Professors We Love-On H. Louise Amick ’69
She is a patient, precise and respectful leader. Her students respond in kind, returning that respect and trusting her to guide them through the complicated labyrinth that is mathematics. Louise’s classroom was a place where I blossomed, free to explore mathematics with a true and unselfconscious curiosity.
Since graduating from Washington College, I have, myself, become a math professor. Her teaching undoubtedly influences my own, and I know I would not be the teacher I am today without the experience of being her student. If I manage to touch the life of even one student as Louise touched mine, I will consider myself successful.
As we move through life, there are people whom we are honored to know. People we think of all of the time even if we haven’t spoken in years. People we admire. Louise Amick is all of this to me and more. Louise, on behalf of all of your students, thank you for your inspiration, guidance and support.
Albert Einstein said, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” Thank you, Louise Amick, for awakening the teacher in me.
Heather Russell ’03, PhD in mathematics, the University of Iowa (2009); assistant professor of mathematics at University of Southern California. This fall, Russell joins the Washington College faculty as assistant professor of mathematics.