Advice that was something to sniff at
Ottawa resident Rose-Marie Batley, Arts’68, shares a fond memory of the late Prof. John Coleman
Re: “In memoriam . . .” Issue #4-2010, p. 17
I was sorry to read of the death of Dr. John Coleman, DSc’93, although living to 93 is an achievement. I took second-year calculus from Coleman in 1965-66. I still recall him in front of the large class in the lecture hall holding his calculus book, opening it wide (the spine already broken) and saying to us, "Get to know your textbook. Smell your textbook," while he sniffed the pages deeply. I thought then he might be a little off, but I still have that textbook and I am still getting to know it.
As a secondary school teacher, and even as a principal and superintendent, I enjoyed teaching calculus more than any other course. John Coleman clearly left an impression on me and likely many others.