Lady Dean

One day in 1910, Columbia's square-set President Nicholas Murray Butler sat next a judge of the State Supreme Court in the uptown elevated. "Judge Gildersleeve," said he, "I have good news for you. I've just decided to make your daughter dean of Barnard." The judge considered his verdict carefully. "I am not surprised," he said at last. "Virginia will make you a good dean."

Last week, having been just that for 34 years, Virginia Crocheron Gildersleeve, 68, resigned from the job of running Columbia's 1,237 undergraduate Barnard girls. Said she, as matter-of-factly as her...

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