Allen B Tucker ’63
Like my classmates, my Wesleyan years were full of learning, work, play, and forming lasting friendships. But more specifically, Wesleyan taught me two really important attitudes:
Love of computing: In 1962 I took a Math course taught by Tibor Rado, who had been an understudy of Alan Turing in the 1940s. For computer science buffs, Turing is regarded as the "godfather" of computers as we know them today. Rado himself was a brilliant mathematician and lecturer, and his lectures spellbound me (and probably others) about the mathematical beauty of a concept known as the "Universal Turing Machine". At that time, I had no clue about what I wanted to do after Wesleyan, but that class touched a nerve in me that has been overactive ever since!
Social commitment: I was raised in small New England town with a monolithic culture. The only diversity there was between Protestants and Catholics. Going to Wesleyan opened my eyes to a much more diverse cultural landscape and especially to a whole new set of ideas about the world and my role in it. One particularly inspiring moment for me came from the following words of President Butterfield in a chapel talk: "If you think your four years at Wesleyan were the best four years of your life, then Wesleyan will have failed." What he was really saying was, "Get out there and make a difference in whatever world you find!"
I am very grateful for this Wesleyan experience. I really believe that we in the class of '63 have lived through a golden age of human history.