Generations of students at the Darden School of Business left Prof. John D. Forbes’ classroom with a greater appreciation for the art of writing succinctly, and with style. For years, Darden alumni surveyed by the graduate school consistently cited Forbes’ “Analysis and Communication” course as the one in which they learned and retained the most.
Now 105 years old, Professor Emeritus Forbes is serving as the inspiration for a new, upper-level writing and public speaking seminar under development for undergraduate students in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. The John D. Forbes Seminar for Career Focused Writing and Communications, to be supported by a $250,000 gift from Darden alumnus Lee R. Forker, Jr., will emphasize oral and written communications in the interest of preparing Arts & Sciences students for leadership roles in a variety of careers.
“Many of us, from the early days of Darden, considered Prof. Forbes’ course, of everything we did there, to be the best class with the greatest impact on our careers,” said Forker, a 1963 graduate of Darden and the founder of New England Research & Management, Inc., a Boston-based investment management firm.
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John D. Forbes, an SAH life member, joined in 1952. He served as SAH President in 1962-63 and was made a Fellow of the Society in 2006.