While I liked all of my professors, My favorite was C. Clifton Black (now at Princeton), professor of New Testament. Through him I came to love the study of the Gospel of Mark, so much so that I took another class in the Gospel of Mark. Clifton encouraged me to do the class in Greek so I translated most of the Greek text of Mark. Clifton has a passion for teaching, and relates well to students. I recall that when I came back for the graduation of a friend, Clifton reached down & squeezed my shoulder as he & the faculty passed by in procession to their seats. I always enjoyed our brief visits when I attended Minister’s Week. Two and a half years ago, Clifton was the guest speaker at a two-day retreat of the Gospel of Mark. He and I had a chance to sit and talk, as well as reminisce, for over two hours that first night. We’ve maintained irregular contact and I hear from him occasionally.