Westminster's Dr. Castro - last man standing
A podcast interview with Westminster's longest serving faculty member
Published: Sunday, March 17, 2013
Updated: Sunday, March 17, 2013 19:03
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-- One man currently walks the very same sidewalks and hallways of Westminster College that he first stepped foot on more than 43 years ago. Dr. Dwight Castro came to Westminster as a twenty-six year old professor of classics in the fall of 1970. At that time gas was 36 cents a gallon, Paul McCartney announced the Beatles were disbanding, and Richard Nixon was leading the nation as a President still entangled in the Vietnam War, and yet untainted by the Watergate scandal.
Four decades later, Castro continues teaching as the longest serving faculty member on campus, offering a broad perspective on the life and times at Westminster that is unrivaled by any other faculty member. His experiences and observations are truly appreciated in creating a forty year “context” for this institution’s development and (hopefully) improvement. Castro was quick and capable in recalling the attitudes and actions of both students and faculty from the 70’s in comparison to today’s current campus. Overall, his detailed assessment of where Westminster is as a leading liberal arts college is encouraging, considering the tendency all humans have towards romanticizing “the good ol’ days”.
But don’t just take my word for it. Listen to Dr. Castro say it in his own distinctive delivery and speedy recollection in the following podcast- valuable words of “the last man standing”.