Education: Beirut's Fourth

The 82-year-old American University of Beirut, in the Lebanon, is one of the main outposts of western influence in the Near East. Last year, when A.U.B.'s kindly, white-haired President Bayard Dodge decided to retire (TIME, Sept. 29, 1947), Near Easterners wondered where the U.S. would ,ever find his like. For 35 years, Bayard Dodge had impartially dispensed advice, criticism and friendship to all creeds and factions, but kept his tropical suits unsullied by political controversy. Last week a troubled Near East (see INTERNATIONAL) got its first look at Dodge's successor.

Stephen Beasley Linnard...

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