Education: Goodbye, Messrs. Chips

Each year U.S. colleges and universities must say goodbye to many a famed and favorite figure. Among 1954's retirements: North Carolina's Howard Washington Odum, 70, slouching, rumpled dean of Southern sociologists, whose 200-odd books, articles and monographs have set a whole generation of Southerners to analyzing their problems of poverty, race and regionalism, and even the state of their schools and soil. Twice a Ph.D. (Clark and Columbia Universities). Sociologist Odum went from Georgia's Emory University to North Carolina in 1920. soon won fame as an insatiable collector of facts and folklore, a writer of passable novels (e.g., Rainbow Round My...

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