Education: The Lives of Don J.T.

Except for the President's palace, the most famous address in Chile was once 49 Doce de Febrero, Santiago. Here was the center of Chile's intellectual life, the home of a slight, courtly figure known as "Don J.T." Until his death in 1930, Jose Toribio Medina reigned as Chile's cultural grandee, dispensing advice and talk to all who came to see him. Scholars and celebrities flocked to him, and it was even a tradition for foreign diplomats to pay their respects soon after they arrived in town.

Last week, for the 100th anniversary of his...

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