The Engineering Society held its eleventh annual dinner in the Assembly and Committee Rooms of the Union Saturday evening, in conjunction with the Association of Harvard Engineers. The dinner was attended by about 150 men, who were addressed by several of the foremost authorities on engineering in the country.
Mr. J. R. Worcester '82, president of the Association of Harvard Engineers for the past year, presided and introduced as the first speaker Professor F. L. Kennedy '92, secretary and treasurer of the association. Professor Kennedy spoke briefly on the splendid prospects of the new graduate society, which, beginning with a membership of 63, now has nearly 300 members. M. T. Rogers '08, president of the Engineering Society, spoke of the growing importance of the annual meeting. Hon. J. J. Myers '69, trustee of the McKay fund, eulogized the donor of the fund for his breadth of character and his wonderful scientific knowledge. Mr. J. H. Jennings '77, a mining engineer, spoke of the endeavor to place engineering on a level with other professions and to require a broad education of engineers. He dwelt at length upon the untiring industry, the great versatility, and the great fund of information of the late Dean Shaler, under whom the Lawrence Scientific School attained great importance. Dean Shaler was a poet and a philosopher, as well as a scientist and an engineer. It was chiefly he who influenced Gordon McKay to make his great bequest to Harvard.
Dean W. C. Sabine '88 welcomed to the University Professors G. E. Swain and H. E. Clifford of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Clifford declared that he felt a close attraction to Harvard, due largely to his memories of Dean Shaler. Professor Swain spoke of his great interest in Harvard and of the great opportunities offered by connection with the University. Engineers have never acquired worldwide fame, said Professor Swain, and probably never will, although the profession is being placed upon a higher plane. Of the 40 men in the Hall of Fame in New York, not one is an engineer.