Wardlaw, Paul

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Athletic Director
Tennis Director

College of Wooster, BA
University of Illinois, Chicago, MA

I grew up in Atlanta, moved to Chicago my senior year in high school and attended the College of Wooster in Ohio, majoring in philosophy while also competing for the Fighting Scots in soccer and tennis. Graduate school in philosophy followed at the University of Illinois. For the next thirty-three years I coached college soccer and tennis - four years at Benedictine University, eight years at Kenyon College, seven years at the University of Iowa and fourteen years at Brown University. I was a summer resident in the Dublin area during my time at Brown. My wife Katy and I have two daughters who are now out and about in the world.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? I've had a number of excellent teachers but Fred Korn stands out. Fred introduced me to philosophy as a college freshman. All class work was done in a journal which he reviewed in one-on-one meetings, usually in the college snack bar. Fred had tremendous patience and insight into our struggles with the material. He likened my approach to philosophy as "three yards and a cloud of dust" - no long passes, just grinding it out on the ground like an Ohio State football offense. Fred's passion for philosophy, willingness to spend time with each student, and friendly nature made philosophy a welcoming major. His passion was contagious!

How would your friends describe you in three words? Positive, genuine and creative.

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? The tie goes to a course on Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations and a course on Kierkegaard. I still use material from both classes in my coaching and teaching.

What is your favorite place on campus and why? I have traveled the country playing tennis and have not seen a more picturesque set of tennis courts. The view is spectacular (and distracting).

I am most happy when... I'm laughing with family and friends, riding my bike, and hiking to a few of my favorite Monadnock views to take in the countryside. Connecting with nature is the ultimate reset button.