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Page 171 of James Kennedy Patterson, pater universitatis Kentuckionsis : his career, his achievements, his personality / William Benjamin Smith.

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171 and 2zlt the 2avoring breozo and determlned to stir for port. It was .low thn fPrtieth year of his Presile:aoy o:e the many-named insti- tuticon, thre climacteric of his high career, and its oen.1etion was on all hinda enthusiastically celebrated. Every interest appointed its speaker, ead their addresses, along with an "Appreciation", Vere p; .lished in handsone volume. More than all elseo perhaps, he val- ued a letter fDom Andrew Carnegie, 'the greatest Scotohmnan and Phi- lanthroopist of modern times'. Carnegie had already two years before urged him earnestly to apply for a henefiotion 2rom the Carnegie"Foun- dation for the Advancoement of Teaching"; and later the President of the Foundation, Dr. H;enry 3. Pritchett, had insistently renewed the suggestion. Patterson yieldtd to their urgenoe and in June, 19C2, he was notified of the (Carnegie) Trustees' resolution enzolling him as beneficiary at any time he dhould retre". Retirement. Acoordingly, at the June meeting of the Board in Lexington, he announoed his determination 'to retire at an early date', and asked 'for a Coninittee to consider oonditions of retire- ment ad to select a oompetent man to :.oseed ro. Ihe Board hoard with surprise and manifest regret', but a&-onated the Committeet Messrs. Patterson, Barker, Clay, Stoll .nd Terrell; the President sketched in very eLaiphatto terms what type of man should succeed. him. "lhe "Conditions of Retirement" (unfortunate phrase that smacks tUe At one point he almost seems to be describing unconsciously himself; "a man of high moral character, with a reverent attitude toward things sacred and divine, not necessarily a church-n , but in symrpathy with the religious beliefs and aspirations oi' Christiuity4.

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