Editor's note: In the fall of 1963, Terrence Dwyer, a 1963 graduate of Humboldt High School who is today the editorial page coordinator at The Messenger, was a freshman at Harvard University. On Nov. 23, 1963, he wrote a letter to his mother, Maxine Dwyer, describing the reaction on the Harvard campus to the assassination of the president. Maxine Dwyer, then the principal at Lincoln Elementary School in Fort Dodge, shared the letter with Walter Stevens, then the editor of The Messenger. Stevens published the following excerpts from Terry Dwyer's letter a few days later. It begins with his description of a gathering of several classmates in his room in Thayer Hall in Harvard Yard to listen to the radio news coverage of the shooting in Dallas.