Today is the very first National Running Day (www.runningday.org) and to celebrate/participate I went for a 3 mile run this evening around my favorite loop into the subdivision next to mine. There is one portion of that run that I always cruise through. No matter how good or bad the run has been I always enjoy this certain stretch and today was no different. I picked up the pace by about a minute a mile and just enjoyed watching the sun setting behind some hills in the distance. It was a great run and I felt strong and sweaty when I finished.
I also received my alumni magazine in the mail today and was sad to find out that one of my former professors had passed away in January. I took two semesters of organic chemistry from Dr. Marvin Dixon in the fall of 2001 and the spring of 2002. Although I was happy to finish organic it had nothing to do with the instruction, Dr. Dixon was a great professor. He always wore a tie to class and those ties were varied. I remember one featuring Marvin the Martian and another that he told us his grand kids had made for him. We had weekly lab reports and I camped out by his office almost every week to ask questions about our work and its interpretation. Dr. Dixon always had a smile and was so patient during those visits. He was so enthusiastic about chemistry and I know he will be missed by the William Jewell College community.