Southern Highlander, 1959 June, Volume 46, Issue 4

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Families at Berry for Commencement
1 iNssuLs message from the president


C ERVING The Berry Schools as pres^ident since September, 1956, has been a deeply significant experience to me; and the year of 1958-59 has been gratifying in many ways. It was a year of study and development and a year filled with meaningful associa tions with persons interested in Berry's well-being and further progress. It is always a privilege to work closely with our alumni, with other friends and supporters of Berry's program, with members of the Board of Trustees, with staff members and with our stu dents.
The 1958-59 year was another one of accomplishment for The Berry Schools. It was a year in which we endeavored to face clearly and honestly two issues


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of concern to all private educational institutions: (1) how best to maintain the many fine qualities already present and to develop further the schools' educational program and (2) how best to meet the necessary costs of our program and to combat successfully the effects of inflation on its present and future. The two considerations are inextricably linked and are of ut most importance.
The year was also one in which we decided to have a "check-up" for the purpose of determining the current state of our educational health. Berry, as a quality institution, needs to grow continually in order to remain worthy
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The Southern Highlander Issue

JUNE 1959


The Berry Schools were founded in 1902 by Miss Martha Berry.



William McChesney Martin, Jr. chairman
John A. Sibley vice chairman


a special report on the Berry

year by the president of the


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Dr. Harmon Caldwell; Mrs. Virginia Campbell Courts; J. Battle Hall; Mrs. Inez Henry; Nelson Macy, Jr.; E. W. Moise; G. Lamar Westcott; and R. W. Woodruff.

IN RETROSPECT . . . the comptroller emeritus recollects some events of the past 49 years
A NEW LIFE . . .

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The Berry Schools Bulletin

in the continuing series, an alumnus--this time,

is published six times yearly--once in March, twice in April, once in June, once in September and once in December--

a college president--looks

at The Berry Schools

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by The Berry Schools, Inc., Mount Berry, Georgia. Second-class mail privileges authorized at Mount Berry, Georgia, under the Act of August 24, 1912, as

GOLDEN MEMORIES and GOLDEN OPPORTUNITIES . . . class reunion memories


and new opportunities are

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the president inside back cover

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Families and friends of graduating seniors,

alumni, guests, trustees and staff members

gathered for the spring commencement

of Berry College and Mount Berry School

for Boys and more than filled Mount

Berry Chapel, which seats 1,500 persons.

Printed by students at The Berry Schools Press

In the comparatively short life of The Berry Schools, remarkable events and progress are evident . . .
with Comptroller Emeritus E. H. Hoge

TPT HEN I arrived at The Berry " Schools on August 1, 1910, there
was not a brick or stone building on the place and there was not a car or truck.
Miss Berry went to New York that fall to raise funds for operating ex penses and had me stay at Oak Hill with her mother and Aunt Martha. I walked from there to Brewster Hall every morning for breakfast and work ed the remainder of the day. Miss Berry also left me in charge of her horse, Black Beauty, who was quite a spirited animal.
The Girls School had been started in the fall of 1909 and had an attend ance of 28 girls in the fall of 1910 and a principal and one or two teachers. There was no running water at the location and water was procured from a well in the center of the campus. This well is still on the Old Log Cam pus but is now not used for drinking purposes. Later, Mr. Henry Littlejohn and I bought and laid a mile of sixinch pipe from the old water tank at the Boys School up to the Girls School. Now the schools have their own water supply which comes from nearby Lavendar Mountain by gravity. Back in those early days such progress would have sounded most unlikely, but Miss Berry was never satisfied, and conse quently she kept going forward in every possible way.
I also vividly recall that the boys had to get the girls' trunks from the railroad depot and haul them to Berry

by mule wagons. Sometimes I had to assist the boys with the loading and unloading.
During the summer of 1915 the Col lege Chapel and Recitation Hall were started. Prior to that time the most expensive building had cost approxi mately $10,000 when it was first erect ed. The faith and determination with which Miss Berry pursued her build ing program was always amazing. The physical plant today stands as a testi mony to her success.
Many of my keenest recollections are in connection with the Henry Fords. Miss Berry always liked to have me on hand when he was visiting to answer questions that involved the business and finances of the schools.
Miss Berry had Mr. and Mrs. Ford to dinner in Atlanta Hall, the log din ing hall at the Girls School, and this meal became a memorable one in the history of Berry. It was at this time that Mrs. Ford was so very much pleased with the cleanliness and sim plicity of the place and occasion that she immediately wanted to give the girls a new dining hall.
Mr. Ford agreed, but he felt that a dormitory should come first. So Clara Hall was built and then the Ford Re fectory. After that the other Ford buildings were added--all located in the field where my wife and I had raised turkeys when we were first married and where Miss Berry had assured us there would be a wonder ful school for girls some day.

This is the man whom schools founder
Miss Martha Berry praised for his ability
"to spend both sides of the dollar."

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Mr. Ford was fond of walking. One afternoon when he was at Oak Hill he suggested that we walk to the guest house at the Girls School.
Several of the other men got in one party, but I walked with Mr. Ford. He noted that we were in the process of building the gymnasium, classroom buildings and auditorium at the Girls School. He discussed these and also wanted to know how we were getting along financially in other respects. I told him that the new buildings were increasing our insurance considerably and gave him the figures on this. He replied, "That is too much. You can cancel your insurance and we will pay for any fire losses you may have in the future." This was quite a savings for the schools as he allowed us to cancel the insurance on all the schools' property.
Another time Mr. Ford suggested that he, one of the students and I run a foot race. The student came in first, Mr. Ford next, and I was last.
Later, Mr. Ford was boarding his private railroad-car which was on the siding by Victory Lake. "What are

you saying good-by for?" he asked. "Aren't you going to ride into Rome with us? If you can't get a ride back, you can walk." I always enjoyed sit ting and talking with him privately, so of course I went on into Rome, a distance of about four miles. "These are the greatest schools I have seen and Martha Berry the greatest teacher I have ever known," he said on one occasion.
Mr. and Mrs. Ford paid one visit of nearly a week. They brought their orchestra and taught the students and faculty how to do the old-fashioned dances. It fell my lot to be Mrs. Ford's partner several times. She taught me the "varsouvienne" and one or two other dances. Mr. Ford enjoyed danc ing with the girls and Mrs. Ford with the boys.
Memories of hours with them are most pleasant. Miss Berry was usually happy when they were on the campus and that feeling spread to all of us, for the Fords were believers in her and the schools and progress. The combi nation of the three proved highly sig nificant.

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Agricultural demonstrations at the schools show the latest techniques with

new types of farm machinery. The schools agriculture officials discuss the

new products and hay-making with the machinery distributors, in the left

foreground, during a lull in the demonstration.

Message from the President continued


of peoples' highest regard. An educa tional survey was approved by the Board of Trustees, and an educational advisory committee was appointed.
The committee was composed of an eminent group of educators interested in Berry and in all that the schools have meant and can mean. These men visited the campus several times, held necessary conferences and fact-finding surveys, amassed relevant data and analyzed the results of their studies thoughtfully and carefully. Then they made recommendations to us for im provements which they felt would make for greater effectiveness in our procedures. Our visitors throughout their study kept in mind those princi ples which are Berry's foundation, and they studiously sought to implement those principles with their suggestions.
We were pleased that the men of the committee recognized, as do we, Berry's accomplishments and stature. We were also pleased that they saw in Berry a tremendous potential for the future.
The Berry Schools also benefited this year from conferences with other consultants. They made recommenda tions on the basis of their full mea sure of experience, study and under standing.

Meanwhile, we continued the strengthening of our academic pro gram. All courses offered in both Berry College and Mount Berry School for Boys were examined for content and purpose. Berry College courses leading to a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree, preprofessional sequences and other courses necessary for the academic whole were examined for usefulness and timeliness. A close examination as to the present ade quacy of the program for the academic and the general diploma at the high school was also made.
The college's Academic Council, made up of department heads with the academic dean as chairman, work ed to keep a wise balance in our over all program, emphasizing the trium virate of religion, learning and work, and endeavored to look ahead to growth in these three areas.
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In the fall we observed our inspiring Mountain Day ceremonies where more than 800 students participated in the "grand march" down the gently slop ing hillside to add their contributions to the Martha Berry Endowment Fund. This traditional, annual celebration, begun in the schools' early years, con tinues to be observed each year by alumni, students, staff and friends of Berry.
Regular extracurricular activities in the student community included YMCA and YWCA meetings, literary clubs, student government conferences, religious club meetings, publication of the student yearbook and news paper, etc. These activities are en couraged because they, too, are de signed to help students grow and to develop individual interests through study and experience.
Students heard outstanding speakers who came to the campus for special assemblies this year. They witnessed the performances of accomplished artists who came for our celebrated artists series.
The third annual Parents' Day en abled families to visit the campus to become better informed in our ways of serving young men and women.
Within and as one broad basis of our total program, we have re-emphasized the continuation of a religious program devoted to lasting spiritual values which we seek to awaken in all who take part in our campus life. All students attend interdenomina tional church services conducted each week by our own chaplain in our chapels.
There are many opportunities for earnest young people to grow in mind and spirit and to become leaders in student religious life. Vespers, Re ligious Emphasis Week services and sermons by guest ministers are other means we have used to make our re ligious program spiritually challenging to the best within us.

Service groups of the region were invited on several occasions to meet on our campus. Various groups--for example, the American Cancer Society, the YMCA Board of Trustees, the Coosa Valley Planning and Develop ment Association, the Rome-Floyd County Chamber of Commerce in their annual meeting--used our fa cilities during the past year, and we are glad to offer services whenever possible for the betterment of our communities. We had our second an nual Spring Tour and Open House which has become, we feel, a success ful part of our community service. We consider it our privilege and responsi bility to help maintain and encourage fine relations between Berry and people of the surrounding region.
By personal contact, correspondence and printed materials, we have striven to keep all friends of Berry informed about our building program. The re sponse has been notable, and we are grateful.
You have no doubt already read of the construction progress of Dana Hall, the new dormitory for men on the Berry College campus. Mr. Charles A. Dana, New York industrialist and phil anthropist and a great friend of The
A class in algebra at Mount Berry School for Boys is an integral -part of the mathematics curriculum.

JUNE 1959


Students in the industrial shops at

Berry College are making the chests

and beds for rooms in Dana Hall, the

new men's dormitory which will be

opened in September. The furniture

is being constructed under supervision


of industrial arts personnel.

Berry Schools, offered us $200,000 toward the proposed dormitory if we could match the sum, and thus make the dormitory's construction feasible. Through interest and support of friends, we did match it, and construc tion is well under way. The dormitory, which will house 134 men, is scheduled for occupancy in September, 1959. We are watching with tremendous interest the daily growth of our newest build ing.
A new Gate of Opportunity has been built. The new gate blends har moniously with the beauty and good taste of our campus. Contributed by Mrs. John Bulow Campbell, a sister of the schools' founder, the new en trance will perpetuate the spirit and traditions of the Gate of Opportunity, the symbol of our desire always to assist the deserving student in ways that will be of the greatest help to him and his community.
As this report is being assembled, the activities associated with com mencement are just completed. Most undergraduates are already looking to the next academic year which begins in September. Many are planning to remain here throughout the summer to earn most of their tuition for the two succeeding semesters. We are proud of all of our students for their tenacity of purpose.
Though, in our work-experience pro gram, every student is required to work a part of each week during the

regular school year to help pay the cost of his or her education, Berry must invest each year--in addition to what each student is able to earn or pay--about $1,000 per student. Con sequently, we can recognize that ad mission to Berry is in reality the equivalent of a $1,000 annual scholar ship gained through the work-experi ence program as an integral part of the total program.
While the work-experience plan makes it possible for the advantages of an education at Berry to be extend ed to young men and women, irre spective of their financial circum stances, it also contributes vitally to their well-rounded education. Work rightly administered and carefully chosen for usefulness strengthens character, develops skills in community living, provides training in useful voca tions and avocations and aids in the growth of self-reliance and self-re spect.
In addition to what each student earns, the $1,000 investment in each student during an academic year comes from income from our industries, from endowment and from gifts. Informa tion about some of Berry's specific needs, or the details of how one may make a direct gift, or contribute by an annuity, life insurance or a bequest, will be gladly furnished you upon re quest. Your gifts aid materially in keeping the Gate of Opportunity open at The Berry Schools and will provide you a rare sense of satisfaction as a result of your active belief in The Berry Schools and in those principles on which they have grown and will continue to build.



Dr. Phillips


By Dr. J. Theodore Phillips

T WAS ONE of those hot August * days, in 1927, when I, as a high school sophomore, made one of the longest journeys of my life up to that time. The trip covered a distance of 68 miles from my home in Douglas County, Georgia, to The Berry Schools. The man who accompanied me was a graduate of Berry in the class of 1918.
Little did I realize that soon I was to take my place among the fortunate

boys and girls who had been chosen to become citizens of a new way of life. Yet six years later I was to emerge with a BS degree but with only a small percentage of the knowledge I thought I had before entering Berry. Without the opportunity afforded at Berry to learn as you earn, college doors would have never opened to me.
In return for what Berry will al ways mean to me, I dedicated the 12 years following my graduation to serv-

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When J. Theodore Phillips was graduated from Berry he was a citizen ready for service to others.

ing the people in the rural areas by teaching in their schools, serving as pastor of their churches and assisting them in improving their health con ditions.
It was the work assignments in the various departments at Berry that later enabled me to build three class room buildings with labor furnished by junior high school boys. It was my Berry training that led me to discover extreme health needs and raise $200,000 toward the erection of a two-county hospital. Then, after its completion, my experience allowed me to go on as chairman of a housing authority to provide better housing facilities for the people of four communities in two counties.
Every honor that has been bestowed upon me since college days reflects right back to the training received at Berry.
Because of projected plans that were still in the construction stage, I felt

it necessary to turn down offers from two colleges to lead them as their president. When the call came from Brewton-Parker College to leave the pastorate of one of Georgia's finest churches, and to invest the rest of my life in boys and girls, the challenge was one too sacred to deny. It was an opportunity, in some measure, to at tempt to repay a new generation for what a previous generation had done for me.
As the president of Brewton-Parker College, every day I am able to use some of the sublime lessons learned at Berry. Some of them came from the classroom, some from the work as signments, some from association with other Berry people, but all from ex periences gained at Berry.
When the day is ended, and in a quick moment of retrospect the day's activities are scanned, I always re member to thank God for opening the hearts of friends of Berry who made it possible for me to serve.

DR. PHILLIPS, president of Brew ton-Parker College in Georgia, be came an educator and minister after his graduation from Mount Berry School for Boys and Berry College. Active in civic, fraternal,

educational and religious affairs, he is a past president of the Berry Alumni Association. Mrs. Phillips is also a graduate of Berry Col lege. Dr. and Mrs. Phillips have two children.



Golden Memories and Golden Opportunities

Mrs. Inez Henry
Dear Berry Friends:
Commencement is just over. How you would have thrilled at the sight of the hundreds of Berry graduates here for Alumni Day! Many of them came from as far away as California, New York, Ohio, Washington, D. C., southern Florida and other distant places. Several hundred others came from shorter distances. They repre sented many professions and walks of life.
The Class of 1909 celebrated a Golden Anniversary with Berry. The Berry Alumni Association chose one member, Mr. A. J. Ammons, to honor with a special tribute, symbolizing the alumni's appreciation and congratula tions to the entire "Golden Class." It just so happens that he was a child hood teacher of mine. He first told me, back in a little rural community of South Georgia nearly forty years ago, the good news about a wonderful school called Berry in North Georgia. This man's entire career has been de voted to education; to serving children and youth of our rural areas. And, like Martha Berry herself, he chose to follow in the footsteps of the Man of Galilee who came, "Not to be minis tered unto, but to minister."
I wish you might have seen the graduates of all the years going en thusiastically about the campus to see the buildings they helped to build, the walks for which they laid the bricks

and stone, the roads they cut and the work departments in which they ser ved. It was inspiring to share the golden memories of Berry; it was in spiring to see the students of today rejoicing in their golden opportunities.
Finally, I wish you might have wit nessed the awarding of diplomas and degrees to nearly 150 young people in the Class of 1959. They, too, have joined the 16,000 Berry alumni who represent the human dividends from your generous investments here. We are grateful to you and we feel anew the great challenge to do our best to train others as you, our friends, make this opportunity possible.
We stretched our funds as far as they would go, but it still was not pos sible for us to keep all the students who applied for work this summer; however, through your generosity we have kept a large number who will earn their tuition for the next school year.
We thank you for making possible the golden memories of our group of yesteryear and for the services these men and women are rendering in our time of greatest need--which is now. We walk with you into the future through the lives of our young people of today, blessing you for making pos sible the unfolding of their golden dreams and opportunities through an education.
May God bless you.
Faithfully yours,
Assistant to the President

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