Science: Spider Man

Yale students last week solemnly bade Godspeed to a professor, poet, zoologist, historian, philosopher and the world's foremost authority on spiders. This jack-of-all-sciences was Alexander Ivanovich ("Pete") Petrunkevitch, who after 34 indefatigable years as a Yale teacher was retiring.

"Pete's Teas," two-hour Monday-afternoon discussions of human frailty, have been a Yale institution. So was their chief attraction, white-bristled Professor Petrunkevitch. Generations of Yalemen have seen his gaunt figure trotting briskly about the campus to 13 hours of classes a day. At 68, 'Pete was just getting his second wind. No more...

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