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From the obituary of Princeton engineering professor Norman Sollenberger:

Sollenberger was a fine teacher who deeply cared for his students, according to colleagues. He once devoted many hours to ensuring a young civil engineering student from Hong Kong, a rarity in the 1950s, would graduate. That engineer, Gordon Y.S. Wu, went on to help found a major Hong Kong-based construction firm. When he returned to Princeton years later to announce a record-breaking $100 million gift to the University, the first person Wu asked to visit was Sollenberger.

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3 Responses to “A Professor’s Act of Kindness”

  1. RJO Says:

    I believe he is the namesake of Wu Hall, one of the buildings of Princeton’s Butler College.

  2. theprofessor Says:

    Cast your bread upon the waters….

  3. Polish Peter Says:

    One of Sollenberger’s other accomplishments during his 10 years (1961-1971)as chair of Civil Engineering at Princeton was to develop the linkages between engineering and the humanities as reflected in the work of scholars like David P. Billington, whom Sollenberger encouraged to join the department.

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