Washington College Magazine

Professors We Love-On Donald Munson

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July 25, 2013
Six years ago, when I was considering which college to attend, I happened upon Washington College. I will admit I wasn’t particularly sold on it. (Until….)

I was serious about the environment and wanted to go somewhere a little more, well, hippie? On a whim, I called the environmental studies department chair to learn more about the program here. Not only did Dr. Munson take the time to talk with me that day, he also took the time—more than hour—to meet with me. The next day I applied and decided to come to Washington College. 

Dr. Munson has been a supportive mentor, a challenging instructor and generally a ton of fun. His energy and reliable “Good morning, Ms. Field. How are you today?” pulled me through my senior year. I learned more from Dr. Munson than just how to be a good scientist and researcher; I learned what it means to be a kind and caring human being. Through his own example, and with the words of Thoreau and Leopold, he taught me about ethics and environmental stewardship, and also about human dignity and morality. These are the lessons I will remember for the rest of my life, and I believe that they have made me a better person. I hope that I will be able to live my life with some of the same dignity, honor, kindness and patience that Dr. Munson has shown me these past six years. 


Rachel Field ’11, program coordinator, WC’s Center for Environment & Society. This fall, Field is entering joint programs pursuing a master of environmental management and master of divinity at Yale University.

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