David H Lefkowitz

13 May 2022

I have been lucky to be a student, colleague, neighbor and friend of Mary for a long time. We also co-hosted two Alumni Adventure trips to Iceland.

In the early 80’s, as a student here, I took Geo 10 and Geomorphology, which was called Landform Analysis then, from Mary.

Those classes reinforced and solidified things that I’d been interested in in a less focused way before- She reminded me that paying close attention is always worthwhile.. but even when you do mysteries remain. Mary got me to think about the correspondences and the disparities between what we observe, what those observations mean, and the systems we create to try to figure that out.

She had us read John McPhee’s Basin and Range, a great, very readable narrative about plate tectonics- it helped convinced me of Larry Gould’s assertion, that Mary talked about in the A&I convo last fall, that science is one of the humanities.

She also said, “It’s ok not to understand most of what’s happening”, but entertaining questions is a good start. Mary conveys the notion that asking these questions, and the process of discovery itself, is a lot of fun, and that might be as significant as the answers you find.

It’s not an exaggeration to say that the experience of those courses had a big impact on my path as an artist.
Thanks, David

Alumni adventure- Iceland

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Mary discussing a rock in a parking lot at a snack stop- this picture says it all- integration of education and everyday life- curiosity about the world embedded in everyday experience.