Yesterday afternoon the class of 1869, at exercises held in Widener Library, presented to the University a bust of their classmate, Francis Davis Millet, a prominent mural artist and newspaper correspondent, who lost his life in the Titanic disaster. The bust, a bronze by Mr. Albin Polisek of Chicago, a friend of Mr. Millet, was executed in Rome a few days before the latter's death. It has been placed on a pedestal in the corridor leading to the general reading room.
Dr. E. H. Bradford '69 presided at the exercises yesterday, introducing several friends of Mr. Millet, who spoke briefly. Professor F. G. Peabody '69, another classmate of Mr. Millet's, formally presented the bust to the University and President Lowell accepted it.
Francis Davis Millet, born in 1846, served in the Civil War as a drummer boy, enlisting in 1861 at the age of 15. He entered College in 1865, and at the end of his course spend several years studying at Antwerp. He was for some time a newspaper correspondent for the Boston Advertise, and during the Russo-Turkish War and the Spanish War reported for the London Daily News and the New York Herald. In the field of art he ranked among the most prominent of American mural decorators and medal designers.