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Milton Handler taught his first class at Columbia four years before I was born. Because of my parents' tardiness, he was beginning his twenty-sixth year on the Faculty by the time I was old enough to register for his course in Trade Regulation in the fall of 1953. I have been an admirer of Milton Handler ever since.

It has been my good fortune to know him in many ways. As a teacher, he was truly extraordinary – a penetrating analyst, a builder of grand syntheses, a master of the Socratic method. Though his courses were usually electives, most of our living alumni chose to study with him. I reveal my own prejudice when I say that perhaps it is here that Milton has made his most enduring contribution. There is a sense in which a great teacher's gift lasts to infinity. What he transmits is in turn transmitted by the next generation and so on for all time.



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