Jeff Maguire M’11
“The Chester River is really the third river in my life. Like any well-packaged story, it can be told as a trilogy. The Navesink and Severn rivers delivered me to the shores of the Chester River.
To me, these and all rivers are depictions of time. The never-ending tides rising and falling, mostly tame and predictable. Then there are the storms that churn up the bottoms and threaten our shores. Experience has taught me to seek higher ground with this river. Like Luke Skywalker in ‘Return of the Jedi,’ I have arrived at a bend of this river seeking understanding and the ability to harness power.
“The Chester River is always there, yet I feel no urgency to explore its architecture. I no longer need to own a boat or study a chart to enjoy a river. A walk along Wilmer Park or a dog swim at Quaker Neck Landing are complements to my daily life. I mostly enjoy the complete quietness and timeless vistas the Chester River affords.
“Washington College is truly what brought me to Chestertown, and the nearness, charm, and promises of the river have kept me here. I’m honored to become an ‘old man river’ … it seems we have chosen each other.”