David McKane T'69

As a first-year, David McKane got an early lesson in the duality of Tuck's culture—the highest academic standards and a humane learning environment—when he cut a class to go watch the Red Sox in the 1967 World Series and missed an unannounced exam. Dean Karl Hill called him to his office. "He said, 'Are you serious about staying here?'" McKane recalls, "'because if you're not, we have 10 guys who would like your place.' Then he put his arm on my shoulder and said, 'Don't worry. I did the same thing in 1946.'" McKane expresses his gratitude for surviving that encounter—and for the rest of his Tuck education—in a variety of ways.

"My years at Tuck were two of the happiest and most fulfilling years of my life. It was tough, but they would always pick you up and throw you back into the ring. When I hear from Tuck students today, they find the same things rewarding—their peer group, their professors, the group interaction. The school hasn't lost what it stands for. Tuck stood by me, and I figure I ought to stand by Tuck."

McKane, chairman of Riverland & Indian Sun, L.C., is a member of Tuck's board of overseers, was a member of the Investing in Excellence campaign steering committee, and has been a class agent and a member of the TAG executive committee. He has supported TAG every year since graduating from Tuck. He has also endowed the McKane Family Scholarship and has given generously in support of Tuck facilities.

When I hear from Tuck students today, they find the same things rewarding—their peer group, their professors, the group interaction. The school hasn't lost what it stands for.” David McKane T'69