Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Seventy Years



THE surge of rehabilitation throughout the country after the war had a minor counterpart at the Institute. Former teachers were released from war duties, and the staff was expanded to provide instruction for a student body that had increased from about 400 to 560 men. Courses were realigned in the traditional pattern with only minor changes. Student activities were restored to full swing. By the time the college year 1919-20 was well begun most traces of war scars had been obliterated, yet there hung over the college the threat of serious financial strain if within three years it failed to replace the $50,000 State grant by an addition to its endowment of at least $1,000,000.

Among returning professors none was more welcome than Arthur D. Butterfield, now a lieutenant colonel and wearing the decoration of Chevalier, Legion d'Honneur. His war service had been notable, and he returned with the same energy and enthusiasm that he had displayed in France. In order to make the best use of this ability, the Trustees relieved him of part of his teaching load and made him assistant to President Hollis. Professor Daniels, who had been on leave in the Chemical Warfare Service, resigned at the end of the leave period. Professor Carpenter remained in France until the following spring.


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