Freshman Michael Brough arrived with CIT essentials from 1955
Soon after being accepted to the Case School of Engineering, Michael Brough of Houston, Texas, received a surprising package from his grandfather in Newark, Ohio. It contained angles, squares, compasses and other measuring tools that a freshman needed at Case Institute of Technology in 1955—even a slide rule in a leather case.
“He didn’t know what that was,” said Larry Brough ’59, chuckling. “Nobody uses that stuff anymore, I know. But I saved it all and now it’s his.”
Brough, who worked for Boeing, Babcock & Wilcox and the state of Ohio as an engineer, beams to know his grandson chose his alma mater.
“Michael’s a smart kid and I’m sure he’ll do well at Case,” he said. “He looked at a dozen schools in the East, all elite, but he liked Case best.”
Michael Brough, who plays saxophone, plans a dual major in biomedical engineering and music, in association with the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Larry Brough is anxious to visit campus—if only to show his grandson how to use a slide rule.
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