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Houstonian 1954
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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1954 - In Memoriam. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 22, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/4676/show/4323.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1954 - In Memoriam. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/4676/show/4323

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Title Houstonian 1954
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  • Students of the University of Houston
Caption The Houstonian is the official yearbook of the University of Houston.
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Title In Memoriam
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  • Students of the University of Houston
Caption The Houstonian is the official yearbook of the University of Houston.
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  • University of Houston
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Transcript IN MEMORIAM Most colleges remember their founders' faces by old, old portraits hanging in some forgotten place. The founder's life is history in some book. Until June 18, 1954, University faculty members, alumni, and students could remember their school's founder as a friend. For over a year, they had listened for the news of a rally from a long sickness. The news never came. On the 18th, at 74, Dr. Edison E. Oberholtzer, who had helped found the University, later serving as its first president, was dead. The University mourned officially for its past president, a man of academic greatness. Those who knew him better, mourned more deeply and out of more than respect. For if any man can be called the father of the University, he is Dr. Oberholtzer. In 1927, as superintendent of Houston's public schools, he had a problem. The answer to that problem, a petition by a group of local high school graduates, was Houston Junior College, forerunner to the University. In 1934, the depression made money a dictionary word, but rapid growth under Dr. Oberholtzer's sound guidance had given Houston Junior College the determination to expand into the present University. When he left the Houston Public Schools in 1945 to become first full-time president of the University, 4,000 students heard the news and wondered at their school's quick progress. In 1950 Dr. Oberholtzer retired as University President, ending a teaching career he began at 17. To degrees from the University of Chicago and Columbia he added the honor the school gave him as President Emeritus. Several years of ill health followed, his strength gradually ebbing. When the end came, newspapers, as is their custom, hunted a proper obituary tribute. "Eminent Educator," was the choice. Very fitting, it nevertheless seemed in some way lacking warmth. "A Friend," was the University's final but unforgetting good- by.