Education: Goodbye, Messrs. Chips

Each year, U.S. colleges and universities must say goodbye to many a famed and favorite figure. Among 1953's retirements:

Duke's William T. ("Lap") Laprade, 69, who started teaching history at Durham's little Trinity College in 1909, went right on without turning a hair as the college vanished in a cloud of tobacco smoke and emerged as one of the richest and most gothic of U.S. universities. A specialist on the 18th century, Lap paced about his platform, waved his arms, laced his lectures with gossipy bulletins about the scandals and scoundrels, the brains and...

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