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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 136


136               The lIisconsin Engineer.
   To the engineer an exemplification of the highest honor and
 integrity, to the teacher an example of efficiency founded on sym-
 pathy, and to the student an inspiration for the faithful perform-
 ance of duty, it may be said in the fullness of its meaning: He
 has lived well, and the world is better for his living.
                                   FREDERICK E. TURNIEAURM.
   It is wvith a feeling of deep sorrow and loss that I accept the
task and at the same time great privilege of testifying to the
sterling worth of Professor Whitney.
   I first met him in Chicago during the summer previous to his
change from the practice to the teaching of Railway Engineer-
ing. At that time he spoke with some diffidence of the change
he was about to make, expressing doubts as to his fitness for the
new work before him. I was absent from the University during
Professor NVhitnley's first year, but after my return had him for
professor and class officer the next two, my junior and senior
years, and any doubts I could possibly have held as to his quali-
fications for his position were dispelled at the start never to
return. His wide experience eminently fitted him for instructing
in the subjects assigned to his chair.
  Since being asked to pay tribute tot our beloved professor I
hunted up my book of notes taken in one of his classes, and in
looking it over was astonished at the ground covered and the
number of important points discussed. I realize now more than
when in his classes, with what good judgment he selected the
fundamentals, not spending too much time on details which could
better be learned in practical work.
  I wish to give one illustration from his instruction for which
I am not indebted to classroom notes. A long stone arch bridge
was completed and had been in use for some time, apparently
a fine structure, when it suddenly failed without warning, sev-
eral arches being completely wrecked. The cause was found to
have been a stratum of soft clay underlying the rock upon which
the arch piers had been founded.
  The engineer who built the structure was on record as urgent-
ly requesting that he be permitted to spend more money in ex-
ploring the material upon which the bridge was founded, but his


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