John U. Monro
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: Louisiana State University Press
Series: Southern Biography Series
Title Page, Copyright
John Monro had a way of changing people’s lives, and I am no exception. Reading his obituary in the Boston Globe triggered my decision to take early retirement, and writing his biography has provided me with a decade of inspiration, surprises, frustrations, and stimulation
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Dateline New York City, 9 March 1967. Reporters from across the country are gathered at the New York Hilton. Facing them are two men, one black and one white. Both are tall, imposing, middle-aged figures....
1. Family Background and Childhood, 1912–1930
The Monro family name has been linked with challenge, adventure, and the dramatic contours of the Scottish landscape since 1891. That year Sir Hugh T. Munro finished identifying and charting...
2. Undergraduate Years, 1930–1934
Monro began undergraduate life in Smith Hall, where he shared a top-floor dormer suite with Arthur T. Hamlin and George W. “Cat” Caturani (Hamlin 1). Fortunately for posterity, Hamlin...
3. Interim Years and War Years, 1935–1945
After commencement Monro was in limbo. Dottie had graduated and was hoping to open a school with a friend in September, and his buddies from the Journal had gone home or had begun working...
4. Administrator Monro, 1946–1958
Monro spent the first few months of civilian life in South Freeport with Dottie and the girls, repainting the cottage, stoking the woodburning stove for heat, and working sporadically on what he jokingly...
5. Dean Monro, 1958–1962
If you are looking for a clear description of Monro’s duties as dean, you will not find it in the official Records of the Dean of Harvard College, even though they stretch back to 1889. Instead, you will get a motley list of roles the dean is expected to fill: “teacher, friend, counselor...
6. Moving toward Miles, 1962–1964
Returning from Cranbrook, Monro wasted little time mourning the absence of the Peace Corps training program at Harvard; instead, he flew to Miami and attended a weeklong conference of the American Teachers...
7. Final Years as Dean, 1964–1967
Monro returned to New England when the summer workshop ended, but as the 1964–65 school year began at Harvard, the matters that demanded his attention paled in comparison to the issues taking...
8. New Home, New Challenges, 1967–1971
Monro was so eager to begin his new job that he begged Phil to drive him to Logan Airport the moment commencement festivities were over. In the car Dreyer listened patiently while Monro, preaching to the choir, insisted once again that going to Miles was an enviable opportunity rather than...
9. Going It Alone, 1971–1978
The summer of Pitts’s departure, Monro went to Evanston to help Phil, Janet, and the children move to Atlanta, where Phil had accepted a position as assistant professor of psychology and educational studies...
10. This Looks like the Place, 1978–1984
As Monro became more uncomfortable at Miles, he was drawn to Tougaloo for a multitude of reasons. The first was its leadership role in the civil rights movement, which can be understood only in the context...
11. Weathering Changes, 1984–1995
On 1 June 1984 J. Herman Blake became president of Tougaloo, stepping down as provost of Oakes College to do so. It is easy to see why the search committee found him attractive. He was a scholar in his own right...
12. Final Postings, 1995–2002
Sutton’s death heightened Monro’s awareness of his own declining powers, although he had suspected for some time that his memory lapses were due to Alzheimer’s. In fact, the disease may have been...
Like his father and brothers before him, Monro was cremated, but figuratively speaking, his remains are widely dispersed. Every year, as college application deadlines loom, countless high school seniors...