The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, July 1945 - April, 1946 Page: 30
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
The life of Lester Gladstone Bugbee was pre-eminently one of useful-
ness. As teacher, as investigator, as a man of administrative capacity,
he showed both will and power to serve his state, to elucidate her history,
to uplift her youth. As a student and investigator he had given unusual
promise. In him industry, a judicial mind, accurate habits of thought,
combined with a style simple, clear, direct, to produce work that has won
appreciation and cordial approval within and without the state. . . . But
it was as a teacher that he most excelled. Enthusiastic, clear in exposi-
tion, patient in explanation, knowing just how much to try to impart,
he won golden opinions from his students. . ... He was first of all practical
in his teaching, but in being practical he did not fail to be also inspiring.
No one loved the University more heartily than he, no one ever served
it with more sincerity and singleness of purpose.
A friend to whom I submitted this sketch of Bugbee suggested
that I add, as she phrased it, "a word of his charm - magnetism
if you judge it that --particularly in association with older
people. I saw him generally with Governor Lubbock, Colonel
Bryan, Dr. Garrison, or Colonel Prather, and they felt, as did I,
a definite charm in his social make-up, as evidenced in their
manner toward him." This writer has touched a distinctive
quality of Bugbee's personality, but one that is not easy to
define or explain. As I try to analyse it, it seems to me that
one received from him an impression of thoughtful maturity,
a feeling that "here is a man utterly free of pretense, whose
judgment and character can be trusted." His intelligence and
his learning, combined with his broad interest in people, made
him at home in any company. He met people naturally, without
the diffidence of self-consciousness or the self-assertiveness of
superiority. He had the gift of friendship and attracted friends
without effort. I have called attention to the way that students
flocked around his desk after a recitation. In the same way
colleagues and associates gathered in his office and overflowed
into the adjacent classroom in the old Main Building, sometimes
working, sometimes talking and killing his time. In one of his
letters he remarks: "Intended to move this afternoon, but
Barker and Pessels came in and we spent till 6 o'clock talking;
then I played tennis." Another afternoon, more profitable let
us hope: "There is a crowd in the room, Wagner is working at
a table on my left, Pessels is reading a manuscript novel which
has been submitted to my critical judgment, and Barker is
clicking away on the typewriter behind me." Another extract
records a more varied experience:
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