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Spring on the campus of the Mount Berry School
for Boys is a time for reflection and reading
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March 1963

Vol. 50 No. 1

The Berry Schools Bulletin is published six times yearly--once in March, twice in April, once in June, once in September and once in December--by The Berry Schools, Inc., Mount Berry, Georgia. Second-class postage paid at Mount Berry, Georgia. This pub lication was printed by the students at The Berry Schools Printing Services.

ABOUT THE COVFR Sophomore Jacki Terrill from Adairsville, Georgia, raises her voice in song as a member of the Berry College Concert Choir to herald in the Easter season.


Cover, inside front, inside back, back cover and pages 1 and 2 by Robert McCullough; page 5 by Clyde Collier; pages 7 and 8 by Bill Chisolm.

A Step Forward

Berry's three-fold program empha sizing education for service has been made possible since its inception through the generosity of friends like yourself throughout the United States. Berry's program has been very suc cessful during the past year, but we must merit increased financial support if Berry is to remain in the main stream of education.
The generous gift of a new adminis tration building and entrance to the campus provided by Grover M. Her mann, Chicago industrialist and phi lanthropist, marks the fulfillment of one of Martha Berry's dreams of many years ago and is a significant step to ward achieving long-established goals.
At the same time, a permanent in crease of funds totaling millions of dollars is essential to assure the con tinued development of Berry along lines of a quality program which, in the future as in the past, should con tinue to emphasize academic excel lence, worthwhile work experiences and religious values.
Specifically, the mission which needs to be accomplished with additional funds is to strengthen Berry in six broad areas:
1. Place particular emphasis upon its three - fold program of continued quality through an ever-stronger fac

ulty, student body and instructional facilities.
2. Underwrite financial aid for scholarships and loan funds to insure that no otherwise qualified student will be denied a Berry education be cause of lack of funds.
3. Improve salaries so that Berry can be competitive with other insti tutions in attracting and retaining a strong faculty.
4. Provide opportunities for an en rollment of 1,500 campus-housed col lege students and 300 campus-housed pi eparatory school students.
5. Construct two new classroom buildings and renovate certain existing ones to provide improved classroom, laboratory and office space.
6. Enhance campus life through renovation of existing residence halls and the addition of residence halls, a student health building, a student center and other improved facilities for extracurricular activities.
Berry was established 61 years ago to meet the educational needs of young people then being denied the oppor tunity for an education. Today it exists to offer its distinctive, three-fold pro gram to such young people as well as others who seek these unusual op portunities.

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Mount Berry School for Boys

Berry's dedication to the Christian tradition finds expression in the towering spires throughout the campus.

The Easter Faith and the Berry Tradition
by Harold W. McDaniel Chaplain, Berry College and Mount Berry School for Boys

Soon after you receive this issue of The Southern Highlander, we will be celebrating Easter, which is one of the most significant days of the year for Christianity. The unusual importance of Easter, of course, rests upon the fact that Easter is in remembrance of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Who for the Christian is Lord and Savior.
Christianity holds that the Resur rection of the Master was an act of God which showed His victory over sin and death. Neither the pride and selfishness of the religious leaders nor the fear and cruelty of the civil leaders of Jesus' time were able to dispose of Christ. Having been pain fully put to death on a cross between two criminals, Jesus was placed in the contributed tomb of a wealthy admirer, Joseph of Arimathea.
Then three days later and on the first Easter morning, the tomb and death were not able to hold their prey.
God rolled away the stone which lay against the entrance to the tomb, the crucified Christ arose from the dead, and He came forth to live for evermore.
Because Christ lives and was vic torious over sin and death, we also shall live and be victorious over sin and

death if our ultimate hope and trust is in Him. This is the glorious claim of Christianity, and it is the claim of the New Testament. It is the Easter faith. It is the faith of Berry College and the Mount Berry School for Boys.
Since our schools believe, teach and preach the Easter faith, Easter Sun day is a great day on our campuses. The day this year will begin with sun rise services in the beautiful Frost Memorial Chapel for the school for boys and on the lovely quadrangle at the Ford Buildings for college stu dents.
Since the day will be Parents Day, many parents of students will visit the campuses in time for the 11 o'clock worship services. Dr. R. C. Gresham, chaplain emeritus, will conduct the service in Mount Berry Chapel and the chaplain will conduct the service in Frost Memorial Chapel.
Students and their visiting parents will eat picnic lunches on the cam puses. The Easter observance will con clude with an evening vesper service in rustic Barnwell Chapel.
We are confident that Easter will be a wonderful spring day on our beau tiful campuses. We hope that Easter also will be a great day for you and bring new joy and hope.



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A Firm Believer in Education

Education today, in the opinion of Chicago industrialist and philanthro pist Grover M. Hermann, "is more than a student on one end of a log and Mark Hopkins on the other," despite the fact that the student-teacher relationship is still the core of the educational process.
The complexity of modern society and its inherent problems, Mr. Her mann feels, calls for "all the aids to teaching that we can muster."
A dramatic illustration of Mr. Her mann's views on supporting education was made public on December 8 with the announcement of his gift of $1 mil lion to be used for a new administra tion building for Berry College and the Mount Berry School for Boys.
Construction of Hermann Hall is scheduled to begin next month with occupancy of the three-story structure planned for early summer of next year.

As chairman of the board of the Martin Marietta Corporation, Mr. Her mann is at the helm of one of the top contributors to the security and eco nomic growth of the nation.
A consolidation of the AmericanMarietta Company established by Mr. Hermann in 1913 and The Martin Com pany, Martin Marietta in its develop ment of a wide range of products from paints and chemical coatings to the Titan and Pershing missiles is a cor poration very definitely geared to the future needs of the United States.
Mr. Hermann's gift of Hermann Hall, which will serve as the administrative center for both the college and the preparatory school, includes provisions for a new main entrance to the campus from the Martha Berry Highway and a connecting street to Hermann Hall.
In his remarks at the announcement assembly on the campus, Mr. Hermann


Occupancy of Hermann Hall, shown in architect's sketch, is expected by the summer of 1964.
Grover M. Hermann, right, goes over blueprints of Hermann Hall with (l to r) William McChesney Martin, Jr., chairman of The Berry Schools Board of Trustees; William R. Bowdoin, vice chairman, and President Bertrand.

paid tribute to Berry's dedication to the development of "faith in man and God, individual initiative, hard work, mental discipline and personal respon sibility.
"It is a particular pleasure to give this new administration building," Mr. Hermann said. "Within it the future policies of Berry College will be es tablished. Within it the management of those policies will take place. Within it the work of the faculty will be made possible.
"And this, after all," he pointed out, "is the basic purpose of educational administration.
"If this new building will make Berry College more effective, if it will encourage Berry College to hold fast to its ideals, my gift will have achieved its purpose."




Footnote to a Week-end Visit

Following a career of several years as a newspaper reporter and editor, Tracy Byers decided to see the world. He spent nearly two years in the mer chant marine, accomplished his pur pose and left the ship in New York where he was hired as a private sec retary to Mr. and Mrs. G. Lister Carlisle. Mr. Carlisle was a mining engineer, and his wife devoted a great deal of her time and energies to edu cational philanthropy.
The Carlisles, long-time friends of Martha Berry's, visited the schools annually, and during their 1929 mid spring tour, they telephoned Mr. Byers in New York and asked him to join them in Georgia for a week end to see the campus. Mr. Byers, expecting nothing more than a diverting, pleasant week end in the south, arrived a few
days later. "Two days after I arrived," Mr.
Byers recalls, "Martha Berry had me in her office hard at work--you just didn't stay around Berry if you didn't work.
"My week-end visit lasted for the remainder of the term and when school was out, I returned to my work with the Carlisles.
"Miss Berry visited the Carlisles later that summer and before she de parted, she informed Mrs. Carlisle that she had to have me back to do some more work."
Byers returned to Berry in the fall of '29 to teach journalism, advertising and a business administration course and "in my `spare time', I put in a full day's work in Miss Berry's office each day handling such things as cor respondence, appeal literature, The Southern Highlander and other jobs as they came up.

In addition to his teaching assign ment and his office duties, Byers found time to write the first biography of Martha Berry, "every word of the manuscript read by Miss Berry her self and revisions made by her," he re calls. The volume, The Sunday Lady oj Possum Trot, was published in 1932 by G. P. Putnam's Sons.
Byers stayed on as a combination faculty-staff member until September 1942, six months after Martha Berry's death. At that time the nation had been plunged into the Second World War and Tracy Byers enlisted in the army.
The next three years he spent in various U. S. posts from California to Alabama. After a leisurely vacation ing tour, he went to the island of Guam, where he stayed for three years as editor of The Guam News.
He returned to this country in 1950 and spent the next 12 years as a mem ber of the Odessa, Tex., American news staff. From Odessa, he went "a few miles up the road" to assume the editorship of The Pecos News.
After a year in Pecos, Mr. Byers decided his return to Berry was long overdue, and he came back to the cam pus for his first real visit in January of this year, prior to a lengthy vacation to the West Coast.
Again, Mr. Byers had been contem plating a "quiet week end" at Berry before continuing his travels, and once again, Berry changed his plans.
"This time, however, I was on the campus four days before I'd been put to work!"
Mr. Byers' assignment this time was to interview persons who had known Miss Berry to record their memories for Berry's official records.






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building at
the end of the road'
In the earliest days of The Berry Schools, when it was named the Boys' Industrial School, Miss Berry surprised her students and fellow workers by having a road laid out across the best field. She planted trees on each side of the road and had a gate erected where the road started on the Dixie Highway.
Her staff complained she was ruin ing the best farmland with the road. She explained that someday there would be a beautiful building at the end of the road. The building, when funds finally were raised to build it, was the first lasting classroom struc ture, and it now serves as the admin istration building.
In 1935 Miss Berry decided to build a new road and Gate of Opportunity about a mile north of the original site.

Arthur Beaird, now supervisor of farming and at that time in charge of the road building crew, said recently he and his men spent almost all of that winter building the road, which was planned by Miss Berry to lead to the site of her proposed new admin istration building.
She hoped that the new gate and road would attract a new building, as it had long years before. She also had the crews excavate the basement for the planned new administration build ing. This was to be about midway between the college campus and Ford Buildings, serving to tie the campus together.
Mr. Beaird said that a "really fine road" was built. "We later scraped up the gravel off that road, when the project was given up, and used it to build other roads," he recalled.
In a similar reminiscence, Dr. S. H. Cook, dean emeritus who came to Berry as a young faculty member in 1910, explained the project was dropped both because of lack of funds and the inability to get the county to close the old O'Brien Gap Road which bi sected the two campuses.
The completion of Hermann Hall, the new administration building, by early summer of 1964 will bring to fruition Martha Berry's dream of the 1930s.
Construction of the building also makes the new road and gate a neces sity. The O'Brien Gap Road has been closed, the campus cleared of the traffic way and the site has been cleared preparatory to construction.


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An interviewing "break" finds Tracy Byers, right, discussing the merits of Burfordi holly with Dr. S. H. Cook and Arthur Beaird in Dr. Cook's garden.

Members of the architectural firm of Cooper and Cooper of Atlanta (now Cooper, Barrett, Skinner, Woodbury and Cooper) drew the plans for Miss Berry's proposed administration build ing in 1935, and the same firm de signed Hermann Hall. The firm's senior member, Samuel Inman Cooper, with only two exceptions has been respon sible for designing or directing the design of all buildings constructed on the campuses since 1930.
A further tie with Miss Berry's dream is the fact that one of the per

sons who worked closely with Mr. Hermann in connection with his gift was William McChesney Martin, Jr., Berry trustees chairman. Mr. Martin was a personal friend of Miss Berry and visited her on the campus and at her home at Oak Hill.
The announcement of Mr. Hermann's
gift, the largest to Berry College and the Mount Berry School for Boys since the Henry Fords' contribution, was
made jointly by Mr. Martin and Presi
dent John R. Bertrand.


Mrs. Inez Henry
Assistant to the President Berry College and Mount Berry School for Boys


Tribute to a Friend

Dear Berry Friends,
As I write my message of greetings, news of the death of one of the Berry graduates and long-time staff members, Mr. Fair C. Moon, reaches me. Many of you will remember Mr. Moon as manager of the Berry College Store. His sense of humor was refreshing and his business acumen fitted him well for managing the general store which he saw grow from a small slab building to a large modern brick store stocked with everything from a spool of thread to a television set.
As we think of our departed friend, it is a comfort to think, also, of the approaching Easter Season with its hope and assurance of life beyond the grave.
It is strange that in thinking of friends it is often the little things which stand out in their personalities. I can hear Mr. Moon say in his humorous way, "Now haven't you always found bargains in the store?" Then, chuckling as he led up to that invariable next question, "And wasn't it in this store here that you found your husband?" (My late husband was associated with Mr. Moon in the store for almost 30 years.)
Then, I can see the more serious side of Mr. Moon's personality as a deacon in the church, and especially at the Eastertime, when he assisted in

serving communion. He always per formed this service with deep feeling and dignity.
Mr. Moon realized the importance of little things in his work. Those of us who lived close to Miss Martha Berry were often reminded of the signifi cance of the little things.
Perhaps the fact that Miss Berry frequently stressed the importance of seemingly insignificant things is one reason I have always had a deep ap preciation for the fragments of lovely things. Although, even as a small child I recall how I treasured an old quilt made by my grandmother from tiny bits of beautiful materials carefully featherstitched together. Later, I re member gazing at an exquisite stained glass window which, I learned, was made from fragments chiseled off as waste material by one artist, and picked up and put together by another who created a lovely rose window of spark ling jewels of every hue.
So it is here at Berry, that a great institution has been built by several generations of students doing the little day-to-day tasks, while dedicated staff members instilled into them the im portance of doing well the little things. As Miss Berry termed it, "doing the common tasks in life uncommonly well."
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When we think of Berry we think of bits of many personalities, some no longer with us in this world and others active in our midst from day to day. We think of Miss Berry's masterful personality and her ability to make every person from the youngest stu dent to the president an important part in the work. We recall her ap preciation of every gift from the smallest coin to the largest single con tribution to build Berry for the future.
Today, we, as she did, would remem ber each of you friends for your in terest, personality and prayers as well as your monetary gifts. All of these blended together help to make Berry a bright spot in our dark world.
On July 1 we began our fiscal year with $162,000 to be raised by June 30, 1963, to meet our operating needs and to offer opportunities to our thousand fine students. Through your help the major part of this sum has been re alized; however, we still need approxi mately $55,000 to accomplish our final goal. Your gift, large or small, will be a great help.
We wish for you and yours the true joys of Easter and the glory of the abundant life. With warm personal regards.
Faithfully yours,

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