one-sided it falls off my bookshelf."
While enjoying George McElroy's reminiscences
about his youthful encounter with the Great Bookies ("Great
Men of the Great Books," August/02), I was startled to see Richard McKeon's
confrere, Ronald Crane, identified as the holder of two U of C degrees granted
in the 1940s. While Ronald F. ("Bro") Crane did indeed earn an A.B.
and an A.M. before and after his combat service in World War II, it was his father,
Ronald S. Crane, who taught Mr. McElroy and who, as chairman of the English department,
took the lead in reshaping its requirements to develop students' analytic and
critical competence. Was your copy editor tricked by a computer program that matches
names with degrees?
Incidentally, R. S.
Crane also taught Justice John Paul Stevens, featured in the same issue.
Goldberg, AB'47, AM'48, PhD'61
Setauket, New York