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The sound you make is muzak to my ears

R.I.P. Professor Weintraub. Since I refused to par­tic­i­pate in the rit­ual of Sleep-​Out on prin­ci­ple, I never took your class. Had I, per­haps I would have escaped the U of C with­out get­ting my crappy worst grade ever in win­ter quar­ter Western Civ (that would be a B-​). You were a cool dude, or so the peo­ple who actu­ally both­ered to deal with Sleep-​Out told me. Love, Kim
CHICAGO (AP) — Karl Joachim Weintraub, a long­time University of Chicago pro­fes­sor who was so pop­u­lar with stu­dents that they would sleep in line to reg­is­ter for his class, died Thursday, accord­ing to the uni­ver­sity. He was 79.
Weintraub taught a course on Western his­tory and cul­ture for about 50 years. He died of a brain tumor in the university’s Bernard Mitchell Hospital.
Each spring stu­dents would line up for hours on cam­pus to get a spot in his class. The stu­dent news­pa­per once reported the annual event under a head­line: “Waiting for Weintraub.“
Although he was fail­ing in health, Weintraub met with his classes until 2002. He had tech­ni­cally retired, but con­tin­ued his teach­ing and refused to accept a salary.
His wife and col­league, Katy O’Brien Weintraub, said that was his way of protest­ing chang­ing styles in higher edu­ca­tion. The Western Civilization course was being down­sized and changed by a younger gen­er­a­tion of fac­ulty — except in the two sec­tions the Weintraubs offered.
Weintraub was born in Germany to a Jewish father and a Christian mother. During World War II, he was hid­den by a Christian fam­ily in Holland. Afterward, the Quakers arranged for him to come to the United States. He fin­ished his doc­tor­ate at the University of Chicago in 1957.

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