Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, May 12, 1938, Page Six, Image 6

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    After 26 Years of Achievement—Dean Rebec Retires
JpOR the past ‘26 years the University catalog has
carried an item on the list of faculty members
—George Rebec, Ph.D. The titles which have fol
lowed that name are many and varied. The ser
vices rendered to the University by the owner of
t that name have been continuous throughout the
26 years.
: In June the services of Dean Rebec will be
officially closed due to the University retirement
rule. The possibility that the beloved professor
way continue—at least to a limited extent—his ser
vice to Oregon beyond the quarter century mark is
not remote, and 'fortunately these remarks may not
he a farewell, but a noting of valuable service.
# # *
y^EAN Rebec came to Oregon in 191*2 and settled
near Medford with intentions of becoming a
pear farmer, llis record at the University of Michi
gan had preceded him, however, and in the same
year, President Prince Lucies, Campbell persuaded
him to serve as professor of philosophy for the Uni
After six years on the faculty a larger respon
sibility for Dr. Rebec was provided in the Portland
extension division of the University. Taking
charge of it in 1918 he was instrumental in build
ing up this branch of the University, integrating
and constructing upon a basis which has made the
center one of the most important phrts of the
During the same period he served Reed college
in Portland for a short time, finally in 1920 adding
another responsibility to his growing list—that of
dean of the graduate school. Twelve years in .this
position followed with high standards the goal and
. *= *■ *
JNT 1933 with the consolidation of the graduate
schools of the state system, Dean Rebec received
the position of head of the entire graduate division.
For five years he has served in this post, capably
handling the intricate job of coordinating the work
of the graduate departments of Oregon, Oregon
State and the medical school in Portland.
Through this entire period Dean Rebec was
active in class work, teaching courses in philosophy
that have made him known to many undergrad
uates and alunnii of the University.
Considered as a whole, the record of the dean
is auspicious, and is in reality worthy of commen
dation even though he were not retiring at the
# #
Friday a group of colleagues, friends and
students will gather in Portland to honor the
dean. There will be speeches, reviews of Dr. Rebec’s
active service, comments upon his character and
ability. They will undoubtedly say much more than
we could attempt to say here. They will be able
to tell stories of unusual service—the type which
are not put down in catalogs. And they will re
member everything that we have forgotten.
However, we take this opportunity to ext ncl
a small offer of thanks in return for 26 years of
loyal work, and we feel certain that the entire
campus joins with us.
Thank you, Dean Rebec, for what you have
given to the University as a whole and to those
of us who have been fortunate enough to have
personal contacts with you. The first quarter cen
tury has been pleasant, and if you see fit to
continue in some manner, we will be grateful.
LLOYD TUPLING, Managing Editor
' Associate Editors: Paul Deutschmatm, Clare Igoe.
. JTditattal Board: Darrel Ellis, Bill Peace,'Margaret Ray, Edwin Robbins, A1 Die (chart, Kenneth Kirtley, Bernardine Bowman.
<31b*rt Hawkins. Sports Editor
fi'U Pengra, City Editor
■l-Siw Evans, Assistant Managing Editor
Martha Stewart. Women’s Editor
Don Kennedy, Radio Editor
Rita Wright, Society Editor
Alyee Roger#, Exchange Editor
Betty Jane Thotnpson, chwch editor
John Biggs, Chief Night Editor
The Oregon Daily Emerald, official student publication of the University of Oregon, published daily during the college year
eicert Sundays, Mondays, holidays and final examination periods. Entered as second-class mail matter at the poatffice, Eugene,
O Mgon.
Another Opportunity
'V’ESTERDAY’S forum sponsored by the
campus peace committee marked a step
forward in consideration of international
problems, but left wide room for improve
ment. Only a score of students turned out
for the discussions, but those who came talked
and listened on a variety of subjects for two
hours, and few felt their time had been
The discussions, considering informally
ouch topics as propaganda, raw material, sup
plies, and plans for peace, settled no ques
tions. Ideas were exchanged by students and
)> ofessoiN and to a certain extent positions of
those attending were clarified.
On the whole the forum showed a lack of
.student participation, with only two or three
•undergraduates relieving the professors of the
burden of discussion. The cause for this situ
ation is most probably to be found in the lack
of student experience with such meetings.
This resulted in a reticence to put forth ideas
v.ldch would be overcome, perhaps, if the
Jorums were held more often.
* *.> «<
y^l.li of these factors indicate a need for
further discussions of this type—to give
oh dents an opportunity to overcome the hesi
1 nicy and to further the exchange of ideas.
While apparent lack of interest on the
part of the student body in the event might
discourage those who sponsored it, they
should not retire in defeat. The two-day ses
sion was a breaking of the ground, and con
tinuation of informal swapping of ideas on
world problems still is worthy of considera
Today another attempt will be made.
Lieutenant-commander Stewart Bryant will
conduct a forum after his address in Ger
linger hall. Those who attended yesterday’s
session have been convinced that the navy
man will have more pertinent remarks to
# # #
^JOMMANDER Bryant’s remarks on the
Far Eastern situation and its relation
ships to the United States will undoubtedly
provoke considerable thought in the minds of
those who attend the regular address. And
as the author of the letter reproduced below
suggests, “a splendid opportunity” is pre
sented to those who desire “realistic, noil
emotional consideration of these problems.
The forum plan has been initiated by the
faculty upon the request of students. Only
active participation in it will assure its con
In the Mail
*1' > the Editor:
As one who helped to arrange
; the Strike Against War held
; on. this campus recently, I tee!
| these remarks are just. Con
1 oiderable opposition to that
f.trike was manifested in favor
of a more educational approach
, to the war problem in spite of
| t he fact that the committee in
charge made every effort to
4>Uy down the sensational and
•oake the strike an expression
of conviction and informative
»u«jfar as the speeches gdven
were concerned.
At present the Campus Peace
c >mmittee is sponsoring an ed
ucational survey of the four
problems most directly connect
ed with the war and peace
problem. This program is well
planned and under capable lead
ership: it should be right down
the alley of those pundits who
labeled the strike method as
“the 'bunk" in the Emerald poll
on that matter. And yet yes
terday's meeting of this edu
cational program on the war
problem drew but 20 students,
who. along with the half dozen
faculty members and Lieuten
ant-Commander Bryant, formed
one discussion group, not four
as were planned, and held forth.
This meeting lasted over two
hours: pertinent and construc
tive comment was freely ex
changed and there was a gen
eral expression of opinion that
it was of value. However, the
significant fact is not that such
a meeting was held but that
less than one per cent of the
students of this University will
support an intellectual ap
proach to this grave problem.
I desire to point out two fac
tors in this letter: First, that
possibly there is some value in
the strike method, even when
it is tamed down as this last
one was, if it can bring 150
students to face the war issue:
second, the general apathy and
indifference to this problem on
this campus.
Today Lieutenant-Command
Yesterday’s news that How
ward Hobson, popular baseball
basketball head man, would stay
at the University for at least
one more year was greeted with
relief by both students and fac
ulty, after the announcement
that he might quit his dual
coaching post at Oregon and
accept a position as director of
physical education at Portland.
Hobby’s departure would be a
distinct blew to the University,
and should be stalled off as long
as possible.
Stalling it off, however, is
probably as far as the Univer
sity can go, for no one expects
Hobby to stick around Eugene
permanently, while tempting of
fers from Stanford and eastern
schools are coming in annually.
It is only a question of time,
and if Hobson’s success con
tinues, his sense of loyalty to
Oregon will probably wear out,
unless it is reinforced by salary
increases. And unquestionably,
Hobby is worth a huge salary
boost. Just to keep him here,
along with his ability to in
crease gate receipts nearly 50
per cent, will mean a great deal
to the University.
j$i sjs sj:
Tribute will be paid Dr.
George Rebec, retiring head of
the philosophy department, at a
dinner Friday night at the Uni
versity club in Portland. Al
though the guest list will be re
stricted to friends, co-workers,
alumni, and a few students,
everyone on the campus who
knows him will be at the ban
quet in spirit to honor Dr. Re
bec. He is deeply respected by
all those who have had connec
tions with him, and especially
those who have had the good
fortune to take his courses.
The University suffers a great
loss with the retirement of this
distinguished philosopher and
dean of the graduate division,
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Approaching commencement
brings both feelings of relief
and regret to the graduating
seniors who leave the campus
for good this spring. Gradua
tion is a big step, an important
one, and should be accompanied
by all the traditional things that
make such events effective.
Tradition is a hard thing to
“streamline,” and without tra
dition, such events as gradua
tion lose most of their meaning.'
Somehow, graduation is the one
thing in college that should be
done much the same way now as
in the past, barring entirely out
moded parts of the ceremony.
Remodeling this year’s com
mencement, then, should be
done with care. Modern cere
monies are apt to be lacking in
just the qualities which make
graduation an always-to-be-re
membered occasion.
er Bryant will speak in assem
bly on this matter. He is a ca
pable, well-informed man who
has much to offer and appar
ently no axe to grind. For
those who desire a realistic,
non-emotional consideration of
the war and international rela
tions problem, here is a splen
did opportunity.
Mark Trumbo.
Oregon Men Take
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institution of learning, to play
bridge?”, said several of the fel
lows. We feel like asking them
when the rent will be due, every
time we see those same girls,”
they added.
The Student Workers federation
has been refused a meeting place
on the University of California
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