Hendrix Magazine

Dr. Keith Berry

BerryDr. Keith Berry ’73, professor of economics and business, a member of the Hendrix faculty since 1989.

What’s next for you?
I’m taking a phased retirement, so I’ll spend more of my time consulting for the Arkansas Public Service Commission about the regulation of utilities.

Describe the most memorable moment of your time at Hendrix?
The campus is so enjoyable in spring.  It’s very comfortable.  I enjoy walking around campus in April and early May.

What is the most significant change you’ve seen at Hendrix during your time on campus?
I have noticed more of a monoculture developing.  There are not many moderate or conservative students on campus; it’s more liberals and leftists.

What is something that others would be surprised to find out about you?
My favorite type of literature is science fiction.  I read one or two sci fi books each week.  My favorite author is Robert Heinlein, who wrote Stranger in a Strange Land.

Why did you choose to teach at Hendrix?
I went to school here, and I felt comfortable with the small college, liberal arts atmosphere.  The intellectual quality is high, so I don’t have to worry about offering remedial work.  I also appreciated the opportunities for meeting students outside of class.  For example, I the third Odyssey to China last summer.

Where were you when –
The Challenger exploded
I was in my office at the Public Service Commission, working.

You heard Elvis was dead
I was about twenty five years old, and I was sleeping late that day.  My parents woke me up to tell me.

On 9/11
I was driving between Little Rock and Conway.  I heard it on the radio, and my wife also called to tell me.  I was shocked.

Have you ever been thrown in the fountain?
No.  I missed out, and I’m glad I did.

What is your favorite meal in the cafeteria?
The turkey and dressing they serve on Thanksgiving.

What is your favorite place on campus and why?
I enjoy the turtle pond area by the gazebo.  When I was a student, it had lots of landscaping and vegetation, and it’s still a very nice place to walk.

If you could do anything over again, what would it be?
Nothing I can think of.