Education: A Matter of Personality

Claude M. Fuess decided to interrupt his graduate studies at Columbia University to take a job in the English Department at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. He meant to stay for only a year, but he stayed for 40, first as a teacher and later as headmaster. Last week, in the course of a mellow autobiography called Independent Schoolmaster (Atlantic-Little, Brown; $5), Claude Fuess told what makes a great teacher, by recalling some of the "Olympians" he has known.

Bony Body. In 40 years, Fuess (pronounced Fuss, Few-ess, Feis and Foos—but he prefers Fease)...

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