The last time I saw the University of Rochester’s President Joel Seligman was at his home several months ago.
That evening, I was biking along Mt. Hope Avenue when I came across several people alongside the gates near the President’s house. In a bizarre scene, a young deer doe had attempted to jump across the gates. The doe’s parents had made the leap, but the doe was wedged in the gate in dire danger. The people gathered were comforting the doe and wondering what to do.
Knowing President Seligman, I went to his house. Seeing him in an upstairs room, I waved and rang the buzzer. He might have hesitated but Joel came right down and listened intently about the situation. He was dressed in a suit for an evening event for which he was headed, but quickly sensed the predicament and immediately called Campus Security. Within minutes, Security was on the scene and, with the help of the Rochester Fire Department, the doe was saved. After, when hearing the news, President Seligman wrote:
I am glad. Thanks for caring.
It was with heavy heart that I learned today that President Seligman was resigning. Over his tenure, I’ve met Joel several times on campus and even at the Rochester Public Library when he gave a Books Sandwiched In presentation.
We met President Seligman in Bringing back the mid 19th Century at the University of Rochester. Nanotechnology meets local history when he gave an introductory presentation to Researching the Daguerreotype at the University of Rochester: Nanotechnology Meets Local History.
President Seligman was there again for Blessing the Boats and a statue where history was made at Edgerton Park when he greeted readers including Mayor Lovely Warren in celebration of BOA Editions.
And, especially, we bonded at the 2016 Meliora Weekend when Joel relived his time with Bill Clinton 5 Meliora Weekends ago when President Clinton spoke. And Great Books with President Seligman.
Later that day, in Score one for love at Meliora Weekend, we let the world know about a UR love story.
When President Seligman resigned today, I am sure he did what he felt was best for UR. While he plans to teach at the University in the future, for now he will be missed.
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