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022_Norton Letter to Keyes


022_Norton Letter to Keyes


This is a letter from Mrs. W.H. Norton to Dr. Keyes, thanking him for his tribute on the life and work of her deceased husband in the Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Sciences.


Norton, Mrs. W.H.




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May 23, 1945 My Dear Dr. Keyes: Thank you so much for the beautiful tribute to Mr. Norton's life and work which you prepared for the Iowa Academy of Sciences. It is a masterpiece, clear, concise and entirely adequate. Your appreciation of Mr. Norton's class-room work and the intimate picture of our home filled with listeners to music records brought an overwhelm of nostalgia for the good old days. I think I will send the copy you gave me to Dr. Fryxell who I think now must be engaged in writing the memorial for the Proceedings of the Geological Society. I would like to get five copies of this year's Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science. If you order them for me I will remit the cost to the publisher on receipt of the Proceedings. In regard to the history of Cornell which we have been discussing I am clear on two points. First--that it should be written this year, if ever. Second--that you are the one I should choose to write it.
As to the first point; the college has now won its struggle for existence and is now rated as one of the leading colleges of Iowa and seems to be well equipped to hold this lead. Her growth in the years to follow will probably be steady and uneventful. As to the second point; your proven ability to write clearly and interestingly, your intimate knowledge of the difficult problems which confronted the Faculty and Trustees of the college in the early years of this century, as well as your intimate acquaintance with the Faculty with whom you cooperated in the solution of those problems, also the high regard in which you are held by all the alumni--all of these considerations convince me that you are better equipped for writing the history of Cornell than anyone I know, and I hope the alumni will give you a call to this task.
Very gratefully and cordially yours Mrs. W.H. Norton