December 15, 2005
Joe Koch, Class of 1937
Dad was editor-in-chief of the first yearbook St. Francis College had ever produced in 78 years. Here is how his classmates describe him:
No problem, riddle, or formula seems to be beyond his ken. He is the outstanding scientist of St. Francis College; he is the winner of the coveted Smith Memorial Medal for excellence in Science. Yet even his own brilliance could not fathom the enigma of Joe Koch. In many ways Joe is a walking paradox. He seldom laughs outright; in fact his picture would lead one to believe that he is a sombre pessimist. Yet it is his nimble wit that makes him a distinctive personality. His humor is never loud; rather it is whimsical and eipgrammatic.
To be the leading scholar of the college it is necessary to do more work than the average. A student who is desirous of attaining official recognition must sit at home and do extra assignments. That is the normal procedure. But is that the form folowed by our human riddle? Certinly not! He is actually scrupulous about not doing more than the assignment requires. He does exactly what he is demanded to do and not one jot more. What he does, however, is of such undeniable excellence that he was one of the first men pictked for the Duns Scotus Honor Society.
With regards to one trait, however, Joe appears to contain no contradictions. That is his quality of intense loyalty to his friends.