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Explanation Given to Father of Cause of Absence of Young Man Not Being Noted in Class.
A fitting tribute to Frederick Barnard came to his father, W. D. W. Barnard, in a letter from William B. Day, dean of the University of Illinois School of Pharmacy, in Chicago. Frederick Barnard was found dead in his room in the Y. M. C. A. hotel in Chicago last week and he had been dead for some time when found. The letter explains why his absence from the school was not noted any sooner than it was. The letter to the father follows: February 7, 1921. Mr. W. D. W. Barnard, Alton, Illinois. My Dear Mr. Barnard, I cannot tell you how deeply I was shocked and grieved to learn of the death of your son, Frederick, and of the attendant unfortunate circumstances. I took a personal interest in Frederick. He was such a fine young fellow and has done so well in his schoolwork. He was very regular in his attendance here and only last Friday I talked with him and he seemed then well and happy. His grades were high and he certainly had no occasion for worry connected with his passing In his school work. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday were the closing days of our semester and we had only examinations and no regular classes on those days. The attendance of the students is not taken at examinations for we have their papers to show for their presence, did not know until Tuesday of Frederick's absence on Monday and then I made inquiry among the students but no one could tell me anything about Frederick. I knew he was employed for part of his time in Wilmette and supposed for some reason he must have gone home before the semester closed, All of the students had nearly a week's vacation from Wednesday last until tomorrow and often students do leave early. When Mr. Whidden called me up on Saturday and told me of Frederick's death I was indeed shocked. I extend to you my most sincere sympathy and that of the other members of our faculty. I know, too, that the members of the student body who appreciated what a fine fellow Frederick was, feel most deeply grieved in losing him. I hope that you will accept this expression of sympathy, and I remain,
Very truly yours,
WILLIAM B. DAY, Dean.
Source:Alton Evening Telegraph Feb. 9, 1921
Submitted by Janice Rice
In the Chicago Medical College, the chair of Hygiene has been made vacant by the resignation of Professor Thos. Bevan. Professor H. A. Johnson, having resigned the chair of Diseases of the Respiratory and Circulatory Organs, has been made a professor of Clinical Medicine. (Source: The Medical and Surgical Reporter, Philadelphia, Nov. 6, 1875. D.G. Brinton, M.D., Editor.)
In Rush College, the chair of Anatomy made vacant by the retirement of Professor R.L. Rae, has been filled by the election of Dr. Charles T. Parkes, the Demonstrator of Anatomy. (Source: The Medical and Surgical Reporter, Philadelphia, Nov. 6, 1875. D.G. Brinton, M.D., Editor.)