The Pulitzer winning photographer who captured campus images in a new history book has great memories of his days as a student at the University in the 1960s. Robin Hood described himself as fun loving and a member of a fraternity, while at the same time seriously pursuing his art degree.
“My sculpture classes were held in the basement of the early medical school where they used to do embalming,” said Robin Hood, ’67.
That spot is now the Student Park, located behind Brock Hall. Things on campus have changed since Hood was a student. At that time, the University Center wasn’t the hub of activity.
Along with a series of essays by various authors, Hood’s photographs and writer James Crutchfield’s narrative tell the history of the campus in The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga: A 125 Year Tradition, available at the UTC Bookstore and online—visit www.GoMocs.com and click Gear.
Hood took up photography while he served as an information officer for the US Army in Vietnam. Upon his return to the states, he further honed his skills at the News-Free Press, where he was working when he won the Pulitzer Prize for photographing a double-amputee veteran who became emotional while he watched a parade.
Hood encouraged today’s students at UTC to keep an open mind about how their education will affect their future careers.