• Rich Barlow

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    Rich Barlow

    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 6 comments on University Bids Farewell to John Silber

  1. Few people are as simple as they appear based on hearsay. It never ceases to amaze me how quick we can be to chastise someone we do not know. One other thing about John that is not mentioned here is the fact that although he had a handicap he never use it as an excuse or to his benefit. I have witnessed John’s attitude in others who have unique needs and to a person they all just want to accepted and regarded as equal. To that end they do not want any special considerations, opportunities or quotas for to them these inherently imply that we do not see them as truly equal. Ironically those who do not really need a hand up will more quickly take one perhaps because they feel no sense of pride in saying “no thank you, I can do it myself”.

  2. Dr. Silber befriended the Dalton family when my brother Jim was employed at the University. I met Dr. Silber at a time in my life was turned upside down by a terrible accident when I was about 30 years old. He convinced me to go to college. In fact I had to go just to prove to him I could. The first semester I will never forget. He asked to see my very first paper (and my second and third). He proceeded to re-correct my papers with a very large red magic marker along with a lecture and words only he say. Making a long story short I did graduate (twice) with a bachelors and a masters. My family and children were very proud in fact both my parents had the opportunity to have dinner with him, my brother and myself. My life changed completely and thankfully because of the bravest man I have ever known and have more respect for than words can say.

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