University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Link to University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Link to University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
The University of Wisconsin Collection

Page View

Washburn, F. E. (ed.) / The Wisconsin engineer
Vol. 5, No. 2 (May 1901)

Randolph, Isham, et al.
Memories of Prof. Whitney,   pp. 127-145


Page 127


Me11m o1es of Priof. 117' its ey.
           MEMORIES OF PROF. WVHITNEY.
  GENTLEMEN: I stand before you today in a dual capacity;
first, delegated to speak for a strong organization, and second,
from my own heart to utter its expression of love for one who
was my friend in life and of sorrow that so gracious a friend-
ship should have been taken away from me.
  You of the faculty of this great seat of learning- have found
Nelson Oliver Whitney "a true yoke-fellow" through the
years
in which together you have been imparting learning garnered
from the ages to young men who, from your own and sister
states, have sat as disciples at your feet, not to be fed with
crumbs from your abundant knowledge but to have their earnest
hungering after the truths of science satisfied to the full. You
have given generously from your store, each of that in which
his gifts have been greatest, and he whose name trembles on
our lips was generous of his time and talents in this high service
to the young men who shall tread after you in beaten paths;
unless perchance some brilliant thinker among them discovers a
new way, untrod before, which shall lead to loftier heights of
knowledge than those from which vou look so calmly down to-
(day.
  You of the alumni will not soon forget the patient, earnest
teacher whose expositions made clear to you facts, processes and
deductions, which the cold, soulless type of your text books
presented as if through a darkened glass to your mental vision.
He was not alone your instructor, satisfied when he had deliv-
ered himself of those instructions which it was his duty to im-
part, but he was your friend and your future was to him a source
of earnest solicitude. His wish was to aid by helpful word and
deed, to further your material good by bringing you to the no-
tice of those agencies by which your intelligent service could be
'enlisted for their advancement and your reward. As a father
watches the course of his child when he leaves the parental roof,
ready to interpose ever by counsel, by material aid, by moral
influence for the furtherance of that child's best interest, so your
loved mentor watched your course, sorrowing for your failures,
and rejoicing when you honored yourself and your alma mater,
127


Go up to Top of Page