At a meeting of the undergraduate members of the University chapter of Phi Beta Kappa held recently, Porter Ralph Chandler '21 of Geneseo, New York, was elected First Marshal. This honor is awarded each year by the Society to the member of the Senior class whose academic record is the highest.
Chandler prepared at St. Mark's School, and entered the University with distinction in the fall of 1917. During less than three years at the College, he received credit for 16 2-3 courses, without receiving a grade lower than B. He is credited with 11 1-2 A's and only 2 1-6 B's. In the remaining three courses, he was excused from a final examination by the instructor, but his previous work was of an A average. He is thus entitled to a total of 14 1-2 A's. Last spring Chandler received his degree "as of 1921" with double distinction--summa cum laude in Classics and Government, and magna cum laude in Classics. This year he is studying in Balliol College, Oxford, but his absence does not disqualify him from holding office, which is purely honorary, as all the administration of the business of the society is in the hands of the Recording Secretary.
Hermon Dunlap Smith '21 of Chicago, Illinois, was elected Second Marshal of the University chapter. This office is also honorary, and is annually awarded to the Recording Secretary except in unusual circumstances. Smith prepared at the Francis W. Parker School, Chicago. If present at the close of the year, the two marshals march at the head of the procession of scholars on Phi Beta Kappa Day, but they have no other duties.