Friend, Job, Town
After New York, my wife and I traveled on to Bethlehem,
Pennsylvania. We had long been invited to visit John and Nelda Fisher
there, old university friends of ours, and it was now that we finally complied.
'It looks greener and cleaner', was our first response to the town that
had become our second home and our daughter Susan's birthplace. The
fortunate change in the town's appearance seemed due to the 'Bethlehem
Steel Company', which had shrunk to a mere tenth of its original jobs.
Lehigh University, on the other hand, had grown in size-in particular its
research department for civil engineering, where I had worked during our
stay. The south side of the campus now lodged the Center for Advanced
Technology for Large Structural Systems - built under the supervision
of Dr. John Fisher, our host. It represents one of the six Centers of
Excellence established during the Reagan era, and the only one in the
United States conceived exclusively for the construction industry. At the
time of our visit, double-hulled vessels were being developed and tested
there-a novel approach designed to reduce pollution in case of leaking
"Off To Pennsylvania,"
Swiss American Historical Society Review: Vol. 46
, Article 6.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/sahs_review/vol46/iss3/6