OUT of academe and into retirement each year go a few rare men who shaped not only individual minds but entire institutions—dynamic deans, prolific professors, reformers of old fields and creators of new ones. This year is no exception. Among the influential who have become emeriti are men whose words and works will be hard to dispense with and hard to forget.

Harvard's "dean of deans" Delmar Leighton, 66, is probably remembered more warmly by more Harvardmen than anyone else in the Yard. Alumnus ('19) Leighton spent 40 years giving errants a second chance...

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