When he was an undergraduate, James P. Dixon III ’39 wrote: “Probably the most important job I held has been a C-special job (A part-time co-op job held while studying full time) with the Kettering Foundation.” He’s pictured on that co-op here, flanked by Harry Foreman ’38 and Professor of Biology Ondess L. Inman in the Science Building, built for the College by Charles F. Kettering, in part, so Kettering could study photosynthesis. 

“More than anything else,” -Dixon said, “this work has convinced me that the capacity for critical, intelligent thought is a prerequisite for a satisfactory scientific career. It has also indicated that I can probably be quite successful in some field other than medicine should this be an economic necessity.” 

Dixon, who died on February 27, 2016 at the age of 98, would go on to a distinguished career as a public health administrator and professor, not to mention president of Antioch College, 1959–1975. 

—Scott Sanders, archivist