Robert B. House, class of 1916 (1945-57)

“You may go if you like, but I have enlisted for life. And if everybody else departs in this depression, I expect to come up to old South Building every morning, ring the college bell, knock the ashes out of my pipe and lecture to the birds, the squirrels and the trees on the state of the universe and the university.”

The Birth of the Chancellorship
Robert Burton House (class of 1916) had enough common sense to run the University on that alone. But he did not rely solely on that common sense in charting a course that was to make him one of the most successful and best-loved leaders in the history of the institution.