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This distinguished visage is that most commonly associated with David
Switzer, "Father of Weatherford College."
Switzer passed away in Dallas on August
19, 1929, and was buried in the family plot in
City Greenwood Cemetery in Weatherford.74
The following spring, on April 21, 1930, more
than 200 of his former students gathered in
Weatherford to pay homage to the educator
who inspired and guided them in their formative
years. The group included alumni from
Round Rock, Comanche, Granbury,
Weatherford, and Itasca, an assemblage of educators,
attorneys, judges, merchants, bankers,
and politicians. John Lomax estimated that
10,000 students had been taught by Switzer
during his forty-two year career in education
in Texas.75 Among them were Harry Y.
Benedict, President of the University of Texas
(1927-1937), Congressman Fritz Lanham of
Fort Worth, Dallas attorney and later New
York Congressman Martin W Littleton, Dean
Charles S. Potts of Southern Methodist
University, and Federal Judge James C. Wilson
of Fort Worth.76 Memories about Switzer and
the inspiration he provided were shared during
the homecoming. Favorite recollections
included the way Switzer broke in a new suit
of clothes-wearing one piece at a time with
his old clothes-and his recitation of the
Sermon on the Mount when he forgot his
own lay sermon.77
David Switzer has been profiled as a classic
example of a private schoolman in Texas
during the late nineteenth century.78 He was
an educational entrepreneur whose dominant
character forged his schools. He was a man of
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