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Dr. Pittman remembered by many

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Ozarka College lost a valuable member of its faculty on Jan. 5. Dr. Wally Pittman, known affectionately by his students as "Uncle Wally," taught social science classes at Ozarka for 10 years after he and his wife, Mary Lou, moved to Horseshoe Bend from Prescott in south Arkansas in 1996.

Besides family -- especially his grandchildren -- and teaching, Pittman's passion was fishing. In fact, he and Mary Lou had recently moved to their new home in Cotter on the White River. A quote on his office door reads: "--believing that on the river you can find solitude without loneliness."

Wally had expressed one word to sum up what he liked most about Ozarka: "Students." He stated a few years back during an interview, "I enjoy all the students, but I really find non-traditional students interesting. The contribution they bring to class is priceless, and they usually do not realize how much life knowledge they have to offer. It is really great to watch them gain self-confidence in class."

Pittman will be missed by many of those students that he enjoyed teaching, as well as his colleagues and friends at Ozarka. There is a discussion on my.ozarka.edu for those students wanting to post memorials.

Mrs. Pittman has requested in lieu of flowers, to please donate to Ozarka College Foundation in Pittman's name. For more information contact the development office 368-2059.

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