Thea’s Words

When Phil and I returned from our honeymoon, I had completed 2 years of college. I had all my worldly possessions in a small suitcase and $200 in the bank. Phil had his worldly possessions in a small suitcase and a college degree; he had spent all of his money on a ring for me and on our honeymoon and he had a remaining college debt of $200. So he borrowed my $200 to pay off his debt. We were free and clear — and stony broke. We’ve been busy since then. We had 3 children, he put me through the years I needed to complete a college degree, started me off in graduate school, and encouraged and helped me in every imaginable way to build a career. Meanwhile he did his research, taught, wrote books and articles, was elected to the Academy and won numerous awards. I had a fine time basking in reflected glory. It’s been a lot of fun. Thank you, Philip, for a wonderful 48 years, 4 months, and 27 days. Andrew Tobias believes that we will both live to the year 2014. I’m looking forward to 23 more years with you. But I want to remind you that you still owe me that $200.

Thank you, all of you, for being with us this evening. Some of you came a long way to be here: our daughter Sue and our grandson Adam who came from N.J., our son Philip and our friend Margie who came from the Pittsburgh area, Jim Brachman from Milwaukee, and our very dear friends from Antioch days Martin and Anne Huff from Sacramento, CA. And good friends from all over the University and the TC. Especially I want to thank Robert and Katie Plunkett and Pat Sethna who in various ways instigated and master-minded this party. Thank you all. XXX