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P&S Journal: Spring 1995, Vol.15, No.2
A Celebration of Trout

By Kristen Watson

Medical students celebrate many things, most along the lines of exams passed, boards taken, rotations finished, and residencies matched.

P&S, known for its many historical firsts, may have angled another first with this spring's "Celebration of Trout," an evening of poetry, music, and film that focused on the natural beauty and habitats of trout.

The March evening, hosted by the P&S Club as a fund-raiser for the club and two other organizations, was "a celebration of the splendor and vitality of nature, as well as the bond between environment and health."

It may sound "fishy" to some, but Dr. Dickson Despommier, professor of microbiology and public health (tropical medicine) and master of ceremonies, insists, "The major theme of the evening was fun!" He called it an opportunity to examine the fish and its environment through various art forms, as well as meet new people and discover the hidden talents of colleagues.

The first half of the evening was devoted to music. Students performed the fourth and fifth movements of the "Trout Quintet" by Schubert. Other students were led by Peter Walsh, owner of Coogan's, in singing "The Angler's Song" from the Izaak Walton book, "The Complete Angler."

Dr. Abbie Knowlton, clinical professor of medicine, read passages from the book "A River Runs Through It" while scenes from the movie were projected.

After an intermission of wine and hors d'oeuvres, the evening featured readings, poetry, and musical interludes that accompanied a slide presentation. Participants recited works of D.H. Lawrence, William Carlos Williams, Robert Frost, Sylvia Plath, and others that described the environment of the trout.

Dr. William Speck, president of Presbyterian Hospital, donated free parking for those attending the fund-raiser.

Most of the proceeds benefited the P&S Club, but a portion was donated to Trout Unlimited and the Smith Fund, organizations dedicated to preserving the world's cold water fisheries.

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