Education: Hoppy's Generation

One day last week Ernest Martin Hopkins flew from Washington, where for five months he has been busy with U.S. defense, to Hanover, N.H. First thing "Hoppy" did was to strip to his shirt sleeves, make himself comfortable. Then he read a stack of telegrams—from Cordell Hull, Wendell Willkie, William S. Knudsen, John D. Rockefeller Jr., President Roosevelt, many another, in honor of his 25th anniversary as Dartmouth's president.

Dartmouth's alumni, who love every wrinkle of Hoppy's square, rugged face, toasted him at a banquet (his own class —'01—had its 40th reunion). Dartmouth...