Miami's physics department of the 1950s was justly noted for being student centered. Professors Ray Edwards, George Arfken and Phil Macklin, along with graduate instructors Hall Crannell and Joe Priest in particular, worked overtime to help every physics major succeed with a tough discipline.
After getting an MS in nuclear engineering at Columbia in 1960 - one of the first four M.S.- Nuc. Eng degrees ever awarded - I worked as a reactor physicist for GE's Atomic Power Equipment Division in San Jose CA. After a year or so I concluded my real calling wasn't physics, so I left the field - but I still read four science magazines every month.
I'm now completing fifteen years as CEO of a free market public policy think tank in Vermont, the Ethan Allen Institute. Before that I served in the Vermont House and Senate, and as Senior Policy Advisor in President Reagan's White House.
"I returned to campus for our 50th reunion this year, and had a big nostalgia attack. I wish every kid in America could have what Miami gave me."
- John McClaughry, AB Physics 1958