Religion: Christmas Present

"We would like very much to associate this gift with the spirit of Christmas." With these words Industrialist Myron C. Taylor last week presented Cornell University with a Christmas present that was notable indeed—$1,500,000. Its purpose: to establish a student interfaith building in memory of his wife. The new structure will contain a chapel dedicated to Cornell men who died in World War II, an "All Nations" room, an auditorium, and offices for twelve cooperating church groups. Episcopalian Taylor (Cornell law school 1894; presidential envoy to the Vatican since 1939) has already given the university its law school building and endowed...

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