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By James H. Capshew

Energetic, smart, and fascinating, Herman B Wells used to be the motive force at the back of the transformation of Indiana University—which turned a version for American public larger schooling within the twentieth century. an individual of bizarre sensitivity and a talented and empathetic communicator, his personality and imaginative and prescient formed the constitution, ethos, and spirit of the establishment in numerous methods. Wells articulated a persuasive imaginative and prescient of where of the collage within the smooth international. lower than his management, Indiana collage might develop in dimension and stature, setting up powerful connections to the kingdom, the kingdom, and the area. His commitment to the humanities, to educational freedom, and to overseas schooling remained hallmarks of his 63-year tenure as President and college Chancellor. Wells lavished specific cognizance at the flagship campus at Bloomington, increasing its footprint tenfold in measurement and preserving its wooded area panorama as new structures and amenities have been developed. Gracefully getting older in position, he turned a cherished paterfamilias to the IU extended family. Wells equipped an establishment, and, within the approach, grew to become one himself.

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Granville maintained a stoic and competent persona as a bank officer, financial adviser, and public servant, but was often withdrawn and morose at home. Herman had to grow up quickly to cope with his father’s mood disorder, and Bernice relied increasingly upon him as a confidant and ally in managing Granville. 8 Back in Lebanon after a year away, everything seemed pretty much the same, including the daily routines of the family. Still the dutiful and busy son, during the week he approached his summer job with a confident air born of experience, and, on Sundays, went to the Methodist church with his mother and, upon occasion, his father.

The complete university must deal with everything in a world where nothing is useless and where nothing is common or unclean. The complete university must teach those things which seem utterly useless – if necessary, in glorious defiance of the ignorant, and must teach those things which seem basely utilitarian, if necessary, in defiance of the learned. ” 69 The heady concoction of the Western tradition and university ideals flavored with local history was also evident at commencement two months later.

Any that were left unpaid were presented to fraternity brothers and other responsible friends. Of the three brothers, Peter Costas had a reputation for tolerance and sympathy for the students, and was able to spot subtle distinctions between members 22 t h e sh a pi ng of a f i duci a ry, 1902–1937 of different fraternities and sororities. ”33 Costas strove to make the prevailing atmosphere “wholesome and beautiful,” and he was proud of the Book Nook’s role as a vital center of student activities.

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