Education: Smith's Next

Eyebrows of Yale alumni rose last week like mugs at Mory's; Smith College, prestigious college for young women, had just announced that its next president would be Thomas Corwin Mendenhall II. A 48-year-old associate professor and master of Yale's Berkeley College, Mendenhall is Yale-famed for his classes in maritime and English history, admired for the pungent certitude with which he expresses himself and for his imaginatively disreputable wardrobe. A huge (6 ft. 2 in., 200 Ibs.), slightly stooped man who is bald but manages to look shaggy in spite of it, he ambles into class apparently costumed to stalk moose, was...

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