Richardson LeavesThe stay has been too short. This month...


June 15, 1995

Richardson Leaves

The stay has been too short. This month our city and state lose one of our most prominent citizens, William C. Richardson, the president of Johns Hopkins University.

He leaves us to head the Kellogg Foundation, the nation's second largest, after five all-too-brief years here.

But we had these years with Bill Richardson, we are thankful for them and recognize that though the person leaves, his work and good deeds will long be with us.

Bill Richardson's circle of associates and friends is a full one and extends far beyond the campuses of Johns Hopkins.

He has touched so many lives and events, and all are inspired by his grace, his wisdom, his warmth and caring, his intelligence, breadth of vision and total genuineness as a human being.

He is a man for all seasons. We do not see his like often.

One Hopkins dean said of him: "Here is a man who has not only done well -- but he's done good."

And another has recently spoken of his cheeriness: "He was happy to be with us -- no matter how big the problem loomed, his cheerfulness was there. Bill brought with him tremendous vigor, intelligence and optimism . . . He has tremendous integrity, and he's always marching around with a smile."

Milton S. Eisenhower was one of Bill Richardson's distinguished predecessors as Hopkins president. Dr. Eisenhower wrote: "For those who would follow, it is enough to be shown the path; for those who would lead, there must be the vision to blaze it."

Dr. Richardson has blazed countless trails in his brilliant career in this country, with much more to come. He is an unabashed idealist.

Some cast a jaundiced eye at professed idealists -- but it means one has ideals.

Bill Richardson has said: "I believe that you can alter your environment. You don't just have to take what comes along. You can get out and shape the environment . . . I'm always thinking, always thinking, what are things going to look like five or 10 years from now, then asking how one individual really can make a difference."

President Richardson has made and will continue to make one heck of a difference in our nation and world. There is no doubt.

We thank him and are grateful. We will miss him and his lovely wife, Nancy. We wish them well.

Robert I. H. Hammerman


Bad Taste

Apropos of your May 28 editorial "Agnew's Bust at the Capitol," and the tradition of gracing the Capitol with the busts of our vice presidents (all of them), I question whether any of the others whom you refer to as "having faced murder charges, owned slaves, accepted money for favors done while in Congress, been divorced on the grounds of adultery, and even been charged with treason" showed up for the ceremony and addressed the assembled group.

If so, then let me be the first to strongly suggest we start a new tradition.

Recognizing the high office to which he was twice elected and which he chose to disgrace does not in this writer's opinion entitle him to such an honor, the denial of which you say "would show a gross lack of proportionality and an attempt to blot out a piece of history."

Surely, good taste alone would have dictated that he stay at home.

Emanuel H. Horn


B-29 Crews

Reading The Sun article of May 28 relating to the Japanese medical experiments on captured B-29 crew members gave me an eerie feeling, since I was a bombardier with the same Bomb Group as the Watkins crew.

In 1993, I corresponded with Samuel T. Watkins, the son of Marvin S. Watkins, who survived the war but died in 1984, in connection with a historical survey for the 29th Bomb Group. At that time he furnished me with much of the same information that was referred to in The Sun article.

The article indicated that there was some doubt about the identities of the missing crewmen because they had been hastily assembled on Guam. I find that extremely unlikely since B-29 crews always trained and flew combat missions as a team. They were never assembled from a pool of crew members.

The names engraved on the monument to the Americans are the same as those appearing on the official Missing Air Crew Report which was prepared on May 6, 1945.

Otherwise, the article is too uncomfortably close to the realities of that time, 50 years ago.

Peter J. Woytowitz


NRA Is Right about Second Amendment

Instead of attacking the National Rifle Association and its interpretation of the Second Amendment, perhaps The Sun should visit a local law library and check up on the patently ridiculous interpretation ascribed to the amendment by Handgun Control Inc., Marylanders Against Handgun Abuse and the other usual suspects.

HCI's spokespeople have told so many lies (which go unchallenged by their media allies) that their noses have grown longer than the barrel of an assault weapon:

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