Education: Chance Out

The most stay-at-home Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court, 75-year-old Bachelor James Clark McReynolds, last week stirred from his Washington apartment to attend an alumni banquet at his alma mater, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. What brought Alumnus McReynolds (Class of '82) and 500 other alumni back to Vanderbilt was a long-awaited, long-dreaded piece of news. At 77, their Chancellor James Hampton Kirkland, the Grand Old Man of Southern Education, was going to retire.

As tall, bald, stringy . as ever, the "Chance" seemed to many an alumnus no older. To...