Education: Goodbye, Messrs. Chips

Each year U.S. colleges and universities must say goodbye to some of their famed and favorite figures. Among this year's faculty retirements:

Bryn Mawr College's Helen Taft Manning, 65, two-time dean (1917-19, 1925-41) and two-time acting president (1919-20, 1929-30), who might well have been president had she not preferred to stick to her first love, studying and teaching history. The only daughter of William Howard Taft, Helen was an undergraduate at Bryn Mawr when, at the age of 18, she was called to serve as her father's hostess in the White House. Three years later she went back to take her bachelor's...

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