NEGenWeb Project
Resource Center On-Line Library
UNL, 1912 Yearbook

Picture/label or sketch
Dean Bessey
Picture/label or sketch
Chancellor Samuel Avery
Picture/label or sketch
Professor Fogg

Picture/label or sketch

   Professor Caldwell

Dean Stout     

Professor Hinman
Professor Skinner

   DEAN CHARLES EDWIN BESSEY is not merely one of Nebraska's great professors and one of her dearly loved and honored men, but a man of world-wide fame in scientific study. Lack of space prevents an adequate review of the achievements that have crowned his efforts, but a few of his more interesting honors are here given:
   In 1880 Dean Bessey was invited to become the botanical editor of the American Naturalist. This position he kept until 1897. In 1888, while abroad, he was elected acting Chancellor of the University of Nebraska, which position he held until 1891. In 1895 he was chosen by the Faculty to be a charter member of the Phi Beta Kappa society at the University of Nebraska. In 1897, upon invitation he became botanical editor of Science, which position he still holds. In 1899 Dean Bessey was awarded a medal by Acad. Inter. Geog. Bot. of France.

   SOME professors might he glad to know what the student considers the right type of faculty man. The professor who gets the best results out of his students, and who has the most satisfactory relations with them is the man who, in addition to knowing his subject thoroughly, is not overcome by the consciousness of his knowledge; who realizes that the student is not equipped as he is; who does not place himself on in egotistical pedestal, forgetting that the very student whom he despises in his class may some day make more history than he will in all his life; who realizes that there is something in this world besides the lore of books; who allows to the enterprising student some freedom and originality of thought, and in general conducts himself as a normal human being. It is the men in the faculty who are broadminded, and who understand human nature, that win the hearts of the students at the same time they train their minds.

Picture/label or sketch
Dr. Fling

   THE stinging shafts of student sarcasm have so long been directed at one member of the Faculty that we are going to break the precedent and say what a good many others would like to say if they had the opportunity. Dr. Fling, much as the "sluffing" student condemns him, must be accorded a place as one of the grand men of the Faculty. He has done more to train the mind of Nebraska students than has any other one man, and, harsh as his system sometimes is, it is a most remarkable creation, and one for which he deserves unstinted praise. The most interesting, graphic, logical, and accurate lecturer in the Faculty, his class room inspires the admiration of passing visitors and compels the praise of unwilling Students. All of his students admire Dr. Fling's ability, and would unite in his praise if it were not that his sometimes harsh and sarcastic manner antagonizes them. Old students of his classes would be pleased at nothing more than to see him mollify his sternness and show to the young people about him more of that softer side, which they feel sure he has only been concealing. Dr. Fling deserves recognition as one of the most able professors of history in the country.
   It is our belief that Dr. Fling has never received the recognition he deserves, and since we have no complete record of his work, we select for mention the following as given in Who's Who in America: Member of American Historical Association, La société de Ia Revolution Francaise, and one of one hundred electors to Hall of France; author of Outline of Historical Method, Studies in Greek Civilization, Source Book of Greek history, History of France in the History of Nations, The Youth of Mirabeau, and numerous articles on historical subjects in American and foreign reviews.

Picture/label or sketch
Professor Buck

Previous page
Next page

© 2000, 2001 T&C Miller