UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO / Summer 2009
Back in the Day

front5Dear Editor,

The recent article on Irving Parker in the spring USD Magazine (“One Great Man”) brought back memories. My initial period of matriculation was 1959-1962. During that time, Dean Parker was always one to avoid. It wasn’t until I returned in 1967 after a brief military tour of Asian soils that I realized what a good friend he was. I finished my degree requirements in 1968 with Dean Parker’s guidance through the mire of veterans’ benefits.

I personally experienced much of the growth and development that was taking place at USD. Prior to even attending the university, I worked on the grounds crew digging, planting and digging some more. As a student, I worked in the kitchen, and upon my return I worked as one of the first student security patrol guards … but I digress.

The real purpose of this letter was to tell you about the picture postcard that I recently came across (above). It is of The Immaculata somewhere in the late ‘50s to early ‘60s. (The white car alongside the chapel appears to be a 1957 Plymouth.) Obviously, at the time there were no trees or other plantings and Alcalá Park was a wide-open roadway.

My first inclination was to test the eBay waters for a buyer. Then the memories of my ethics classes kicked in, and I felt that the postcard should be part of the 60th anniversary display.

I am going to be in San Diego the last week of May and would greatly want to see the university and all its changes. I look forward to reading about USD; the magazine is always well-done and informative.

Thomas C. Ragan ‘68

POSTCARD PROVIDED BY THOMAS RAGAN