letters

More on LeSourd
What a delightful surprise to see my grandfather [The Rev. David LeSourd] on the cover of the spring Arches. It is a photograph of him I have not seen before. Seeing the excerpts of Grandfather LeSourd’s memoir inspired me to re-read my complete typewritten copy of his manuscript. One correction to the introduction of the Arches article: You wrote, “During the course of his life he lost his wife, a son, and a daughter.” My grandfather actually lost two daughters during his lifetime. My mother, Mary R. LeSourd Hawthorne, Class of 1905, died in 1922. [Rev. LeSourd died in 1925 at age 84.]

Evelyn Breckner
Ventura, California

 

Your article on D.G. LeSourd was very interesting. I suspect, however, that as he got older his memory may have become selective—something that can happen to any old codger, present company excluded.

Some years ago I gave [then UPS President] Franklin Thompson a copy of a letter from the Rev. Edward Randall, who was president of the university at the time it was pulling out of its financial problems.

He gives a much different story as to who gets credit for the reorganization (and the politics of the time), which would be of interest to your readers.

Bob Winskill ’47
Sausalito, California

 

Naming Magoo’s
The “Hangouts” article in the spring Arches states that no one knows how Magoo’s got its name. Magoo’s Annex, formerly Pat’s Tavern, was purchased by Brian Maguire in the ’70s. He owned Magoo’s Pub in Lakewood. He changed the name of his Tacoma acquisition to Magoo’s Annex to perpetuate the name recognition. Many a UPS event began and ended at this North Tacoma landmark.

Greg Johnson ’72
Poway, California

 

Open debate
When applicable, I hope Arches will print letters both opposing and favoring societal issues affecting Puget Sound alumni. After all that is the very essence of what a liberal arts education should be—freedom of ideas and open debate. A liberal arts education is not about knee-jerk demagoguery to silence views one opposes or close down open deliberation. A couple of spring ’05 Arches letter-writers apparently were suggesting such for some alumni who questioned the policy of printing same-sex announcements in Arches. A liberal arts education should not end one’s desire for debate and inquiry but rather inspire it.

John S. Harvey ’86
Bellevue, Washington