Hi Dr. McGee,
Thank you for accepting my invitation to connect. I have thought about you often over the years wondering how you were and what you were doing. I tell people all the time about you. My teaching assistant during my University of Arizona studies toward earning my BSCE, who was the Ohio State University marching band drum major. What I share most is how you impacted my life.
The spring semester of 1984 was a horrible time for me. I got D’s in Dynamics and Mechanics of Materials, and had lost hope in my ability to stay in civil engineering. I had completed all the paperwork and collected all the necessary signatures to transfer into education, I would be a high school history teacher instead. All that was left was turning in the paperwork.
Then, I took Mechanics from you in summer session 1984. I got an A in your class, but more importantly, I understood the material and was confident again. I never turned in the transfer paperwork.
I have had a great career, serving the public in many ways through engineering and managing public infrastructure projects. I owe my success to many people, to God, to family, to strong supporting staff. But, none of it would have happened without that summer class with you, and that foam rubber “beam”.
It has been too many years coming, but thank you.
With warmest regards and deepest gratitude.
Jeffrey A. Kramer
October 12, 2014
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