A Perfect Connection
Thanks to the advice of a good friend and a great campus visit, Barbara Bruce '64, a charter Tower Society member since 1991, fell in love with Ohio Wesleyan many years ago. As in most close relationships, one thing led to another, and before too long, the Philadelphia native found herself sitting in a freshman chemistry class at OWU! Challenging as that course and her freshman year at Ohio Wesleyan were for Barbara, the Bruce/OWU relationship blossomed, as she encountered professors she has never forgotten. Those professors-George Burns, Elwood Shirling, Libby Reed, and Ruth Davies-each contributed to Barbara's later success in medical microbiology and molecular biology at such locales as the University of Michigan and, later, the Upjohn Company (now Pfizer) for more than three decades.
Along her OWU pathway, Barbara discovered the art of report writing, but also how to identify fossil wood collected from glaciers. Humanities-Classics and economics courses opened Barbara's eyes to new ways of thinking and appreciating the world around her. But mostly it was OWU's liberal arts environment that inspired her to think, question, and learn, and then, years later, to enable others to do the same. And for Barbara Bruce, OWU's Tower Society provides that perfect connection, as she offers some special advice to fellow alumni:
"Think back to your education at OWU and where it has led you during your life. And then, think about giving back."
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