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Dr. Thomas W. Gandy, Berry's new vice president,
and Mrs. Gandy, both Berry alumni,
will return to the campus to live in July.
See president's message on page 1.



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June 1963

Vol. 50 No. 3

The Berry Schools Bulletin is published five times yearly--in March, April, June, Sep tember and December--by The Berry Schools, Inc., Mount Berry, Georgia. Second-class postage paid at Mount Berry, Georgia. This publication was printed by the students at the Berry Printing Services.

ABOUT THE COVER A long-standing tradition is continued as President Bertrand es corts Emily Vanderbilt Hammond through Ford quadrangle be tween two rows of freshman women holding candles aloft in honor of Mrs. Hammond and her "pilgrims." For the story of Mrs. Hammond's latest visit to the campus, please turn to pages 7 and 8.

An Alumnus Returns as Vice President

An extremely favorable combina tion of circumstances--the right man, the right time and the right place-- will enable an alumnus of Berry Col lege and Mount Berry School for Boys to return to his alma mater to take an active part in Berry's growth and development.
He is Dr. Thomas W. Gandy, whose appointment as vice president of the college and the preparatory school becomes effective July 1.
At the present time Dr. Gandy is administrative assistant to the presi dent and director of development at The Woman's College of Georgia at Milledgeville.
Dr. Gandy's selection for the post of the vice presidency, newly created by the Board of Trustees, coincides with the board's recently announced ten-year growth fund which calls for $20 million by 1973.
As vice president of Berry, Dr. Gandy will have primary responsi bility for the development plan.
His own intimate knowledge of the institution plus his years of experi ence as a top-flight educator, admini strator and civic worker convince us that we are at the outset of a lengthy and mutually beneficial association with a man for whom we have the highest regard.

Following his graduation from the school for boys and Berry College, Dr. Gandy went on to earn another bachelor of science degree and the master of science degree from Auburn University. He holds the Ed.D. de gree from the University of Illinois at Urbana.
Prior to his appointment to his pre sent position at The Woman's College, Dr. Gandy was a faculty member at Auburn for nine years.
In addition to his responsibilities in the area of development and other key administrative duties, Dr. Gandy also will have charge of the over-all program of the Berry Alumni Assn.
He is particularly well qualified in the area of alumni affairs, having served for two years as the national president of the Berry Alumni Assn.
In that capacity, he also was a member of the Berry Board of Trus tees for two years.
As an active participant in church affairs, service organizations and com munity life, Dr. Gandy is the type of alumnus of whom we at Berry are very proud and we welcome him back to the campus gladly.
Mrs. Gandy, the former Theda Nettles, is also a graduate of Berry College, and we are happy to wel come her "home again," too.

/y President Ls Berry College and
Mount Berry School for Boys


Forecast for
the Future

Berry College and the Mount Berry School for Boys are on the threshold of a challenging and potentially dy namic future which has been shaped by the goal of $20 million by 1973 set by the Board of Trustees.
The goal, designed to provide ad ditional strength to the programs of the college and preparatory school, was announced this spring by Presi dent John R. Bertrand.
In broad terms, the mission of the ten-year growth fund lies in financial ly undergirding and further improving Berry's three-fold program of aca demic excellence, work experience and religion in life. A natural and closely allied course is increasing the capacity of the residence halls and the renovation of other campus buildings.
The ten-year plan seeks to provide opportunities for an enrollment of 1,500 college students--approximately 700 above present enrollment average --and 300 preparatory school students --approximately 60 more than are presently enrolled.
Planning for the special outlay during the next ten years takes into account student scholarships, faculty salaries, educational facilities, library holdings, campus housing, student ser vices and expendable funds.
The initial boost for the $20 million growth fund was provided by the $1 million contribution from Grover M. Hermann for the construction of Her mann Hall, the new administration building.
The Hermann gift includes not only construction of Hermann Hall but also provides for a new main entrance gate, a broad avenue leading to the campus and allied roadways.
The second significant step in the ten-year plan was achieved with the recent $200,000 gift from Charles A. Dana, New York and Connecticut industrialist and philanthropist. (See story on page 6.)

Although the entire growth fund plan will be subjected to constant evaluation with the possible revision of estimates and reallocation of funds, the projected allocation includes:
Scholarships Expendable scholarships in the amount of $400,000; and endowed scholarships, to perpetuate expendable scholarships and to establish a pro gram of Distinguished Scholars, $3,000,000;
Faculty Salaries Critical adjustments underwritten for five years amounting to $600,000 and endowed faculty chairs totaling $6,000,000;
Educational Facilities Renovation of existing classroom and laboratory buildings at a cost of $250,000; construction of Hermann Hall for $950,000; conversion of faculty residence hall with an addition for education and the social sciences for $1,000,000; and construction of a fine arts building for $1,000,000;
Housing Conversion of two floors of Ford

Recitation Hall and present clinic faci lities into a residence hall for 100 col lege women at a cost of $350,000; con struction of a new residence hall for 130 college women at $450,000; and construction of a new residence hall for 320 college men at a cost of $1,000,000; renovation of residence halls at the school for boys, $300,000; and construction of a new residence hall for 80 boys and an activities cen ter at the school for boys at a total of $500,000;
Library Holdings An endowed library book fund of $1,000,000;
Student Services Construction of a student health center for $250,000; and construction of a campus student center for $1,000,000;
Expendable Funds
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The next best thing to a visit to Berry is Years of Challenge, a full-color sound motion picture now available for screenings before interested groups and organizations.
Filmed on the campuses of Berry College and Mount Berry School for Boys last spring, the 29-minute movie spells out the institution's present-day programs of quality academic achievement, work experience opportunities and religious emphasis.
Years of Challenge also touches on Berry's rich heritage as it relates to the programs of today. Sweeping scenic shots display the natu ral beauty of the expansive campuses and the timber stands and agricultural lands.
A Visual Visit
to the Campus
The film delves into the classroom and cam pus activities of the coeducational college and the college preparatory school for boys and at the same time brings into focus Berry's plans for the future.
To arrange for a showing of the film before a group in your community, please clip the reservation form and mail it to the President, Berry College and Mount Berry School for Boys, Mount Berry, Georgia.
The film will be mailed to you, with return postage and full particulars including intro ductory material and appropriate news re leases, in a permanent container designed for easy mailing.
detach and mail Name____
Address __
Film Desired (dates)
Possible Showings (audiences)

A meeting in the board room

of the Cook Building

gives Charles A. Dana a chance

to meet and talk

with Berry's Dana Scholars.



for Scholarship
Thirty-five fortunate Berry College students--20 sophomores, 10 juniors and 5 seniors--will have a personal stake this fall in Charles A. Dana's philosophy of "help for those who ac cept and discharge responsibility for a better future."
The New York and Connecticut philanthropist's gift of $200,000 to Ber ry is being used in part to establish the Dana Scholars at the college, and 27 of the 35 inaugural recipients al ready have been selected.
The remaining eight students--two juniors and six sophomores--will be named sometime this month.
The scholarship plan, established and financed by the Dana Foundation, the unique philanthropic organization headed by Mr. Dana, is already in effect at four other institutions-- Davidson College, Queens College and Guilford College in North Carolina and at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.
Mr. Dana and four members of the foundation's Board of Trustees came to the campus in late May to meet Berry's inaugural Dana Scholars and

talk with administrative officials and student government leaders.
In 1964-65, in accordance with Mr. Dana's primary intent, the scholar ships will be awarded annually to 30 sophomores. Appointment as a Dana Scholar will be one of the highest honors at the college, and if the stu dent maintains the standards for ap pointment, he will be continued as a Dana Scholar until his graduation.
The scholarships will average $135 per quarter and will vary from $50 up to $200 per quarter.
Criteria for the scholarships include academic proficiency, character, good citizenship, evidence of leadership po tential, effective participation in ac tivities and financial need.
In 1958 the Dana Foundation gave $200,000 to Berry College as a chal lenge gift if the college could obtain matching funds for the construction of a new residence hall for men. In 1959 the $400,000 building was opened and dedicated as Dana Hall in Mr. Dana's honor. Other contributions to the institution by Mr. Dana antedated 1958.
The recent Dana gift establishing the scholarship plan at Berry repre sents the second step in the ten-year growth fund approved by the Berry Board of Trustees.



A Gracious Lady and Pilgrims by the Hundreds


By her own count, Emily Vanderbilt Hammond has brought some 600 "pilgrims" to visit the Berry campus, and when she re turned this spring after an absence of five years, she once again brought a group of her friends.
The widow of the late John Henry Ham mond, Mrs. Hammond first came to Berry at Martha Berry's invitation in 1920. Three years earlier, Miss Berry had spoken before a large group in Mrs. Hammond's home in New York City.
Accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. George Lister Carlisle, Jr. and several members of the Macy family, Mrs. Hammond paid a second visit to the campus in 1923, and in 1924 she began her annual springtime pilgrimages.
As she lent her support--both moral and financial--to Berry, many of her "pilgrims" did the same, and Mrs. Hammond and the

Revisiting the House

O' Dreams brings a smile to Emily Hammond.

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Chaplain and Mrs. Harold


McDaniel chat with Dr.

Bertrand and Mrs. Hammond

"on the mountaintop."

First place in the Hammond Poetry awards goes to
Jerrell Jones, Canton, Ohio.

friends she introduced to the Georgia "ex periment in education" are on record as among the most generous benefactors of the schools.
On the 25th anniversary of the schools, Mrs. Hammond invited 1,400 people to attend a party in the ballroom of the Roosevelt Hotel in New York and raised $100,000 to begin the Berry College endowment.




On her silver and golden wedding anniversaries, Mrs. Hammond request ed her friends to contribute to Berry in lieu of personal gifts.
Mrs. Hammond's visit this spring marked her 39th trip to Berry, and for many long-time members of the faculty and staff, it was a time for reminiscing as well as opportunity to become reac quainted with the spirited, gracious lady who has given so much of herself to Berry.

President Emeritus and Mrs. Eeland Green reminisce with Mrs. Hammond following Barnwell Chapel vespers.
Age differences vanish as Mrs. Hammond shares a favorite poem with Janet May Bertrand.

Dr. Inez Henry introduces two players in the Martha Berry pageant to Mrs. Hammond on the verandah at Oak Hill.


Dr. S. H. Cook and Mrs. Hammond

renew a long-standing friendship.




Dr. Inez Henry
Assistant to the President Berry College and Mount Berry School jor Boys

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A Secret Place for Inspiration

Dear Berry Friends,
On our campus is a quiet spot which in days gone by was known to Martha Berry as her secret place of prayer. She often walked there and many times she drove the horse to this spot between the girls' and boys' schools during the early days of Berry. There she could see Lavendar Mountain in the distance, there she could see the towering spire of Mount Berry Cha pel. Later, when the college was de veloped, she could see the majestic stone buildings in the. Ford quad rangle, the massive red brick buildings with their marble pillars on the men's campus. In the distance was a glimpse of beautiful Victory Lake, and all around were green fields and growing trees.
This was one of the real points of inspiration. Here she tarried to pray over problems in the schools. Here she dreamed of a bigger and better Berry.
Twenty-one years ago Martha Berry was buried beside the red brick Mount Berry Chapel in the shadow of the towering spire, beneath the branches of a giant tree. At her own request the marker at her grave is very simple.
Recently, one of the foreign students approached me with great concern

that we had not given her grave an ap propriate marker. I asked him ques tions and tried to reassure him in letting him know that her monument was exhibited in the lives she trans formed in flesh and blood, not in stone and granite. He was not satisfied, so I suggested that the very institution which she built remained as her monument. Still he felt that we had not paid Martha Berry proper tribute.
It was gratifying to see this young man's spirit of appreciation of Martha Berry's life of dedication. There was something refreshing in the fact that I could not convert him to my way of thinking. I tried to get the thought over to him that at times I had won dered if I should not curb myself in praise to her work in talking to stu dents who never knew her, lest they think I might be dwelling too much on the past. His answer was beyond the shadow of doubt.
"But how do you expect students to get the inspiration, to catch a glimpse of her faith, hope, and love for human ity if you who knew her do not make her alive to us who never saw her?" he continued to question.
Commencement seems the appro priate time to remind ourselves of Martha Berry's faith, hope and love
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as well as her life of service to bright en her little corner of the world. Even though there are schools and roads everywhere in our country, there is still a dire need for teaching young people the principles in common sense and Christian education for which she stood. Today, we at Berry hold fast to this philosophy even amidst many changes in strengthening of courses of study and up-to-date methods.

We owe much to Martha Berry

and the strong foundation on which

she built. We owe much to her secret

place of prayer. We owe much to our

friends who have made her dreams

come true. The thrill in seeing our

young people awarded their hard-


earned degrees and diplomas helps to

make us mindful of these things.

We greet you at commencement


time with appreciation for your help

and with the hope and prayer that

you will again make possible the

necessary funds to complete our fis

cal year debt free. To do this we must

still find $25,000 for operating ex

penses before July first.

Our best wishes to you and yours for a pleasant summer.

Faithfully yours,

Enclosed is my contribution of $_ for the continuing program of Berry College and Mount Berry School for Boys.
Street and Number_
City (zone) and State _____
Please make checks payable to The Berry Schools and mail to Mount Berry, Georgia. Contributions are deductible in accordance with Federal Income Tax provisions.