"Look to the left ..."

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Mon Nov 21 17:21:33 UTC 2011

At 11/21/2011 11:57 AM, victor steinbok wrote:
>Dean Landin's decision to eradicate the policy back in 1937 does not appear
>to have dissuaded promulgation of the story--it is still being told /about/
>Harvard, but not /at/ Harvard.

But I was speaking about the entering class(es) of undergraduates --
that is, the respective colleges, not the Harvard Law
School.  Apparently Dean Landis had not dissuaded Harvard College
into the 1950s.

And having been puzzled by "Dean Landin" -- not a name I remember
associated with Harvard Law -- it's apparently "The new dean of the
Harvard Law School, James M. Landis" -- "new" for the Mach 13, 1937,
Harvard Crimson.  Apparently a transcription error by Victor --
Google shows the correct spelling.  (For the other change he made at
the law school, see
Or find his term of office at


>On Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 10:13 AM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:
> > Also from the fog: I think that I heard the story told in the 50s --
> > at Columbia, of Harvard, by a Columbia administrator or
> > professor.  Who went on to say that Columbia took better care of its
> > freshman, and graduated a higher percentage of its entering class.
> >
> > Joel

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