May 24, 2016 – month of daily flower & buddha photos – Day 24
photos © May 2016 Dainichi Norai Buddha hand-painted porcelain, Japan c1900
aloha shirt hibiscus flower, fabric print on rayon, Hawai’i, c 2010
He was a university professor who “never earned a doctorate, taught a graduate seminar, or wrote a book.” He never married and, after entering Notre Dame as a freshman, never again lived outside a campus dormitory.
Yet O’Malley is widely esteemed as one of the great educators of our time. By all accounts, his lectures were inspiring and his devotion to his students unwavering. He knew them each my name and never forgot a one.
O’Malley disliked grades and once gave out more A’s than he had students. Distribute the extras to others who need them, he told the dean.
Professor O’Malley’s Dorm Room
All anyone could find in it:
A bed lumpy with books
old essays by students
old books by former students
old checks from students repaying loans
—Philip Harnden, Journeys of Simplicity: Traveling Light with Thomas Merton, Basho, Edward Abbey, Annie Dillard & Others. 2003