Lawrence H. Chamberlain

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Lawrence H. Chamberlain

Lawrence H. Chamberlain was Dean of Columbia College through most of the 1950s. On the official announcement of his retirement as Dean, the Spectator saluted him as the "philosopher king" of Columbia College.[1]

He was reluctant to take on the role of Dean, and happy to return to his quiet life of teaching "public law and government". He was also reportedly "firm in the face of McCarthyism," as opposed to University President Grayson Kirk, who was a fan of ferreting out suspected Columbia communists. He also toyed with what he called "half-baked" ideas like a vaguely-defined Columbia College "Citizenship Training Center" (which sounds like it may have involved a community service requirement) and interdepartmental majors.[2][3]

Preceded by
Harry J. Carman
Dean of Columbia College 
Succeeded by
John Gorham Palfrey