Education: Carry On, Cornell

Ezra Cornell of suburban Bloomfield, N.J. does well at arithmetic and thinks he may become a scientist. Whatever he becomes, there is little doubt where he wants to go to college—Cornell University. For one thing, Ezra is the namesake and great-great-great grandson of the man who founded Cornell in 1865. For another, Ezra last week learned officially that he will be a life trustee of the university. He is eleven and a sixth-grader.

Under Cornell's charter, the eldest lineal descendant of the original Ezra must always sit on the school's 49-member board. Millionaire Ezra Cornell, a onetime carpenter who helped put together...

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