It was clear that he was cultivating a group of bright and eager students and giving them a sense of being special and being smarter than the rest, whereas my own inclination was to try to pull up the below average and not treat them with special kindness. Only students who were ready to work as a special group would gain admittance to his honors seminar. Each year Bob would ask to have one or two honors courses to teach and this left the bread and butter courses of the department for whomever. Yeah, I think it bothered me a little bit. He was kind of preempting the quote “bright” students and leaving the quote “dummies” for the rest of us. I think it’s expressive of the way in which Bob attracted very bright students and gave them a sense of importance that was superior to the ordinary student, to the person who had not been engaged by Bob. And at the same time…I’m trying to get back to Bob’s peculiar teaching method in which he held the students at bay on the one hand, referring to them as Mr. Jones and Mr. Smith, and at the same time being very informal in terms of his personal relations with his brightest students, Gaudino cohorts, who shared a relationship both very formal in the classroom, very informal outside the classroom. As for envy, there would have to be someone who likes to be the object of student devotion, which some of us are and some of us may not be.

Being a bachelor he was more dependent probably on student companionship than were the married faculty members.

MacAllister Brown,
Former Political Science Professor