AN EYE FOR TAL­ENT

Bar­clay Friends res­i­dents of­fer their views on the No­bel Prize

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FIFTY PLUS - Com­piled and sub­mit­ted by Lau­ren Earle, Mar­ket­ing As­sis­tant, Bar­clay Friends, West Ch­ester.

The 2016 No­bel Prize re­cip­i­ents have been an­nounced. Some of the world’s great­est minds are rec­og­nized an­nu­ally in the cat­e­gories of Physics, Chem­istry, Phys­i­ol­ogy and Medicine, Lit­er­a­ture, and Peace – check out this year’s win­ners at No­bel­prize.org if you haven’t al­ready. Res­i­dents, fam­ily, and short-stay guests of Bar­clay Friends Con­tin­u­ing Care Com­mu­nity of­fer their thoughts about past and present con­tri­bu­tions:

Dr. John Turner

“[The No­bel prizes] cover a com­pre­hen­sive list of dis­ci­plines,” Dr. Turner be­gins. “The var­i­ous things peo­ple have done have changed the lives of ev­ery­one many years after what they did. His­tory is sim­i­lar in a way,” he adds. “You don’t see how bad or good peo­ple are un­til you look at it with a dif­fer­ent fil­ter. The so­phis­ti­cated re­la­tion­ships they are talk­ing about are new to me but [the awards in­di­cate] a fun­da­men­tal dif­fer­ence in the way peo­ple think. We’ve changed our views on many things in his­tory – Thomas Jef­fer­son and Franklin Roo­sevelt, [for ex­am­ple] – and we learn more about our­selves by mak­ing those changes.” A Pro­fes­sor Emer­i­tus in His­tory, Dr. Turner taught at West Ch­ester Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia for 37 years, dur­ing which time he re­ceived the Irv­ing Her­sch Cohen Fac­ulty Merit Award and re­ceived the Dis­tin­guished Fac­ulty Award in Teach­ing. He also co-edited an an­thol­ogy fo­cused on vi­o­lence in Amer­ica ti­tled “Riot, Rout, and Tu­mult: Read­ings in Amer­i­can So­cial and Po­lit­i­cal Vi­o­lence” to help – as he says – “abridge the his­tor­i­cal am­ne­sia. [The No­bel win­ners] move his­tory and have an im­pact on the well-be­ing of other hu­mans. As a teacher, you never know what you are go­ing to stim­u­late with stu­dents but some­where down the line you hope you make a dif­fer­ence.”

John Nel­son

“I used to work in a state liquor store years ago,” John says, “and I worked with a guy whose fa­ther [was in the field of] as­tron­omy. This guy wasn’t cus­tom­erser­vice ori­ented at all,” he smiles. “His fa­ther was nom­i­nated three times [for the No­bel prize] be­fore he fi­nally won. A com­mit­tee has to deem [a con­tri­bu­tion to society] wor­thy, and it’s not a huge mone­tary award – it’s more about sta­tus. His son used to play on the com­puter at lunch – he was not a peo­ple per­son, but once you got him talk­ing about as­tron­omy, he could go on for hours – it was his pas­sion. There was an ice cream store nearby and we used to go there – he [also] loved milk­shakes. He was skinny as a rail but he would pop down a cou­ple of milk­shakes ev­ery day and I asked him once how he did it, and he an­swered, ‘Physics.’”

Ruth Dean

Ruth re­calls a few award re­cip­i­ents that stick out in her mind. “I know that An­war Sa­dat and Me­nachem Be­gin won the No­bel Peace Prize – they man­aged to ar­range peace be­tween the Is­raelis and the Pales­tini­ans.” The year was 1978, when the two diplo­mats forged the Camp David Agree­ment. Ruth, who is of Ger­man her­itage, notes that she her­self hasn’t won any­thing on the scale of the No­bel Prizes. “I won a swim com­pe­ti­tion when I was in my teens,” she says, “for speed, even though I was bet­ter at dis­tance. I was also a fencer. I en­joyed the pre­ci­sion of it – it was very quick, and very ex­act. My coach in Ger­many brought a girl to the 1936 Olympics – He­lene Mayer. He was an old gen­tle­man at that time. The only Ger­man I can think of who might have won a No­bel is Thomas Mann for The Magic Moun­tain, or it could have been Bud­den­brooks – it’s the story of a fam­ily.” It was, in fact, the lat­ter, pub­lished in 1901. How do Bob Dy­lan’s song lyrics, for which he won this year’s No­bel Prize in Lit­er­a­ture, com­pare to these more tra­di­tional works? “I think his work is a sep­a­rate cat­e­gory,” Ruth replies.

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Ruth Dean

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Dr, John Turner

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John Nel­son

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