Since 1972, Dr. Robert Cannon has served as a pre-med and health professions adviser in Biology. His engaging classes are legendary; he has been known to show a picture of himself with a full head of hair as a young professor to facetiously demonstrate the concept of evolution. He still has every class roll and grade book – the earliest is labeled 1972-75. He recalls many students and can tell you where they are now. They write to him. A doctor in Idaho. A dentist in San Antonio. A surgeon in Chapel Hill.
An emeritus professor, Cannon continues to teach classes and labs. He has advised aspiring medical professionals for 45 years, including alumni. “We’re pretty good about advising alumni after they graduate.” Dr. Robin Maxwell now has taken on most of the advising role. But Cannon still occasionally makes use of those grade books.
“I just wrote two letters of recommendation for alumni applying to medical school,” he said, standing in the doorway of Eberhart 441, his “headquarters” since 1972.
“I even had one who wanted a recommendation 20 years later – these books help.”