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Remembering Judith Crist

By Peter Kupfer (formerly Cooper) ’88
Freelance writer, editor, photographer

I am so sorry to hear about Ms. Crist's death. She was an inspiring teacher who taught me more about the craft of writing than any other teacher I've ever had. She was tough and uncompromising but always fair. I'll never forget her sitting at the head of the long table where our class met, an omnipresent cigarette dangling from her lips as she caustically dissected a student essay. She was a formidable figure, but underneath that frail, crusty shell was a warm and caring heart. She taught me about the power and beauty of words and the importance of being clear and accurate. She also taught me the importance of being on time; if you turned in an assignment late -- even by a few minutes -- it was an automatic F. It was a hard lesson I never forgot.

Posted by: AlumniAlumni August 2012

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