Education: Uncle John

The first thing that John A. Hannah did when he became president of Michigan State College at East Lansing in 1941 was to order the door of his office taken down and carted away. A friendly, floppy-gaited man, he wanted everybody to feel free to walk right in and talk to him. Tilted back in his swivel chair at his cluttered desk, he would listen patiently to laggard students, troubled facultymen, Michigan farmers and taxpayers. The purpose of a land-grant college, he said, should be "service to all people." Last week, after nine years, M.S.C. had reason to know what...