Education: Goodbye to Griff

Even if he had never ventured beyond his own field, Frank Loxley Griffin, 75, would still have enjoyed a reputation as a distinguished mathematician. But to little (650 students) Reed College in Portland, Ore., Griff has always been a great deal more than that. When he retired in 1952 after 41 years, the college thought it had lost not only a beloved teacher, but a man who as much as any had made Reed the lively and respected campus that it is.

Then, under its youthful-looking new President Duncan Ballantine, Reed ran into a crisis. In trying to tighten his administration,...

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