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The people I met in the U.S.-2

Dr.Catherine Dunn
When I applied to the Catholic University for my Ph.D, I was interviewed on the phone by Dr.Dunn.She did all the paper work and sent me the final admission letter to the Ph.D.program.She also gave me assistantship.I was very happy when I got the admission letter.I was excited about the project of living in Washington D.C. and also of the opportunity to pursue my studies at the Catholic University , one of the prestigious graduate schools in the country.
By the time I joined the University,Dr.Dunn retired from her post as the Chairperson of the Dept. but I had a chance to meet her a few times while I was there.
When I passed my Ph.d. exam , she sent me a book with a note congratulating me.
Dr.Joe Sendry
When I started my classes at the Catholic University, it was Dr.Sendry who was the Chairman.I remember the happy day when he met me as I came out of the library telling me that I was awarded a fellowship.That meant, I was given a higher assistantship along with my duty of teaching two courses at the University.It was a big boost to my morale.The fellowship continued unto the end of my studies at the University.It gave me a lot of financial freedom as by that time I was also given a monthly remuneration for my work at St.Matthew's Cathedral.
Dr.Sendy did his Ph.D. at Harvard University. He once mentioned the he had attended a course given by I.A.Richards, one of the great critics of English Literature.
Dr.Sendry taught Victorian Literature and I had taken a few courses given by him. He was also the chairman of my thesis committee.He was helpful to me in many ways while I was a student there.
When St.Matthew's Cathedral arranged a farewell dinner party as I was leaving D.C. for India, I invited him for the party and he was gracious enough to accept it.He once gave me a book with his congratulatory note and told me how happy and proud he was directing my dissertation.
Every Christmas , I used to receive his greetings along with all the updates about his life at the University and we have kept in touch with each other all these years.


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