The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967 Page: 246
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
be called the "great compromiser." Whenever serious dissension
threatened the peace of the group, he attempted to conciliate
divergent views. This wide range of personalities lent color and
dignity to the "Old Department," and at the same time developed
a loyalty among the group against outside attack.
With the death of Marsh in 1940 and Ramsdell in 1942 the
"Old Department" realized that old age was descending. During
the latter part of the decade further signs were apparent. Barker
went on modified service in 1945; Duncalf became seriously ill
and had to release his classes in 1949; and Gutsch suffered a mild
heart attack. But the department had not been standing still.
After 1939 the curriculum expanded and a younger staff increased
accordingly in preparation for the day of transition. By 1951 most
of the senior members of the past decade were on hand: Oliver
H. Radkey, Barnes F. Lathrop, William R. Braisted, Robert C.
Cotner, H. Bailey Carroll, J. Harry Bennett, Joe B. Frantz, and
A. R. Lewis. In 1951 Eugene C. Barker retired, as did Duncalf,
Riker, and Gutsch. Hackett died in that same year.
The "Old Department" truly spanned an academic era.
When a full-scale history of the University of Texas is written,
the Department of History to 1951 will probably be found to
fit a general pattern of growth from a young, struggling institu-
tion to one that began to, achieve institutional maturity after
World War II. In that developing struggle the "Old Department"
played a major role. Those achievements of four decades present a
continuing challenge to the "New Department."
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