The New Rector

In his early twenties, Ed Stettinius was a big man on the campus but nobody ever accused him of scholarship. He was student president, ran the University of Virginia's honor system, and its Y.M.C.A. He was also president of the IMPs, a club of roisterers, although he did not smoke, never drank, did teach Sunday School.

In almost four years at Virginia, interrupted by illness and a trip around Europe, Ed Stettinius earned only six of 60 credits needed for a degree; he flunked a course in Government. A latter-day president of the...

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