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assessing your work. But on the other side of the coin, he readily ex-
pressed praise, when merited, and would back your position to the hilt.
Perhaps my most satisfying experience with him occurred after the
onset of the Korean War. I was a reserve pilot and was recalled and, for
a few months, stationed at Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio. As
time allowed, I continued research on my dissertation. One of the men
I needed to interview was former congressman Maury Maverick. Un-
fortunately, I was not able to make contact with him. One day I re-
ceived a note from W. P. (as I privately referred to him), inviting me to
lunch at one of the premier restaurants in town, La Louisiane. When I
walked in, there sat Dr. Webb and Maury Maverick. For the next couple
of hours we talked about the New Deal. On my way back to the base, I
wondered how many professors would have done as much for their
Shortly thereafter I was transferred to Alabama, and, as a result,
most of our relationship was confined to correspondence. At times, be-
cause of the press of military duties, I became discouraged about ever
finishing. Webb always encouraged me to stick with the project.
There are other things that could be said of W. P. Webb, like the time
he invited me to lunch at the American Historical Association conven-
tion in New York and introduced me to several of the top men in the
profession. Or I could tell you about the respect other historians gave
him. Suffice it to say that it was obvious to me that this man was inter-
nationally known and respected. He was a credit to his state, the Uni-
versity, and his profession. But it is his impact on me that I remember
most. It all coalesced on one rainy, desolate night in Korea. It was the
day my degree was awarded in absentia. I could not help but reflect
that this man was in large part responsible, for without his encourage-
ment and his insistence on striving for excellence, I never would have
finished. It was a privilege to have known him.
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