Great Thinkers is a compilation of 60 short essays — about 1,500 to 3,000 words each — published by The School of Life, which dedicates itself to “developing emotional intelligence through the help of culture”. It describes the book as a volume of some of the most important ideas of Eastern and Western culture, drawn from the works of philosophers, political theorists, sociologists, artists, and novelists “whom we believe have the most to offer us today”.
The obituary notice for Mark Allen caught my attention, not because I was a 1989 participant in the BU Oxford Honors Study Program (CLA ’90), but because of the heartfelt addendum by Dee Mondschein (CAS ’97).
Mark was not one of my tutors (I read the Politics and History modules), but Dee’s description of the tutorial system brought back fond memories of my own Oxford experience.
It is gentlemen like Mark who bring life to one’s scholastic journey. It was comforting to read one of his student’s accounts, and surely he had a positive impact on many more. May Mark Allen be remembered thus.