That was the fall of ’58. One evening we met was the night after the Deke house had burned down and he made some initial comments about it in terms of the fact that here we were in the warmth across the street and think about the vast majority of people in the world who have got to face the sort of cold and discomfort and so forth that the people in the Deke house had faced.

One of the reasons he liked the Nocturnal Council, he used to profess a certain amount of contempt for what he called “the class that ends with a bell.” Real education meant you kept pursing the question and you kept pursing the truth however long it took you.

Steve Lewis '60,
Former Economics Professor and Provost