Education: Pedigrees & Principles

Swank St. Mark's School, some 25 miles from Boston, couldn't find a clergyman for its headmaster. So last week the school's trustees did the next best thing: they chose a man who had been born at St. Mark's, raised at St. Mark's, educated at St. Mark's, and after four years at Princeton and one at Yale, had returned to St. Mark's as a teacher. He was William Wyatt Barber Jr., a squirish, 39-year-old gentleman with a wife named Peg and a dog named Thor.

During his long years in the cold corridors of the school's single Tudorish building, William Barber has had...

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