Education: This Prof Learned the Hard Way

A former P.O. W. runs the Naval War College and teaches too

The lecturer is all Navy: blue uniform, gold braid, seven rows of ribbons, a lined, leathery face and a full mane of white hair. Like a captain on his bridge, he paces back and forth before his students, 45 mature, mid-career military officers taking a year of graduate studies at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.

The lecturer, Vice Admiral James Stockdale, 55, is accustomed to speaking before sizable groups of men. As a wing commander aboard an aircraft carrier, he...

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