Education: Debutante

Thirteen years ago a Manhattan drug manufacturer named William Van Duzer Lawrence went to Vassar's President Henry Noble MacCracken for advice. Rich and generous Mr. Lawrence wanted to found a college for women but was not sure how to go about it. He was prepared to give the college his big gabled house Westlands in suburban Bronxville, N. Y., twelve acres of land, the sum of $1,250,000 and his wife's name, Sarah Bates Lawrence. Would Vassar take the fledgling college under her wing? Magnanimous Dr. MacCracken promised that Vassar would.

Mr. Lawrence kept...

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