We asked Professor Peter Donovan, who retired from active teaching duties in 2002, what are his three bestÂ memories of BC Law. He quickly replied, â€œThat is the easiest question to answer.â€ (Obviously, we aren’t asÂ good as he is at the Socratic method.) Without hesitation, Professor Donovan exclaimed, â€œMy three bestÂ memories, in this order, are:
1. Â STUDENTS; 2. STUDENTS; and 3. STUDENTS!
Professor Donovan, a double amputee as a result of diabetes, feels very fortunate to have spent soÂ many years with young adults. â€œAll my best memories are of my times with them.â€ He particularly enjoyedÂ the one-on-one relationships he developed coaching the moot court teams over his 39-year teaching careerÂ at the Law School.
He found his students to be delightful. â€œI was a teddy bear,â€ but he adds a bit sheepishly, â€œI did try toÂ frighten first year students.â€ With a smile, he quipped, â€œWhere else can you teach students by terror, but inÂ law school?â€
Professor Donovan says he is often asked, if he could re-live his life, â€œwhat would he druther,â€ to which heÂ responds, â€œIf I had my druthers, I â€˜druther’ be a perennial student." But since he says that was not feasibleÂ or acceptable, he did the next best thing and became a faculty member.
Asked about his retirement, Professor Donovan recoiled. â€œI don’t like retirement. People my age are justÂ not as interesting as the students I met over the course of a lifetime of teaching.â€
Regretfully, Professor Donovan does not often get back to the law school campus because he cannot drive.Â He is determined, however, to attend this year’s reunion. He noted, â€œIf I make it, it will do a lot more forÂ me than for my old students. If I don’t make it, please give them a hug for me.â€ It sounds like the teddyÂ bear inside Professor Donovan is still alive and well.