Theodore Spencer, Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory, left his teaching post on Monday, as a result of a sudden heart attack, which forced him to retire to Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and which will probably incapacitate him for the remainder of the spring term.
One of the nurses, under whose care Professor Spencer is now recuperating, described his condition upon entering as clearly one of "ventricular fibrillation,"--which decoded, means that the pulse beat is too faint to count.
May Leave Hospital
Although he may be well enough to leave the hospital by the end of this week or the first of next week, he will apparently be in no condition to resume his duties in the English Department until next September. "Students now enrolled in Professor Spencer's English 23b and Humanities I will have to be content with substitutes," reported Bartlett J. Whiting '25, professor of English.