Upon meeting Dr. Jandoli in my freshman classroom, he struck me as possibly an absent-minded professor, but boy, was I ever wrong! His ‘act’ of confusion was part of his quirky sense of humor, which we all got to know and love. He, in fact, was a brilliant professor, dedicated to his craft, and determined to develop his students into excellent writers. He was a strict disciplinarian, but one with a twinkle in his eye, so one never knew how serious he meant to be during a tense moment in the classroom.

Yes, our classroom had moments of levity, but we all learned the fundamentals of writing and expressing ourselves, which many of us used throughout our careers. I used the lessons from Dr. J in my career as an English and ESL teacher, and I’d like to think that he would be pleased to know that my students benefited from me, as I did from his vast knowledge.

Outside the classroom, Dr. J was a sensitive and sympathetic individual, always ready to listen to a personal problem. I was one of those who had to approach him about a personal matter, and he couldn’t have been kinder to me. He also advocated and found a successful solution for me.

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On this, the occasion of what would have been his 100th birthday, I salute my beloved professor,
Dr. Russell J. Jandoli. I, along with thousands of other “J” majors, remember him fondly and with gratitude. He was truly a ‘maestro’ in the world of journalism, and his legacy will be carried on.

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