Always remember, Frodo, the Ring is trying to get back to its master. It wants to be found.”
—Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

And so it is with brass rats as well. It seems neither time nor distance can keep an MIT alum away from his brass rat forever. The Dothan, Alabama-based Dothan Eagle recently reported that Hart Dowling ’75, who lost his ring in Cambridge some 26 years ago, has been reunited with his treasured object. At some point, a man named B.R. Drummond found the ring on a sink in a Birmingham, Alabama, gas station but was unable to locate the owner. Drummond’s son took possession of the ring upon the elder man’s death and recently set about finding Dowling. He succeed with help from the Alumni Association and a Google search.

Brass ratAccording to the published report, Dowling will give the replacement ring he subsequently purchased to MIT, who will sell it and donate the proceeds to the Hobby Shop on campus, a place Dowling frequented as an undergrad.

Dowling is not the first alum to be reunited with his beloved ring. Henry Nau ’63 of Maryland twice lost his ring, once in the Pacific Ocean, and it was returned to him. Steven A. Spura ’76, SM ’77 lost his ring for more than 30 years, but thanks to a conscientious treasure hunter, the ring is back on his finger