September 8, 2010

Back to his herbarium

This morning Dr. John Reist submitted a letter of retirement, effective Friday.

"Well, all I did was send a letter to the head of the department. How did you find out about this?" he said, speaking from his office Wednesday.

Somewhat bewildered about the speed of news these days, Reist said several Collegian staffers had already approached him about his retirement.

"[A reporter] found this out, and I have no idea how," he said, chortling. "This is proof that there is a God and she is black."

Spliced between jokes about women, bread martinis and God, Reist said he looks forward to spending more time with his wife (who is not pregnant).

"I just felt that sometimes, all the sudden, this is the time to do this," he said.

Despite his leaving the college, the professor said he hopes to stay in touch with past students and wished a fond hello to The Sad Bears and their counterparts, respectively.

In his own words: Reist quotations. Reist in art



Anonymous Josh Peterson said...

Damn. The end of an era. Thank you, Dr. Reist, for everything.

September 8, 2010 at 9:36 PM 
Blogger Petrus Woolwine said...

It's how he met his wife.

September 8, 2010 at 9:41 PM 
Anonymous Econ said...

To a man who transformed the world around him into something else -- something bizarre, hilarious, and kind -- Godspeed.

September 9, 2010 at 11:11 AM 
Blogger Lauren Fink said...

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September 9, 2010 at 11:49 AM 
Blogger Lauren Fink said...

Hey Whoa! Good times Dr. Riest.

September 9, 2010 at 11:52 AM 
Blogger Maria said...

I can't believe it's effective so quickly! Why not wait til the end of the semester? Unless I missed something...

September 9, 2010 at 4:48 PM 
Blogger M. Perkins said...

No man has ever segued so quickly from talking about sex with his wife to talking about the crucifixion. Sad day for Hillsdale.

So is the Sad Bear now in the business of scoops?

September 10, 2010 at 1:52 AM 
Blogger Tony said...

No scoop intended.

Someone with the Collegian let us know and Chase got on the phone (he actually wrote this, which was unclear in the "posted by" section). I told the Collegian that our limited readership would see this Wednesday night and that I'd wait for Thursday morning to mention it on Facebook.

September 10, 2010 at 11:59 AM 
Blogger JHitts said...

Guess I fucked up the facebook part. Whoops.

September 10, 2010 at 3:10 PM 
Anonymous Jennifer Azar & Beth Foor said...

Hey whoa, man!

Dr. Reist's daughters commenting here and asking any alumni who are so inclined to jot a line or note to him on the occasion of his retirement. Of course, we all know he is not computer literate so we plan on collecting these comments in a scrapbook of some sort so that he may savor them as he sits in his office, smoking his pipe, reflecting on his youth.

Please e-mail us at or write to J. Azar, 7430 N. Washington Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46240.

September 15, 2010 at 6:18 PM 
Blogger Tony said...

The Collegian weighs in:

September 16, 2010 at 10:18 PM 

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