Education: To Cherish & Defend

One afternoon last week, a solemn procession in academic robes, headed by the mace-bearing chief marshal of Yale University, formed itself on the New Haven campus. The notables of the procession were mostly Yalemen, deans and professors, and Fellows of the Corporation (among them: Secretary of State Dean Acheson, '15, Senator Robert A. Taft, '10, Connecticut's Governor Chester Bowles, '24). Yale was doing what Yale had done only 15 times before in its 249-year history: inaugurating a president. Yale's 16th: slim, ginger-haired Historian Alfred Whitney Griswold, 43, member of Yale's class of '29, faculty member since he won his Ph.D. in...