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A L U M N I L I F E A golden teaching anniversary at UofL Fifty years and counting. That's how long Larry Tyler has taught at the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, and he has no plans to stop after passing that rare milestone. Patricia Ralston, who heads the engineering fundamentals department and teaches with Tyler, was one of the estimated 15,000 LWFK LWFK LWFK students in some of the 30 different courses he has taught since earning the frst of four UofL degrees himself in 1963. "I was Larry's student quite by accident," she said. Standing in line to register, she asked someone for a recommendation. "You should take this guy — Larry Tyler. He's really good," was the reply. "I remember his enthusiasm, his dedication to his students," Ralston said. Others agree. Colleagues and students from each of his decades gathered April 13 to surprise him with kudos, and Speed Dean Neville Pinto announced creation of a fund in Tyler's name to support teaching in the engineering fundamentals department. Among the salutes was one in the Congressional Record by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, Tyler's fraternity brother when they were UofL undergraduates. Alumnus Chris Hermann, recently retired Louisville Gas and Electric Co./Kentucky Utilities Co. leader and Speed Industrial Board of Advisers member, called Tyler "an outstanding educator." "You have made a lasting impact on me," said Bruce Henderson, a Speed alumnus, businessman and UofL trustee. Several lauded his longtime service locally and nationally through engineering student honor society Tau Beta Pi. "Why am I still here?" Tyler joked but turned serious when attributing his tenure to several factors: administrators' and legislators' good management, his students and a person he never met — the donor for his 1996 liver transplant after a bout with hepatitis A. After surgery, Tyler was back in his favorite spot — the classroom — just a few weeks later as a new semester began. Does your bank have a fee problem? 6ZLWFKWR\RXUFUHGLWXQLRQ Get fee relief with Honors Checking. • high yields paid monthly • nationwide ATM fee refunds • no minimum balance • no monthly fee • no fee debit purchases 2SHQRQOLQHQRZ FODVVDFWRUJ S U M M E R U O F L M A G A Z I N E | 61