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From taxi driver to cider maker: Orchard audience treated to Merwin tribute

Ian Merwin.  Photo by Stacey ShackfordBy Stacey Shackford.
crossposted from CALS Notes.

Before he became a world-renowned expert in pomology and viticulture, he was a taxi driver in New York City, a trolley coach conductor in San Francisco, and a Neruda translator exploring Latin America from the back of a motorcycle, all of his worldly possessions packed in one saddle bag.

Ian Merwin has a colorful history, one he has happily shared with students in the 23 years he has been teaching at Cornell. Many of them gathered at Cornell Orchards on May 10, alongside more than 100 colleagues and friends, to hear him recount the tales one more time as he presented a final lecture to commemorate his retirement.

“What will you do when you graduate? It doesn’t really matter,” Merwin said. “It’s all interesting. You learn something from each one.”

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View Carol Grove’s Picasa album, Happy Retirement Ian.

View video of orchard walk led by Ian May 10, 2013.

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