Remembrances of Professor Emeritus Samuel Moon

September 19, 2011

Samuel MoonSam Moon was one of those amazing teachers that left a lasting impression. He taught me how to write and I will be forever grateful. -- Alice Barton '86


It seems appropriate to quote the Spoon River Anthology today: http://www.bartleby.com/84/229.html. RIP, Professor Moon. -- Adam Robinson '97


Sam Moon was a great teacher who really worked with me on my translations of Latin Poetry into something wonderful in English. I will always remember him taking us outside on nice days to read and discuss poetry. Requiesce in Pace, Sam. -- Rochelle Barron Streeter '86


The very first class I had at Knox was Sam Moon's English class in Old Main. An extremely kind and generous man with his time. He was far more concerned with me getting a good grade than I was as a seventeen year old. -- Michael Turner '87


I believe he was the last of "my adults," the instructors of my era. I took creative writing as a freshman in the autumn of 1957. -- Gail Dean Cotton '61


So sorry to hear. --Pam Messer Patton '83


There are many, many things I love about Knox, but Mr. Moon...he tops the list. He was a person of great character and an amazing teacher. RIP.


I graduated from Knox in 1964 with a BA in "English composition" (i.e., creative writing) and have always remembered Professor Samuel Moon with fond admiration for him as a teacher, writer, and person. -- Brian Leekley '64


Sam Moon was my first adviser at Knox and a fabulous teacher. I took many courses from him and have been inspired by him to this very day. -- Steve Suskin '72.


Mr. Moon didn't describe the value of poetry. He gave it a pulse. In striving for clarity in our writing, we became better people in his class. In his memory, I'll share a poem -- one that I clearly remember hearing him read to our small class of four writing majors, almost 35 years ago. -- Ellen Jones McNair '76

so much depends
upon
a red wheel
barrow
glazed with rain
water
beside the white
chickens.
--Wm. Carlos Williams


He was my professor and very kind, and very gifted as a writer and a teacher.


My condolences to his loved ones, friends, and family. -- Kim Hastings Halliday '84


My Parents, the late Carl Waldo Christensen '64 and Deborah Jane McAlpine Christensen '64, were so impressed during their years at Knox by Sam Moon that they named their first born son after him. While I never met Sam Moon in person, we spoke on occasion by phone or through e-mail. From those brief interactions as well and numerous stories told by my mother, I developed a fond affection for the man after whom I am named. -- Samuel Moon Christensen


Dr. Samuel Moon was one of my professors when I was at Knox College between 1957 and 1961, and he was my advisor, friend, and the most inspired teacher in creative writing that I had ever known. I mourn deeply for his loss. Please express my deepest sympathies for his family. -- Constantine Santas '61


He was the best. He didn't teach me everything he knew, but he taught me everything I know. Rest well, Sam. -- Bob Misiorowski '66


Sam Moon had a profound effect on my path through and after Knox. He encouraged my interest in the doctor/poet, William Carlos Williams, and that led me to the University of Buffalo, where I obtained my doctorate by cataloging his creative process as revealed in 20,000 manuscripts and letters in the poetry collection. The dual interest in art and science has since shaped my life. I'll miss Sam. -- Steve Meyers '69