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interested in the educational problem-in methods of teaching, in outside influences, in large versus small student sections; another in the health and athletic activities of the students; another in the housing and social influences surrounding him; or perhaps in the administrative or financial problem involved to the Institute. All are important. All are vital to the Institute and to the student. All will well repay individual effort on the part of the men thus stimulated to thought and action. All tend to build up alumni activity, esprit de corps and co-operative effort. Methods of education benefit and become better suited to the needs of the day, for the alumni are in a better position than are the faculty to promptly sense these changing needs.

To the individual there is much pleasure in the effort; to the president and the executive committee real joy in the work, if they are so fortunate as to have the cordial assistance of a secretary such as Walter Humphreys - always responsive to suggestion, desirous of following out new trains of thought, well-informed, discreet, and a good executive.

Many important problems lie before us in which we can help if we co-operate as the Council well knows how to do the specific needs of the new president, the development of a director of alumni, the housing problem, student morale and activities, the Technology plan, an outlet for the faculty in research and in contact with practical affairs and encouragement of new fields for the development of the breadth of vision and the personality of the instructor and the student.

The field will be an abundant one so long as the spirit of co-operation guided by constructive effort shall prevail.

But we must keep clearly in mind the practical limitations of alumni effort. We cannot run the Institute though we can assist by helpful suggestions. Our conduct and discretion, rather than assertion of right or privilege, must command the confidence of the Corporation and the Faculty. We must make ourselves persona grata, sought for helpful suggestion and constructive co-operation, if we would justify the possibilities, the true destiny, of the Alumni Association. The desire of the Council to do really helpful, friendly and co-operative work, for the advancement of the Institute, of the State and Government, and of education, has long been recognized by the Institute authorities. By none more keenly than by Dr. Maclaurin. To the new president whoever he may be - we pledge our best efforts and our cordial and active support.


A. D. Little, '85, to take office in June

ARTHUR D. LITTLE, '85, chemical engineer and president of the Arthur D. Little Company, Inc., of Boston has been chosen president of the Alumni Association for the coming year.

The nominating committee named but one man for the position. The term of the president is one year. Mr. Little will succeed Leonard Metcalf, '92.

Other nominations are: vice-president, two years, Merton L. Emerson, '04; secretary-treasurer, one year, Walter Humphreys, '97; two members of the executive committee, two years, Charles W. Aiken, '91, Allan W. Rowe, '01; five representatives-at-large on the Alumni Council, Edward Pennell Brooks, '17, Henry J. Carlson, '92, Nathan Durfee, '89, Charles R. Main, '09, Charles P. Wetherbee, '91; term members of the Corporation, three to be chosen, five years, Leonard Metcalf, '92, Van Rensselaer Lansingh, '98, Burt L. Fenner, '93, Frank L. Locke, '86, Frank B. Jewett, '03, Fred E. Wilson, '91.

The three men who are chosen from the last group for membership on the Corporation will have a voice in the selection of a president for the Institute.

Mr. Metcalf, the retiring president of the Alumni Association, is a Boston man, a member of Metcalf & Eddy, consulting civil engineers. He has been associated with Mr. Eddy in this practice since 1907. Before that time he was professor of mathematics and engineering at the Massachusetts Agricultural College and director of the Hatch Experimental Station under the Meteorological Bureau at Amherst for two years, from 1895 to 1897. Following this he went into private practice which he continued for ten years and then went into partnership with Mr. Eddy.

He is a past president of the American Water Works Association, the New England Water Works Association and the Boston Society of Civil Engineers; a past vice-president of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the University Club of Chicago, the Engineers' and D. K. E. Clubs of New York and the Union and Engineers' Club of Boston.

Mr. Jewett, who got his degree from Tech in 1903 had previously obtained the A.B. from Throop College in 1898 and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1902. He is at present chief engineer for the Western Electric Company and lives in Short Hills, N. J. He was research assistant to Professor A. A. Michelson of the University of Chicago from 1900 to 1902 and later instructor at Tech, whence he went to the American Telephone and Telegraph Company.

During the war he was a lieutenant-colonel in the Signal Corps and a member of the Special Board on Anti-Submarine Devices.

Mr. Fenner, who comes from Croton-on-the-Hudson, is a member of McKim, Mead & White, New York City architects. With this firm he has designed plans for many important projects for the Pennsylvania Railroad and other companies.

Van Rensselaer Lansingh is a consulting illuminating engineer with offices in New York City, where he lives at the Engineers' Club. He is a veteran of the Spanish War. During the recent war he undertook the foundation of the Tech Club in Paris, which was later merged with the American University Union in Paris.

F. L. Locke is a Malden man and president of the Boston Young Men's Christian Union.

Mr. Wilson is a building contractor in Nahant and has written many articles of an authoritative nature concerning scientific subjects, among them a botanical history and a treatise on industrial economics.

Dr. Ernest Fox Nichols,


March 30, 1921.

2432 Kenilworth Road, Cleveland, Ohio.

Technology alumni delighted by your appointment. Greet you with the pledge of hearty co-operation and active support.

Leonard Metcalf,

LEONARD METCALF, President Alumni Association.

March 30, 1921.

14 Beacon Street, Boston, Mass

Very deeply appreciate your kind telegram and its cordial greeting from Technology alumni. The proved devotion and loyalty of Technology men is at once an inspiration and a challenge to her new president.

Cleveland, Ohio



An interesting sidelight on the early days — written by the

secretary of '80

IN the "Early History of the Alumni Association of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology," by Charles R. Cross, '70, published in the November REVIEW, 1920, a short account is given of the first public graduation exercises, that being at the graduation of the Class of '79. That was an innovation that was much approved by some of the students and very much disapproved by others. The members of the Class of '80 were unanimous in their disapproval and took measures to endeavor to prevent such public exercises at their own graduation. After full discussion in class meeting a committee of three, of which the writer was one, was appointed to call upon President Rogers and present the views of the class as opposed to any public exercises at graduation. President Rogers was asked to name a time at which he would receive the committee and he asked us to call at his house at a certain time. On our arrival we were received with the utmost cordiality and made to feel at home at once. He began the interview by showing us various works of art and of science, and especially some geological reports and maps he had recently received from abroad. We tried now and then to discuss the purpose of our interview but each time we were side-tracked by some new display or new story and finally we found ourselves very kindly dismissed without having had the slightest opportunity to present the subject we had been sent to discuss.

Naturally when the committee made its report to the class there was very much ridicule heaped upon it by the other members. Finally the writer became indignant at what he considered the unwarranted abuse and moved that the class should act as a Committee of the Whole and ask the president to meet such a committee. This move was accepted and later President Rogers met the class in the old lecture room on the main floor of our one building of that time, the present architectural building.

Here again the same tactics were repeated. President Rogers at once took full charge of the meeting, telling us very many interesting stories connected with the founding of the Institute, also of his work in connection with geological surveys, of his life as a student, and many other matters, but never referring to the subject of the meeting. Each time that any of our members tried to introduce the subject he was at once headed off by some apt story or remark and after a most pleasant half hour or more we found the meeting closed without the subject under discussion being even mentioned. The president withdrew very pleasantly and the class decided that there was but one thing to be

done, that was to accept the conditions as gracefully as possible. This was done and the exercises went off very pleasantly, much to the gratification of the admiring relatives if not to the members of the class.

But there has always been an element of sadness as we look back to that gathering upon the platform of old Rogers. It was the last occasion upon which the graduates of that day were all together. Within three months one of its members, Small, was dead, and now just fifty per cent of its graduates have passed away.

It has seemed to the writer that the method adopted by President Rogers in carrying out his own views without antagonizing his students might be of interest to others of the older alumni, hence this letter. GEORGE H. BARTON, Secretary of '80.


IN recognition of his research work in solar physics, the Royal Institution of Great Britain has just conferred upon Dr. George Ellery Hale, '90, director of the Carnegie Solar Observatory at Mount Wilson, the Actonian Prize. Announcement of the conferring of the honor upon him was received today by Dr. Hale in a Marconigram from London.

The Actonian Prize is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon any scientist and is awarded annually to some scientist who has achieved some outstanding result in the realm of scientific research. In Dr. Hale's case the board of managers of the Royal Institution of Great Britain decided that his work in solar physics was the most worthy of recognition and awarded him the honor. Faraday, the famous scientist, did his research work under the auspices of the Royal Institution of Great Britain and it has annually given the Actonian Prize to some notable scientist for his achievements.

Dr. Hale is recognized throughout the world as one of the foremost scientists of the day and has been signally honored on several occasions by both American and foreign institutions in recognition of his scientific accomplishments. The Paris Academy of Science accorded him the Jansen Medal in 1894, and in 1902 he was given the Rumford Medal and a year later the Draper Medal. In 1904 the Royal Astronomical Society honored him with a gold medal and the following year the Bruce Medal was presented to him from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. The Astronomical Society of France has also presented Dr. Hale with a gold medal.

Dr. Hale is a member of numerous scientific organizations and has degrees from eleven leading educational institutions, the University of Pittsburgh, Yale, Victoria University, England, Oxford, Cambridge, University of Chicago, Columbia University, Beloit College, University of California, Princeton and Berlin University.

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