says:

    He walked from the Rice Hotel to campus and back every day? In a suit?

  4. marmer01 says:

    I thought he lived at the Plaza. That makes the walk somewhat more plausible.

    • James Medford says:

      The Plaza Hotel didn’t open until 1926, and he did walk to campus from there. I have a hard time believing he walked from the Rice Hotel to campus every day.

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