Education: Clearance in Chicago

In his nine years as chancellor of the University of Chicago, Lawrence A. Kimpton, 49, has had to tame a particularly unruly section of the Midwest. He has hacked down slums that were hemming in Chicago's campus, trimmed overblown courses that were smothering the curriculum. Last week he announced his resignation because he felt he had at last put Chicago in order.

A Cornell-and-Stanford-trained philosopher, Kimpton took over a campus intellectually stirred by the sweeping changes of restless Idealist Robert Maynard Hutchins. College courses of broad generalization had buried traditional academic details. It...

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