Education: Phenomenal Phoenix

To the young zoologist who had decided to take a job as a professor at the new University of Miami, the news in 1926 was depressing. The crash of Florida's big real-estate boom had all but wiped out the university backers; worse still was the devastation left by the 1926 hurricane. Zoologist Jay F. W. Pearson might never have gone to Miami at all if he had spotted the headline sooner: MIAMI IN RUINS.

For a good many months, it seemed as if the university might remain part of the ruins. But Pearson decided to stay anyway. He rose to be President...

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