Education: The Moderate

When Secretary Marion Folsom and his colleagues in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare began looking for a successor to Education Commissioner Samuel Brownell, one name kept cropping up over and over again: Superintendent Lawrence Gridley Derthick of Chattanooga. Last week President Eisenhower, who had once heard Derthick hold forth at a Columbia Teachers College seminar, announced that Derthick was the man for the job.

The son of a teacher and the brother of two more, 50-year-old Lawrence Derthick has spent his life in education. Born in a dormitory at Kentucky's Hazel...

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