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October 2016

From the Dean . . .

Just Tal

Neither Tal LeGrand nor Janet Tarbox graduated from our college. Yet they have been integral to our goal of supporting students and expanding their horizons.
Tal‌ — Talmadge Moore LeGrand — died September 17 at age 89. I learned of his passing from Janet’s message two days later to tell me that “sadly, ever so sadly” they would not be able to attend our college’s fall scholarship luncheon.

In the years that I’ve known them, Tal and Janet never put themselves first. “He loved being associated with you all and being able to make some small difference in the lives of students in the journalism school,” Janet continued in her brief message.

Here’s the back story. When Tal arrived on campus, already a World War II veteran, he met Charlotte Hammond Buchanan. Charlotte was the daughter of then dean of the School of Journalism, George Andrew Buchanan — Dean Buck. Charlotte and Tal were married for nearly 40 years before her death in 1987.

As Janet tells it, Tal spent the last 25 years of his life working to ensure that an academic scholarship in the journalism school in the name of Dean Buck and his daughter Charlotte reached an endowed and sustainable level. He more than succeeded.

They more than succeeded. Tal and Janet — or Janet and Tal — have been linked to each other and linked to us as long as I’ve been here. Many students have benefited from the scholarship they support. Of course, there’s more. In 2013, they donated five $1000 scholarships to enable students to travel to the African country of Malawi on a Maymester trip. Part of the experience involved our students working with children orphaned by AIDS. Read article»

During Tal and Janet’s 26-year marriage, she was an Episcopal priest. Tal retired after a lengthy career in law enforcement and public service.

Janet spoke eloquently and lovingly at Tal’s funeral recalling what it was about him that generated such a sense of comfort for her and others who knew him. She recounted a conversation with a hospice provider who struggled to break the formality of addressing him as Mr. LeGrand. Tal finally persuaded her. But what should she call him? “Just Tal.”

To me, Just Tal says a lot. So does just Tal and Janet. And just every one of you who support our college and its schools in each and every way you just do.

Just thanks.


Charles Bierbauer

Gifts in memory of Tal and in support of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications may be made to the George A. Buchanan & Charlotte Buchanan LeGrand Endowed Scholarship fund.

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