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Walter Gellhorn is irreplaceable. To be sure, in every generation there will be a few scholars who are his peer. In a strong teaching faculty like Columbia's, there will always be some who teach as well as he. The republic is occasionally blessed with public servants who give themselves with the sort of selfless devotion that Walter Gellhorn brings to every task. Each of us can count on a handful of good friends like him for moral support, good advice and uncritical love. But I know of no one who has served an institution so loyally and so effectively with so little personal gain as Walter Gellhorn has served Columbia.


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