Universities: A New Dean at Ole Miss

In 1963, Dean Robert Farley was eased out of the University of Mississippi law school for insisting that James Meredith had a legal right to attend Ole Miss. As Farley's successor, the trustees appointed a safer man: Joshua M. Morse III, an Ole Miss alumnus and law professor who has opposed Farley's subversive ideas. But Dean Morse, now 46, soon showed signs of heresy himself. He strayed North for a year of graduate study at Yale law school, returned with a sense of social mission that dramatically changed Ole Miss—and has now doomed him to Farley's fate.

Morse, whose father...

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