The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 80, July 1976 - April, 1977 Page: 96
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dent. He originated a twenty-four-hour counseling service, a special ad-
missions program for highly motivated students who failed the required
entrance tests, and an honors program to enrich the educational experience
of talented students. He pushed through the construction and program of
the Undergraduate Library and Academic Center, completed in 1963,
which so inspired students with its opportunities for independent learning
that it became known as "Harry's Place."
Ransom served on numerous educational and research organizations, in-
cluding the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and
national commissions on libraries, White House fellows, patents, and
Supreme Court history. The Air Force awarded him the Legion of Merit
for his work in editorial intelligence during World War II.
In many respects Ransom was an unusual man. He served through the
controversial period of the Ig6os without ever having any of the student
dissidence rub off on him, but most of all he pursued a constant, singular
quest for excellence that advanced the whole cause of higher education in
Texas. He had an abiding appreciation for history, particularly that his-
tory which illumines the region in which a man works. He was also marvel-
ously persuasive, and in his quiet way brought many a foundation and
private grant to higher education and perhaps alerted the people of this
state to the possibilities of intellect to a greater degree than it had ever
known before. He argued effectively that nothing is as permanent as the
influence of a good mind, so that a university which had been famed mainly
for its physical plant and athletics began to obtain a faculty to match its
buildings under his leadership. He encouraged dreams, he spurred action,
and he believed that attainment of goals was possible so long as a person
And he did all of this without ever once being testy or short with sub-
ordinates, without ever once being less than the perfect gentleman.
JOE B. FRANTZ
"Cathedral of Durango" by Paul Horgan. Courtesy of Mr. Horgan and of
The Paul Horgan Collection, Collection of American Literature, The Beinecke
Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
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