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...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!