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The History of Harvard's Commencement, Explained

EDWARD S. HARKNESS

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Harvard hears with deep regret of the death of Edward S. Harkness, a sympathetic and modest patron of American education for the past twenty years. At a time when the expansion of endowed universities seemed to have reached a standstill, it was Mr. Harkness's far-sightedness and generosity which made it possible for Harvard, and shortly thereafter, Yale, to institute the housing systems which have made and are making such a great contribution to undergraduate life.

Not only will educators long remember his great munificence; but they will also remember the charm with which he gave. Never a seeker after personal glory, his gifts were made quietly and unostentatiously. He shunned public notice, would never make a speech, and conscientiously refused to grant interviews. However, the concrete memorials of his service will keep his name alive much longer than could any temporary burst of popular recognition.

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