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Tim Lachman '64 Focuses on Teaching and Fighting for Single Payer Healthcare

After a long career in private practice, Tim Lachman '64 missed the teaching that he was exposed to and switched over from private practice to a faculty position at Temple University, where he is an assistant professor in Neurology. "It's a very good decision," he said recently. "I'm much more content teaching medical students and residents. It's been a good transition . . . Mostly people go from the academic world into private practice, and this was a reverse move." He's also been involved in the movement for national single-payer healthcare for decades. "I was an odd person in my medical class because I had progressive views," he said, "but I didn't hook up with an organization until the late 80s, Physicians for a National Health Program, so I joined and been a constant member and support their goals." He continues, "In Philadelphia we have a community organization that generates actions, educational and demonstrations, to support national single-payer healthcare. So it's kept me pretty busy!" He laughs, "We've been working in the dark for a long time. A lot of publicity has come about for the single payer healthcare in the past few months. It's a good feeling but disappointment that the people are ahead of the politicians."

What brought you to Antioch College? What was your major? Philosophy. I started out as a math major. I didn't get very far. I went to a work camp sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee in AZ. A group of the people that were going to attend the workcamp got into a car and drove out to AZ. This is in 1958 ... Mike Yarrow had just been accepted to Antioch. Through the end of the workcamp we all went our separate ways, and he was very enthusiastic...he was a great recruiter, he got four or five of us to go to Antioch! I started in 1959.

What's your favorite memory of being at Antioch? Well it was a scary memory, the march in Yellow Springs demonstrating against the barber. Within a month or so of arriving at Antioch, there was a march for racial equality in Chicago, we marched from Evanston to Center city...I have a lot of memories because it was an important part of my development. 

Was there a professor that made a huge impact on your life? Milton Goldberg who was professor of literature ... Goldberg had the major influence. And it had to do with him picking books that had a great impact on me. They were powerful. I remember a lot of them...Waiting for Godot, The Iceman Cometh, and A Cool Million by Nathaniel West. He had picked books which were a strong influence. They generated a lot of involvement. It was a great course. Let's's interesting that I got through the Philosophy dept without having one course with the head of the department...Bonnie Hubbart was a philosophy instructor who was influential, and of course all the work experiences were influential...[favorite co-op] They were all very good experiences, but one of them was at Chicago at a hospital laboratory doing blood tests. It was a woman's hospital called Mary Thompson, and it was a good experience. I did the whole thing of finding an apartment, and going to work every day.

Any thoughts about the independence of Antioch College? It was a great releief! I've been kind of standing on the sidelines, watching ... I haven't really had a chance to get involved, but for a while I thought the flame was out. "Oh, I went to a college that doesn't exist anymore." I'm greatly relieved to see that this entity is protected.

If you could bring one thing to the future of Antioch College, what would it be? A solid financial base! The years that I graduated, the students went into fields that did not generate a lot of personal income. The people that I knew ended up in social work or teaching. Not in bank presidents, that kind of thing. I'm not saying we should graduate bank presidents! But we need to secure the financial foundation.

Why do you donate to Antioch College? Because I want to see the college survive and I am a proponent of progressive education and this is one of the ways that that can be secured.