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Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com May 20, 2011 at 8:02 am 2,563 7 Comments

APS Names New Williamsburg Principal — The Arlington School Board has appointed Dr. Ann McCarty as the new principal of Williamsburg Middle School. McCarty, who has been a middle school principal in Falls Church, replaces Kathleen Francis, who was shown the door in February after sending a lengthy resignation letter to parents. The letter was harshly critical of Superintendent Dr. Patrick Murphy. [Arlington Public Schools]

Remembering Desegregation in Arlington — A town hall was held earlier this week to discuss the legacy of desegregation in Arlington. Stratford Junior High — now H-B Woodlawn — became the first school to integrate in Virginia in 1959. [WAMU]

William J. O’Donnell Obituary — Arlington resident William J. O’Donnell, NASA’s chief spokesman during the Gemini and Apollo programs, died last month at the age of 86. O’Donnell was a World War II veteran who fought in the Battle of Hurtgen Forest, one of the costliest battles of the war for the U.S. [Washington Post]

Flickr pool by Mark C. White

  • Bluemontsince1961

    From the WAMU link on integration in Arlington:

    “William Vollins, a retired principal who was one of the first African-American teachers to work in the newly integrated schools, said he’s concerned that too much of today’s energy is focused on grouping children into ethnic and racial blocs.

    “They would ask me, ‘What is your ethnic breakdown of students?’ And I would say, ‘100 percent human beings,'” Vollins says.”

    Echos of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech during the March on Washington when he said to the effect he dreamed of the day when people would not be judged on the color of their skin but on the content of their character.

  • CO Transplant

    “I think I’m having a heart attack! Is there a doctor here???”

    “Hello. I’m Dr. Ann McCarty.”

    “THANK GOD!! Doctor!! I think I’m having a heart attack, what should I do??”

    “Oh, no. I’m not that kind of doctor.”

    “oh. sh!t.”

    • yequalsy

      Ehh. Personally I’ve never cared one whit if someone refers to me as Doctor and I’m pretty certain I’ve never once referenced myself as Dr. yequals. But the use of doctor in the academic sense goes back over a thousand years and derives from the Latin for “to teach.” True, conventional usage over the last couple of centuries has led to us usually thinking of doctor in reference to medical. Still, it’s not the least bit incorrect for the article to refer to her as Dr. McCarty.

      And since today is the birthday of my recently departed Mother and I’m now sure I’m not getting much work done today as a consequence, I’ll tell a related story. While I was in grad school years ago my Mother, who never had the good fortune to go to college, asked me to remind her what degree I was getting this time.
      “The Masters or the Ph.D.?”
      “The Ph.D.”
      “What does that stand for?”
      “Doctor of Philosophy.”
      “Since when did you become a philosophy major?”

  • Liz Crawford

    William O’Donnell was my neighbor growing up and a great man. He will be missed!

  • Southeast Ben

    I like the tag on the photo.

    • Thes

      Yea, though I walk through the Valley of Terrible Lunch Options,
      I will fear no hunger pangs; For thou art with me;
      Thy power bar and thy home-made sandwich, they comfort me.
      Thou prepares a table before me in the presence of mine neemies;
      Thou annointest my hummus with olive oil; My cup of coffee runneth over.

      • Thes

        *Oops: 4th line should be:

        Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; (oddly enough, this is the same as in the original…)


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