Education: Return Engagement

After 35 years at Johns Hopkins University, Vice President Lowell J. Reed, 67, cleaned out his desk, said goodbye all around, and last June retired to his New Hampshire farm. But last week, less than a month after President Detlev Bronk resigned to become head of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (TIME, July 6), the Hopkins trustees made a surprise announcement. The man they wanted for Bronk's successor: Lowell Reed.

President Reed is the nation's top biostatistician (a word he coined himself). Over the years, he has collected statistics on everything from...

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