Education: A Doctor for Amherst

"A doctor tries to educate people to live," says Calvin Hastings Plimpton, 41, assistant dean of Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons. The sentiment sounded good to Massachusetts lively little (1,000 students) Amherst College. Last week Amherst named Alumnus ('39) Plimpton as its long-sought successor to able President Charles W. Cole, 54, who leaves this June after 14 good years to become vice president of the Rockefeller Foundation.

A polished product of a polished Massachusetts family, tall, dark, witty Physician Plimpton grew up in Plimptonville (really only a courtesy stop on the New Haven line), 18 miles out of Boston. No...

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