Video: Prof. Jim Vest Bids Adieu


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What three decades of teaching at Rhodes has meant to French Professor Jim Vest



"What a wonderful idea for Professor Vest to share these sentiments to the Rhodes community! I took his French classes when I attended Rhodes (SWAM) in the late 70s. I remember in particular the effort he took to track down a rare recording of piece of French music that I had heard and loved. Prof. Vest is definitely in the top five of my all-time favorite professors. Bonne Retraite, Monsieur Vest!!" - Nancy Sugg Bracher


"Congratulations on a long and rewarding career, Dr. Vest." - Thomas Horton


"Prof. Vest: I almost majored in French (art history won) and really enjoyed your classes. I stayed up all night studying before one final, fell asleep and woke up late, rushed to class and you let me take the test anyway - for which I was most grateful and relieved. All the best to you in your future endeavors!" - Terry Boudreaux


"Dr. Vest became my advisor and a friend. He was someone I felt comfortable talking with about my academic trials and tribulations. I babysat for him when there were just babies at the Vest home. Merci Beaucoup for your help and friendship. Happy Retirement. Wish the sound could be loud so I could hear you." - Jane Terry


"Congratulations on your retirement. One of my most memorable experiences at Rhodes is Term 3 1978 and the study abroad in France with you as one of our leaders. I wish you the best as you begin this next leg of your journey in life. Merci beaucoup! " - Carol Ann Perry Ogilvie


"Oh, Professor Vest, it was so nice to see your video and to see how well you look and to learn of your upcoming retirement. My 1980-1981 trip to France and to see you, Nancy and Cecile in France (Cahuzac-sur-Vere if my memory serves me) was one of the highlights of my academic life. I will have to tell Gundi about your retirement. Sincerest best wishes to you and your family." - Alison Egger Morris


"Professor Vest,
Just wanted to wish you une bonne retraite and to say thank you for your investment, enthusiasm and dedication. You continue to be a great model for me in my own French classroom today! Merci mille fois! " - Janet Kaller Geerlings




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