One of my former English professors passed away. He was battling multiple myeloma (cancer of the blood plasma).
Dr. Chris Hokanson was a great man and a wonderful teacher.
At first he intimidated me because of his credentials:
B.A., Stanford University
M.Ed., Harvard; M.A.
Ph.D. Indiana University
My first thought was, “I’m going to fail a few classes this semester.”
I quickly discovered, though, that Dr. H wasn’t an academic elitist, ever boasting about his superior education.
He was a quiet, yet confident man who wanted all of his students to reach their full potential.
(Any time a professor says an idea is a good paper topic, you’d be foolish not to take the suggestion and run.)
Even when I turned in a horrible draft–probably written at 2 AM–for review, he never complained. Sure, he’d joke about the noticeably poor quality of my work, but he always ended by saying that it was well on it’s way to being a great paper.
Dr. H took an interest in his students’ lives beyond the classroom doors.
When my dad came to visit me at Judson (our first meeting), I was late turning in a paper–really, really late. Dr. H asked me how everything was going and offered me an extension.
I deserved an automatic “C” yet I was granted an extension…
Many Judson girls have similar stories. Whether it was a family crisis, sickness, or just general slacking, Dr. H was gracious. He always gave students the benefit of the doubt.
Judson College will not be the same without Dr. Hokanson. He will be greatly missed by faculty, staff, and students alike.