From the California Tech university paper, Speaking Of, Oct/Nov issue, 1975:
Phil Engelhauf came to Caltech as a freshman last year, but he left his roommate and constant companion, Duchess, back home in Riverside until the end of the school year. Then, as a special treat, Phil brought Duchess to campus for an overnight visit, which included a chance to hear a freshman physics lecture by Ricardo Gomez (below). In class, and throughout her visit, Duchess was well-behaved, though occasionally bored, and always remarkably patient with the crowds that seemed to regard her as some kind of curiosity. After all, she is just an adolescent (about 20 months old) 200- pound lion who has been part of the Engelhauf family ever since she was a cub.
Duchess’s visit to campus was not just an idle whim of Phil Engelhauf’s. In fact, it made a good deal of sense as originally planned. AII year, Phil had been going to biology class. And all year the instructor, James Bonner, had been accompanied in class by his beautifully behaved schnauzer. To end the year, Phil thought he ought to bring his beautifully behaved pet to Bonner’s class-room. But things didn’t work out because Duchess balked at going into the biology building, and when Duchess balks-that’s all, brother. So Phil had to go on to his next class, which was physics, and Duchess had no qualms about walking into the physics building-which is how she came to hear a physics lecture by Ricardo Gomez.
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