Education: Vassar Picks a Woman

Looking for a successor to retiring President Henry Nobel MacCracken, Vassar College set out to get "the best possible person, man or woman." Last week Vassar found what it was looking for, picked the first woman president in its 85 years. The choice was Cornell's Home Economics Dean Sarah Gibson Blanding, 47.

Dean Blanding is a tall, gaunt, plain-drawling person who has come a long way from the small farm she was born on near Lexington, Ky. In her early teens, she got $10 a month for yanking on the bell ropes of the local Episcopal church. She often rode with her...

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