Dignity, Discourse, and Destiny: The Life of Courtney C. Smith

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University of Delaware Press, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 253 pages
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Courtney C. Smith, an educator of high standards and vision who led Swarthmore College from 1953 to 1969, was an outstanding figure in twentieth-century American higher education. A native of Iowa, Smith graduated from Harvard University in 1938 summa cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He won a Rhodes Scholarship and went to Merton College, Oxford, England, and then returned to Harvard for doctoral studies, receiving a Ph.D. in English literature. Appointed president of Swarthmore College in April 1953, at the age of 36, Smith - an articulate, strong leader - soon was actively developing relationships with the college's alumni, engaging with the Philadelphia and Quaker communities, fundraising, appointing new faculty, raising faculty salaries, and building new facilities. Smith cultivated a network of contacts in education, philanthropy, and government, including an ever-growing group of well-placed Rhodes scholars. He became a trustee of the Markle Foundation in 1953, was elected to Harvard University's Board of Overseers in 1955, and served on other nonprofit and corporate boards. In the fall of 1968 Smith encountered an increasingly contentious disagreement over the ro

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Preface
9
Childhood
15
Harvard Oxford and Marriage
21
Copyright

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Darwin H. Stapleton is executive director of the Rockefeller Archive Center.

Donna Heckman Stapleton is a social worker for the City Schools of New Rochelle, New York.

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