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May 20, 1961


JAMA. 1961;176(7):607-608. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040200043012

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The "grad" returns to his Alma Mater to roam familiar corridors. This could be nostalgia at its peak. Instead, he finds a majestic structure, towering above the roof tops, modern architecture, beautifully appropriate and functional. Plainly, there has been sad encroachment, but "it was high time to rid the old school of musty odors, rickety stairs, gloomy laboratories. The new building is terrific— they have had a windfall." The dean agrees. "There were handsome gifts, but don't be misled; the basic problems remain. As for example, funds are required to supplement the salaries of teachers bowed down with personal responsibilities; some have gone elsewhere because of poor pay; others are about to leave. Replacements are extremely difficult. No wonder we are on tenterhooks."

Visits to other schools reveal similar problems— the need for increments, monies for alterations, even minor repairs. A new parking area has become essential, also a larger

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