High Praise for My Brother

“Do you see a man skillful in his work?  He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men” (Proverbs 22:29).

My youngest brother Greg is finishing up his final semester at Oklahoma State University as he completes a well-earned and hard-fought degree in architecture.  He recently applied to graduate schools.  Although he hasn’t yet decided where he will enroll since he’s still waiting on responses to his other applications, I’m incredibly proud of him and what this first response says about his diligence and excellence throughout his undergraduate work.  There’s something wonderfully special about celebrating a brother’s high accomplishments.

Posted with Greg’s Permission
RE:   Yale School of Architecture
TO:   Gregory Gundersen
SENT:   Thursday 3/12

Dear Greg,

I do not want you to wait one moment longer than necessary to offer congratulations on your having been admitted to the M.Arch. II program at the Yale School of Architecture, Class of 2011.  Shortly, you will receive a more formal letter of acceptance from me, which will be followed by a separate letter from Joel Sanders, Chair of the Admissions Committee, indicating further details of your admission to Yale as well as an invitation to our April 9 Open House for admitted students.  If you applied for financial aid, an award letter or a letter indicating what information might still be missing to make a determination will also accompany Joel Sanders’ letter.

We hope you are pleased with the decision of the Admissions Committee and will choose to become part of our community.  We look forward to welcoming you to our School this fall.

Congratulations again.


Robert A. M. Stern
J. M. Hoppin Professor of Architecture

3 thoughts on “High Praise for My Brother

  1. Is that weird to you that that letter is sent by the equivalent of you, only at Yale?

    But that’s great for your bro! Wooo hooo!


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