12/3/10

Honoring Prof. Joel Tarr

One of Carnegie Mellon’s greatest assets is its world-renowned faculty. With a student-faculty ratio of 10:1, faculty members are extremely accessible and take a genuine interest in their students’ work.

So it’s no surprise when some alumni choose to give back to the university in honor of the professors who have inspired them.

For Rachel Maines (HS’83), attending Carnegie Mellon was a life-changing opportunity. But if it weren’t for the support from Joel Tarr, Carnegie Mellon’s Richard S. Caliguiri University Professor of History & Policy, it may not have been possible.

Prof. Tarr helped Maines secure a fellowship that made it possible for her to attend graduate school at CMU. And she’s still grateful today. To show her appreciation, she gave $50,000 to endow a fellowship for Carnegie Mellon students – and she named it in honor of Prof. Tarr.

Terry F. Yosie (HS’75, ’81) is also thankful he had the opportunity to study at a top-tier university. While attending graduate school at CMU, Yosie was able to build relationships that have been sustained for over 30 years.

One particularly meaningful relationship was with his advisor, Prof. Tarr. In fact, it’s is one of the reasons Yosie pledged a gift of $25,000 to the fellowship Maines established and named in honor of Pro. Tarr.

“I have a very personal motivation and that’s my respect and admiration for Joel Tarr, who has probably been the single most influential person in my intellectual development,” Yosie explained.

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