Education: No Squeak, No Whirr

What should a college president be like? Last week in the Nation, Stanford University's scholarly Albert Guérard, professor emeritus of general literature, proposed a model of his own: the late Ray Lyman Wilbur, who died in June at 74. Wilbur, onetime Secretary of the Interior (under Hoover) and for 23 years Stanford's president, was a gaunt and gangling man who "belonged physically to the race of Lincoln . . . Like Lincoln he had humor: his own brand, unexpected, spare, with a sharp flinty tang." But it was a good deal more than humor...

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