He was a leader, definitely a leader of the two of us. He was three years older than I was. We would have some great discussions and we’d argue. We talked political theory together and Aristotle when he got into the Stoics and the Epicureans. Then we got into Lucretius. I remember Bob calling one time and I for once was ready to tell him what I thought Lucretius was talking about, because Lucretius was talking about the swerve of the atoms. That’s a very interesting concept when you think of modern physics. Lucretius was a Roman poet back in 70 A.D. He was on to something in terms of the swerve of the atoms, which was so interesting. Well, he was supposed to give a class on it the next day and he wasn’t as familiar with it as I was. That’s the way we would help each other.

John Resenbrink,
University of Chicago graduate school classmate and early Williams College faculty colleague