Every year at Alumni Days, Alumni Association staff are newly astounded at the collective vitality, wisdom, and humor of the Iowa Staters who gather on campus to celebrate their 50th, 55th, 60th, 65th, and 70th reunions.
This year was no exception. We watched in admiration as an 85-year old guest climbed to the top of the Campanile. We listened to stories of beloved families, successful careers, and exciting travels. We could have written about almost any one of the 250 alumni who attended, but we have room for only one story and here it is:
Maurine Smith Stoll has spent most of her life simultaneously being a teacher and a student. She graduated from Iowa State in 1950 in interior decorating but discovered early in her career that what she really wanted to do was teach. After graduation, she moved to Syracuse, N.Y., with her husband, Russell. The town of Skaneateles needed a K-12 art teacher, so Maurine put her hair in an upsweep to look older and plunged into teaching art and mechanical drawing.
Although Maurine's energy investment soon included raising four sons, she never stopped being both a student and a teacher. She took classes in no less than 12 institutes in Syracuse and later in the Chicago area - picking up classes in art and anthropology. She and her husband were passionately interested in ancient civilizations, and over the years they visited and studied many ancient cultures.
By the time they were in their mid-'40s Maurine and Russell had visited the Aztec, Maya, Inca, Roman and Grecian ruins. But they wanted more than just visiting - they wanted to totally immerse themselves in the ancient civilizations of Mexico.
Read the rest of this article in the 9/26 Pilot Tribune.