Education: The Old Breed

At patrician Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., the class of 1914 had no trouble picking the Man Most Likely to Succeed. He was bright, moonfaced James Phinney Baxter III, pride of a leading Maine family.* Armed with summa and Phi Beta Kappa key. Valedictorian Baxter headed for Wall Street riches. A brush with TB soon turned him to teaching; but the class prophecy still came true. At 44, Historian Baxter became the youngest of Williams' ten presidents. This month, when he retired at 68, Phinney Baxter was the dean of topflight New England...

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