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C. M. Sills of Bowdoin College, Bradley Stoughton of the American Society of Mining Engineers, Augustus Trowbridge, of Princeton University, Worcester R. Warner of American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Prof. C. H. Wesley of Howard University, Prof. R. R. Wilson of Wooster College, Arthur T. Williston, director of Wentworth Institute; Prof. F. S. Woods of Wesleyan University, Lieut.-Col. Gilbert Youngberg.

Following the academic procession President Nichols held a short reception in the educational building, after which luncheon was served to the guests of the Institute in the faculty room of Walker Memorial. The organization of the inauguration was in the hands of the following committee:

Chief Marshal: Col. Frank L. Locke.

Chief of Staff: Walter Humphreys.

Ushering in General and Programs: Horace Ford, Bursar.
Equipment: Mr. Ford and Major Smith.


Delegates: Dr. Munroe, Professors Tyler, Emerson and Jackson.
Corporation and Faculty: Prof. W. H. Lawrence.

Instructors and Assistants: Professor Swett.

Students: Professors Norton and Dillon.

Alumni: Professor Spofford, Messrs. M. L. Emerson and I. W.

Governor: Colonel Christian.

Public: Professor Spofford.

Decorations: Professor Gardner.
Music: Professor Pearson.


Sung at the Inauguration

Founded on the rock of knowledge,

Planned with wisdom, wrought with care,

Rose our citadel of learning,

Rich with promise, strong, and fair.

Loyal service, fruitful effort,

Zeal to search and know the truth,
These the watchwords of its wardens,
These the goals pursued by youth.

Praise and honor to the founder,

And to those whose course is run;
Their example, as a halo,

Crowns the work so well begun.
We, the living, pledge our effort

To transcend the radiant past;

Ever faithful to the standard,

To the promise holding fast.-FREDERICK P. FISH.




Acting President

THE service rendered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology during its existence of some few years more than half a century in establishing upon a firm basis technical education and engineering training would not have been possible had it not been fortunate in having exceptional men at its head - men of great ability, high ideals and intense, almost passionate, realization of the future of science and its applications. The building up of a great school from small beginnings amid many difficulties required their unselfish devotion to a difficult task; earnest support by Faculty, Alumni, at first very few, and the friends of the school. Their tireless effort led to that increasing public confidence and general recognition of the value and necessity for the kind of training for which the school has stood - TECHNOLOGY, broadened and illuminated by scientific study, work founded on thorough scientific research and investigation as against rule of thumb or traditional methods merely; not a narrow specialization, but by learning which looks forward as well as backward, that uses the history as a means of inspiration for further future advancement and achievement.

Well within the period of my remembrance of thirty years ago is the incumbency as president of the young and struggling school, of General Francis A. Walker, to whom this building in which we meet has been erected as a memorial, and who devoted his life to the upbuilding of the Institute.

The Institute today, in its new location and with its splendid buildings here on the Charles, we may regard as an enduring monument to the labor and sacrifice of our late president, Dr. Maclaurin, who, possessing all the qualities of an able exponent of science, as well as educator and administrator, easily won the confidence of the Corporation, Faculty and Alumni, who recognized in him a sane and safe leader, whose attainments and ideals were of the highest, and whose unflagging energy and enthusiasm led later to the wonderful rebirth exemplified in the new Technology. To have known him, to have worked with him, was a privilege. He was great in all the things he undertook. All too soon it became the task of the governing body to find a successor.

To know how best to administer the affairs of a great educational enterprise, particularly those of a great modern technical school; to be able to sympathize from real knowledge and acquaintance with scientific developments, with the work of its departments, varied over a wide range; to realize when the best interests of the students are being rightly served; to be unflinching in criticism when it is needed; to be far-sighted and clear in vision; to inspire to greater accomplishment; to keep abreast of the times and to lead as far as possible; to understand broadly

and in its widest aspect the importance and influence of technical education to the state, to the nation, and to the world at large, and lastly to combine with these great abilities personal qualities of the highest order, demands a rare man. Our leader must be as far as possible just such a man, able to take up the work where he finds it and lead in the future growth and usefulness of our Institute. We of the governing body believe that our careful search for more than a year past has brought to us the man for whom we were seeking. Of highest attainment in science, whose original work is known throughout the world, the recipient of many honors here and abroad, chosen to membership in the few societies of the highest rank, experienced as professor and teacher, a most successful administrator as president of Dartmouth College for eight years, I have the pleasure and the honor of calling upon Dr. Ernest Fox Nichols, now formally to accept the presidency of the Institute and to receive inauguration thereto.

Dr. Nichols, representing the Institute and its governing board as acting president, I hereby invest you with the duties and responsibilities of this high office in the full assurance that our confidence is rightly placed, and we pledge you our fullest sympathy and support whenever it may be needed. We know that the best standards and highest aims of our Institute are safe in your hands. We feel assured that the administration of its affairs will be conducted by you upon the high plane and in the spirit which has always characterized your actions, such that the Institute, its alumni and the world-wide friends of the school will have cause for congratulation in your unselfish devotion to its best interests.

Were this occasion less of a public one, I might dwell upon the long period of years during which I have known you and your work, and on the peculiar admiration I have always had for you.

In closing, I may be permitted simply to say that in laying down the more or less nominal duties of acting president, I believe that the Institute is particularly fortunate in having as a permanent successor to our beloved and deeply lamented President Maclaurin, one who was so close a friend to him, one knowing his problems and who, as a friend, esteemed him most highly.

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