Education: $10,000 Apple for Teacher

Every college graduate recalls a favorite professor whose words and ideas ring across the years. But few old grads even write to old profs, much less dump $10,000 in their laps. Such is the unique gesture of Chicago Lawyer Leo T. Norville, 56. His startled beneficiary: History Professor Preston W. Slosson, 68, who in 40 years at the University of Michigan taught 18,000 students. Says Norville: "It was a token of affection, esteem and appreciation for what he tried to teach all of us."

When Professor Slosson retired this June, he was such a legend at Ann Arbor that fathers automatically passed...

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