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   Date: 9/30/09 Bookmark and Share

Leslie DeCillis ’86

I was a student of Elizabeth Horner (Advanced Vertebrate Zoology) in 1983. It was a tough semester for me. I didn't know if I wanted to be a bio major (in fact, I ended up being a Gov major) but I wanted to study in her class. The labs and dissections really intimidated me, but she made it so fun and intriguing. I remember being so worried about flunking that I ran all the way home from the library one night! In fact, she told me that I actually got the highest score on one of the major tests that semester. I had a long discussion with her about my career plans and goals. She helped me to determine that I really should be going in the direction of law, if that was what I loved more than the natural sciences.

I so appreciated the fact that she encouraged me to do what I loved, even though she would lose me as a student in her department. I wrote to her a couple of years ago, and she remembered me and this crossroads-decision in my life. I don't know how she could remember, but I believe it's because she always cared so much for her students. I believe she had a good life because she was passionate about what she did. Her zest for life, her enthusiasm and love for her subject, and her kindness are things that I will always remember.

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