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Re: Ken Strange
« Reply #135 on: April 06, 2019, 09:01:20 AM »
Tim Sanders

He was a wonderful coach, industry leader and most of all a caring person.

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Re: Ken Strange
« Reply #136 on: April 06, 2019, 09:03:19 AM »
Joshua Zive

Best judge in the country over the course of decades.One of the best argument coaches ever. Judged and taught novices and bid teams with the same commitment and effort. And I never once saw him treat other teams, coaches, or judges poorly. I can't think of anyone else I could say all of those things about.

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Re: Ken Strange
« Reply #137 on: April 06, 2019, 09:03:52 AM »
John M. Bredehoft

I agree with everything Joshua Zive says. He was not only brilliant, but kind, and classy. As a debater, I always loved to see him in the back of the room. (Although he made a bad decision in the final round of the 1979 NDT, Donald Dripps, I did ultimately forgive him.) And after I finished debating, as a semi-coach and hanger on, I always loved to see him at a tournament. So saddened.

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Re: Ken Strange
« Reply #138 on: April 06, 2019, 09:04:14 AM »
Casey Anderson

Hard to imagine a debate community without Ken Strange.

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Re: Ken Strange
« Reply #139 on: April 06, 2019, 09:04:42 AM »
Jane Boyd

My heart is broken. I will never forget at TOC when he literally sat down at my feet and we talked for a couple of hours. He cared about people and I considered him a good friend.

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Re: Ken Strange
« Reply #140 on: April 06, 2019, 09:05:13 AM »
Charles Blanchard

Very saddened to hear this. My deepest condolences to his family, many friends, and the many others he helped in his life.

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Re: Ken Strange
« Reply #141 on: April 06, 2019, 09:05:48 AM »
Sean McCaffity

 I gave up FB for Lent. And maybe for good. We will see.

But I periodically get emails about posts. Your post, Chuck, triggered such an email from FB headquarters and the subject matter stopped me dead in my tracks. We are losing our titans. I am terribly saddened by this news and know that the love of this community pouring out for such a singularly great mind and person as Ken is far too important to avoid touching that fabric in some small way. So i break this Lenten pledge to express my love and gratitude for a man that wasn’t my coach, but who taught me so much. His students are a testament to his genius. Much love to Ken. Much love to his family. Much love to his Dartmouth debate family. Much love to his broader debate family. This is a loss for us all and one that will be felt far and wide. But I smile and rejoice in his memory, his achievements, his legacy, and his love for the collective activity. Peace, Ken. Peace. Much love to all.

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Re: Ken Strange
« Reply #142 on: April 06, 2019, 09:06:28 AM »
Pam Bowman

Ken changed my life. He was incredibly supportive of me in college (and afterwards). His friendly smile and kindness is something I will never forget.

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Re: Ken Strange
« Reply #143 on: April 06, 2019, 09:08:41 AM »
Caitlin Bruce


RIP Ken and lots of love to the Dartmouth debate friends. Debate was a complicated place for me, but he was always kind, welcoming force who saw people as valuable no matter their win/loss record. His students and coaches modeled the same ethic, and it was one that made debate a more livable place for many.

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Re: Ken Strange
« Reply #144 on: April 06, 2019, 11:12:37 AM »
Given the extended dominance of the DDI, I strongly suspect that Ken positively impacted a greater number of people than anyone else in the history of the debate community.

For me, I was in Ken's lab at the DDI in 1999.  I have, and will, always considered DDI 99 to be one of the best, and most foundationally important, experiences of my life.  The debt that I, and this community, owe to Ken can never possibly be put into words.

I remember right before Ken retired, I asked him what he was most looking forward to.  He told me that he had purchased a house near Biloxi that was walking distance to both the beach and the casino.  He was looking forward to walking to the beach in the morning, and walking to the casino in the afternoon.  It makes me incredibly happy that he got to live that dream, if only for a couple years.

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Re: Ken Strange
« Reply #145 on: April 06, 2019, 02:29:29 PM »
John M. Bredehoft

I've seen and read probably hundreds of posts and responses on Ken's passing by now (and made several myself), and the single most common word I have seen used to describe him is "kind." He was brilliant, talented, hard-working -- as are so many in debate -- but he was indeed one of the kindest folks in the activity. So saddened by his passing.

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Re: Ken Strange
« Reply #146 on: April 06, 2019, 02:30:06 PM »
Brian Lain

Ken Strange was a legend in academic debate. For those that do not know this long-time director of Dartmouth Debate passed away a couple days ago. I heard him lecture at the Wake Workshop in the 1980s and was blown away. Ken was one of the most brilliant thinkers I have ever met who understood strategy in debate rounds better than most in the last 50 years. Plus, he always had a kind word. On a personal note, he believed in my when I didn't deserve it. I worked with/for him for many summers. I remember visiting with him at Darrel Wanzer-Serrano and Nicole Wanzer-Serrano's wedding. I treasured the opportunity. I will never forget how he would lean in an almost whisper the punchline to stories, as if he were telling you a well-kept secret amongst friends. Ken was generous and created opportunities for others, made you feel a part, and all the while was a fierce competitor. As a judge, coach, and teacher, he influenced hundreds of thousands over the lifetime of his career. An incredible model of a debate scholar. RIP

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Re: Ken Strange
« Reply #147 on: April 06, 2019, 02:34:03 PM »
Charles Olney


The thing that defined Ken more than anything else was the seriousness with which he approached every task. Good enough to get by was never enough. He wanted to be completely prepared. It meant that he generally understood every team in the country’s arguments as well or better than they did themselves. It meant endless meetings in the DFU, circling around a subject over and over looking for a better angle. It meant T files with hundreds of cards better than the best T card your opponent would have.

The Dartmouth teams I coached were famous for being able to see to the heart of arguments, for not getting bamboozled, for being overwhelmingly prepared. And of course a lot of that is due to the work and effort they all put in. But it’s also because Ken was there, behind them, helping them to model the sort of debate that he had nourished for so long.

I am a better thinker, a better researcher, a better teacher, and a better person now because of the time I got to spend with him. And every student that I get to help along their way is in a small way just another little piece of Ken’s legacy.

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Re: Ken Strange
« Reply #148 on: April 06, 2019, 02:35:15 PM »
Doug Dennis


I want to write a long, ranty email about Ken, but all I need to say is this:

In 1987, when people who look like me just **didn't** debate and when college directors didn't even really "see" me (more than one of them stopped recruiting me once they **physically saw me** -looking at you Southworth, you racist piece of shit), Ken took time to tell me I could do this shit. And Tommie Lindsay and Ken Strange are the reason I inevitably debated in college, and how I ended up part of this community that I love way more than most of the people in it.

Thank Ken, for seeing what I was incapable/unwilling to see in myself. My wife probably thanks you too, as we never have a place to cross paths without it.

Pro tip: Tell people you care about them. Generally, they prefer to hear it while alive.

and those that know me, this is not a long rant

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Re: Ken Strange
« Reply #149 on: April 06, 2019, 02:35:56 PM »
Jan Hovden

Ken was definitely one of the good guys. He was one of a handful of people the first year of the merger who was actually nice to CEDA people. I’ve never forgotten that.