Excerpt from Brown, Vol. 30: Alumni Monthly, November, 1929
On The Hill
Contemporary Topics of Interest to graduates of Brown
The Barbour Inauguration
Fair weather favored the ceremonies in connection with the inauguration of President Clarence Augustus Barbour, October 16, 17 and 18 - except that rain fell during the evening of the 16th, the time set for the meeting of alumni to greet the new executive at Sayles Hall. The program was carried out in all its intended features, (See the October number of the Alumni Monthly). We lack room for a full report of the many addresses delivered, but are printing elsewhere in this issue the Presidents inaugural, an earnest presentation of the needs of the university as seen by a man long trained in religious work. We also print in full the statement of policy adopted by the corporation, one of the most important documents in the history of Brown.
The Alumni Reception
On Wednesday evening a great gathering of alumni greeted President Barbour at Sayles Hall. The hall was arranged informally with tables and easy chairs and on a platform at the south side sat Dr. Barbour, Everett Colby, 97, Victor A. Schwartz, 07, president of the Associated Alumni, and John D.Rockefeller, Jr., 97. Mr. Colby was the presiding officer and his opening address, in a happy vein, was followed by a sparkling speech by Mr. Rockefeller. Dr. Barbour gave an address in which wit and earnestness were mingled, and which the audience greeted with long-continued applause. Refreshments were served, there was music by a jazz trio, and a large company of alumni (including the new president) later joined around the piano in a spirited rendering of Brown songs.
A Colorful Parade
One of the most interesting features of the inauguration program was the procession which met on the middle campus early Friday afternoon, October 18, and thence marched to the meeting house. It was colorful in the extreme, thanks to the vari-tinted hoods of the Brown faculty and the delegates from other institutions of learning. As is suggested by a picture which we print in this issue of the Monthly, there were crowds of spectators along the line of march, and they unconsciously added to the variety and gayety of the scene. The church was filled, and the music by a trained choir under, the direction of John B., Archer was good. President Lowell of Harvard read a dignified address and President Farrand of Cornell delivered one without notes. Without derogation of these two excellent speakers, we may say that Dr. Barbour's voice carried best to the rear of the church.
At the Biltmore
In the evening, at the inaugural dinner at the Biltmore Hotel, 450 persons overflowed the great ballroom, so that a few tables had to be set in the foyer. The speaking was of a lofty character and Colonel Noble B.Judah, 04, recently Ambassador to Cuba, made a graceful - and adequately brief - toastmaster. Governor Case, 09, brought the greetings of the State. President Angell of Yale, noted the fact that his father was once a Brown professor, and his grandfather (Alexis Caswell) Pres dent of Brown. Dr. Angell built up a strong case for self-education, citing a long list of Americans who did not have the benefit of a college training, and then convincingly argued that after all such a training is a good thing to have. Professor Collier pledged to Dr. Barbour the co-operation of the University teaching force. Mr. Hughes was his usual vigorous and witty self. Principal Stearn's of Andoer congratulated Brown on getting as President a man who has so deeply impressed himself upon the youth of our preparatory schools, Andover particularly. Dr. Faunce was gracious and eloquent as always, and Dr. Barbour, completing the list of speakers, fervently expressed the desire that he might have wisdom for the great task before him.
The Inaugural Address of President Barbour
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