ARMY & NAVY: The Longhairs

ARMY & NAVY

After three years of war service, mild-mannered Dr. Robert Lawrence Stearns announced that he was leaving the U.S. Army Air Forces in July to go back to his old job as president of the University of Colorado. Airmen, who knew the crack job Civilian Stearns had done, were almost as concerned as if one of their generals were retiring.

Dr. Stearns was one of a group of men General "Hap" Arnold had rounded up after Pearl Harbor to bring a keen civilian eye to the multifarious problems of the Air Forces. Hap Arnold laid out their duties, sent...