|Cover: A new camera, photographed by Carl Moore c. 1913.|
What does Drury have in common with Sigmund Freud, William Butler Yeats, and an obscure Austrian surgeon named Steinach?
I didn't know either, until I started working on this issue of Drury magazine.
The link is Carl Richard Moore, a 1913 Drury graduate. I knew nothing about him when I first looked at a precious addition to the Drury archives: an album of photographs Moore took when he was here from 1909 to 1913. Moore photographed everything, from field trips to Graydon Springs with biology professor Charles Spurgeon, to his belle standing under the trees near Benton Avenue, to the annual fight during a picnic outing. The journal is an extraordinary document, and it's also lots of fun.
What I didn't know until much later was that Moore went from Drury to a career as one of the most successful biologists in the world. Read about his life beginning in A Curious Life: Carl R. Moore.
The fascinating history I saw in the album needed a counterpoint, a way to illustrate how much student life has changed in the last 90 years. We turned to one of the newest additions to Drury student life, the Living Learning Community. As Dean of Students Karen Sweeney explains, the "LLC" is a group of students who not only live near each other but also share several classes as freshmen. The idea is to help each student put down roots in the Drury community and create the support needed to help students succeed and graduate. The 2002-03 school year included the first LLC, and one of those students, Bevin Dragoo, shared her scrapbook with us.
While nearly everything has changed on campus in the generations between these two journals, some elements have remained the same: a passion for learning, faculty who care about their students, the camaraderie and support of friends. And, of course, the way an education does not just open doors to a successful career; at its best, Drury opens minds so they are ready to explore.