Professor Walsh gives an “A” to a Jain monk

The following story was told by Francis Kane, professor of philosophy and former colleague of Professor George Walsh at Salisbury State University, in a eulogy delivered November 21, 2001.

The phone rang one Friday afternoon (I’ll never forget):

“Fran, I’m going to be fired!”

“George, you’re not going to be fired.”

“Yes, I am! Something horrible has happened.”

“George, we’re not going to fire you. What did you do?”

And then the now-famous story of the Jain monk incident, which has entered into the annals of Salisbury University history. No need to repeat all the details here except to say that George’s wit was sometimes lost on our students, as when he told anxious students in his History of Religions course that there were two ways to get an A on the upcoming test on Eastern religions: study real hard or come dressed as a Jain monk.

“You know what a Jain monk is, don’t you, Fran?”

“No, George, I don’t believe I do. Who are they?”

“Well, when they reach the stage of highest enlightenment, they go into the town square and shed all their clothes. But, Fran, I was only kidding. The guy didn’t have a stitch of clothes on when he came in to take the test. Just the word ‘Jain’ written across his chest. I think some of the women were upset. I’m going to be fired, aren’t I?”

“No, George, I’ll call up the president, give him a heads up, and I think it will be okay.”

“Well, Fran, in that case then, I think I have to give him an A.”

* * *

GeorgeWalshYou’re still missed, George.

The anecdote is taken from The Atlas Society website.


2 thoughts on “Professor Walsh gives an “A” to a Jain monk

  • June 17, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    George sure is missed! Thanks for reminding us of this story, Stephen — though who could ever forget it!

  • June 18, 2009 at 7:48 am

    Thank you for posting this. It’s so rare to see humor these days.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *