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James Minter, Alum, Staff Member
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences 1974
Columbia College 1973

Lots of events and people made my three years in Furnald so memorable, but to many of us who lived there it beat anywhere else on campus because of a grand old Columbia figure named Ben Jerman. Ben spent the last several decades of his long tenure at Columbia working in the Furnald mail room, but to us he was a welcoming and avuncular neighbor. In Roman religion there was something called a "genius loci," the guardian spirit of a place, and for us in Furnald that was Ben.

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