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The one time I saw your Dad *not* wearing a tie and jacket

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Submitted by John P. Luneau, May 31, 2018 at 19:16

What a beautiful, respectful reflection on your Dad, Daniel. Thank you so much for sharing it.

I was a student of your Dad's at Harvard in the early 1970s. I took his Russian history course during my sophomore year. He inspired me to focus on Soviet studies (within my Government major) and also had profound and long-term influence on my worldview. He was a great teacher and great advocate. We all owe him our immense gratitude for the beneficial influence he had on U.S. foreign policy and world events.

As an aside, I have to say that I particularly liked your story about how your Dad would always wear a tie and jacket even when just taking walks in Cambridge in case he "might meet a student". Indeed, the only time I ever saw him *not* wearing a tie and jacket was outside Cambridge, when I ran into him at a large airport as he was just returning from a Caribbean vacation (Barbados, in the early 1980s, I think). I guess he thought he was safe from running into students or ex-students there -- though obviously not safe enough!

Again, many thanks for your inspiring reflection on your Dad.


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Daniel Pipes replies:

Thank you for the kind words and for the recollection. Yes, returning from a vacation would have him tieless. Probably the island was Tortola.

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