Education: Upgrading in Alaska

Stepping to the podium at the University of Alaska in 1953, the commencement speaker made an eloquent plea: "Be bold!" Mining Engineer Ernest Newton Patty knew whereof he spoke. Apart from a first-rate mining school, which Patty himself had built up, the ill-equipped campus near Fairbanks was little more than a "moose college" for young Alaskans who lacked the brains or money to attend colleges Outside. Skeptics suggested that it might well be converted into a penal or mental institution.

When Engineer Patty finished his call for "maximum service to Alaska," the board of regents named him to succeed retiring President...

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