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Computer and Information Sciences
University of Delaware
Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University (1968)
Vicki Calvert Cherry retires at the end of February after almost 47
years at UD. Best wishes Vicki for many years of happy and rewarding
retirement! The quote below from Dean Smith reminds me of the Vicki
You should never be proud of doing what's right. You should just
do what's right.
---Coach Dean Smith
I ask you to ensure that humanity is served by wealth and not
ruled by it.
---Pope Francis in a letter to the 2014 World Economic
Forum in Davos
No matter how deep the shadows may be how sharp the conflicts how tense the
mistrust, we are not permitted to forget that we have too much in common too
great a sharing of interests and too much that we might lose together for
ourselves and for succeeding generations ever to weaken in our efforts to
surmount the difficulties and to turn the simple human values which are our
common heritage into a firm foundation on which we may unite our strength
and live together in peace.
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired
signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not
fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending
money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its
scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in
any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging
from a cross of iron.
---Dwight D. Eisenhower, From a speech before the American Society of Newspaper
Editors, April 16, 1953
34th president of US 1953-1961 (1890 - 1969)
I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me
to tremble for the safety of my country.
As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of
corruption of high places will follow. The money power of the country will
endeavor to prolong its reign by working on the prejudices of the people
until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the republic is destroyed.
I feel more anxiety at this moment for the safety of my country than ever
before, even in the midst of war.
----Abraham Lincoln, November 21st, 1864
But [Pope] Francis’ tone so far is interesting not just as a departure
for the church but as a counterpoint to the prevailing sensibility in our
country, where humility is endangered if not quite extinct. It’s
out of sync with all the relentless self-promotion, which has been deemed
the very oxygen of success. It sits oddly with the cult of self-esteem.
----Frank Bruni, New York Times,
September 21, 2013
By John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
I believe in the supreme worth of the individual and in his right to life,
liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an
obligation; every possession, a duty.
I believe that the law was made for man and not man for the law; that
government is the servant of the people and not their master.
I believe in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world
owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a
I believe that thrift is essential to well ordered living and that economy
is a prime requisite of a sound financial structure, whether in government,
business or personal affairs.
I believe that truth and justice are fundamental to an enduring social
I believe in the sacredness of a promise, that a man's word should be as
good as his bond; that character -- not wealth or power or position -- is of
I believe that the rendering of useful service is the common duty of mankind
and that only in the purifying fire of sacrifice is the dross of selfishness
consumed and the greatness of the human soul set free.
I believe in an all-wise and all-loving God, named by whatever name, and
that the individual's highest fulfillment, greatest happiness, and widest
usefulness are to be found in living in harmony with His will.
I believe that love is the greatest thing in the world; that it alone can
overcome hate; that right can and will triumph over might.
B.F. (Bob) Caviness
September 19, 2005