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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 139

Mlemories of Prof. IVlIVtIey.                 1
not only attractive, but a great advantage to young men in that
most important particular of character building.
   With regard to the organic weakness which broke down his
 health in latter years, and from which he finally died, I am not
 familiar. But I remember that as a boy his heart was always
 peculiar in this respect of having a very slowl pulse, beating nor-
 mally at somewhere between 55 and 6o pulsations per minute.
 As a young man he used to laugh at it, and say that his heart was
 slow and steady, and would outlast two of the quick sort; but
 I suppose there must have been some weakness from childhood.
   I have lost my oldest and my dearest friend, whose place no
 later friendship can ever take. -Never! Forever!
                                       FREDERICK H. LEwis.
   I am very glad to have an opportunity to express in some
measure my regard for Prof. WVhitney, both as a teacher and as
a man. Few professors are so uniformly w ell liked by their stu-
dents as he was. I think I can truly say that I have never heard
a word of real dislike for "WVhit." To those who know how
freely students express to each other their opinions of instruc-
tors, this fact speaks volumes for the fairness of the man toward
all with whom he had to do. WNith many of us, however, the feel-
ing was more than passive friendliness and respect. We felt that
he took an interest in each one of us, not as a student merely, but
as a personal friend and we would have been ungrateful if we had
not repaid in kind.
  That which attracted us first and which we always admired in
him was his quiet, unassuming character. There was nothing of
the pedant about him. With him we never felt that indefinable
something which seems to surround the conventional professor;
that overpowering sense of contact w ith superior knowledge. He
was always approachable and came to be regarded by many stu-
dents toward the close of their course rather as an experienced fel-
low engineer giving friendly pointers to a novice in the profession
than as a man whose work was to turn out an annual consignment
of young men who would measure up to a certain standard of
technical knowledge.
  Essentially a man of work rather than of theories, a man who

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