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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 137

7lfeliories of Pi-of. 11'711itily.
protest was overruled by those higher in authority, they being
fully satisfied as soon as the borings reached rock, thinking it a
useless expense to bore into the rock to any depth. As it turned
out, the rock was but a thin, weak stratum, practically floating
on the soft underlying mud and wholly unsuited to bear a heavy
   By the aid of this illustration Professor Whitney impressed
 very forcibly upon our minds the great importance of spending
 sufficient time and money in preliminary examination of all the
 conditions affecting a proposed important piece of work.
   Professor Whitnev was not limited by his own experience, as
many men are; he was progressive, not bigoted; he did not as-
sume that his experience and knowledge covered the whole field
in his specialty, and therefore he continued to broaden and to
exert a broadening influence on the students.
   But Professor Whitney was not only a good professor; he was
a good man in every way and a sincere friend of the students.
Always ready to help them, he took an interest in each one in-
dividuallv, and was ever willing and glad to advise or answer
questions. Students were welcome at his house where they were
well entertained and made to feel entirely at home.
  Probably all of the '94 engineers well remember the parting
lecture he gave us shortly before commencement. This was in
the nature of a friendly talk about the prospects ahead of us and
contained much sound advice concerning the mode of conduct-
ing ourselves in practical work, the proper relations, discipline,
etc., governing the intercourse between employees of different
rank working for a common employer and many other useful
  He did not lose interest in the boys after their graduation, but
was always glad to see or hear from them and learn of their
progress after leaving U. XV.
  In brief, Professor Whitney was at once a teacher, a guide, and
a true friend to his students, deserving and receiving the love
and esteem of all who were worthy a like return from him.
                                          H. P. BOARDMAN.
  Nelson Oliver Whitney and the writer were friends and com-
rades ever since we were small boys in West Philadelphia. I

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