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David w. Carnell, E41
David retired from Du Pont in 1982. In his own words, "I came to Tufts as an immature boy and graduated on my 20th birthday. My professors in all the departments...were most influential in guiding and counseling me. I was fortunate to receive a Tau Beta Pi fellowship to pursue a M.S. degree at M.I.T., but Tufts was, and is, my home." His fondest memory? David writes: "The most unforgettable moment was the day in freshman chemistry class that Dr. Durkee was demonstrating the properties of carbon dioxide. He taught the section composed of ChE and chemistry majors, seating us with the Jackson girls in the front row and the boys alphabetically in the rows behind. His demonstration was to show that the dense gas could be siphoned from one tall cylinder to another. Sucking on a rubber tube to start the flow his false teeth fell into the cylinder where he could barely reach them. The guys all ducked down to conceal their reaction, but the girls in the front row had no place to hide. Dr. Durkee kept the girls after class and lectured them about their unladylike behavior, while we got off scot-free."

Ken Spatola, E70
Ken writes: "The excellent foundation Tufts provided held me in good stead for 35+ years in the chemicals and plastics industry: Union Carbide, Rohm & Haas, Ciba and now Image Polymers. Dustin Hoffman was right on track in 'The Graduate!' It has provided a good support level for a family of four and I've loved the work." His fondest memory of Tufts? "Making what seemed like 10,000 Möbius strips out of polyethylene with classmate and friend, Al Niebanck, for a tower packing efficiency experiment."

Bess Beikoussis Gorman, E85
Bess is an attorney in private practice, specializing in zoning, permitting and environmental law. Her husband, David, is also an attorney, specializing in construction litigation. Together, they traveled to Russia five times to bring home their three lovely children, Aleksey, Alexander, and Olga. Bess remembers "doing coal water-slurry research with Professor Botsaris. We had to design a system to better measure viscosity of high coal content slurries. We tried all sorts of plastic tubing, but McDonald's straws worked the best!"