DEAN AT WORK
A conspicuously successful business career is part of his background for teaching business.
Harvard's Business-Man Dean
By I I A HAAK, Dickinson
NE of the few men in the nation
today of equal "prominence in the
fields of business and education is Donald Kirk David, Idaho '16, recently appointed Dean of the Harvard Graduate
School of Business Administration. He
represents a new philosophy of enlightened business njianagement as well as an
emerging theory of training for business
as a profession. His success is attributable
not only to scholarship and study, but to
hard-won practical experience as well.
Born in Idaho toward the turn of the
century, the young Don David followed
the normal course of youth through a
high school education. He enrolled at
the University of Idaho in 1912. He
pledged A and signed the Bond of
Idaho Alpha, number 101, on February
8, 1913. At the University he distinguished himself as a scholar, graduating
at twenty with honors.
was a world at war that greeted
Brother David upon his graduation'.
Strangely enough, the experience he
gained through performance of his duty
with the Naval Supply Corps in that
conflict was later to stand him in good
stead in serving his country in a far
greater, cataclysmic struggle.
In 1917 he married Elizabeth Soulen,
and it was probkbly her encouragement
that led him to Harvard for further education. Brother David took the Master
of Business Administration degree at the
Business School in 1919, the year Wallace B. Donham assumed leadership as
Convinced that business deserved a
school commensurate with its dynamic
potency in American life. Dean Donham
set about molding a curriculum that
would adequately train new generations
of executives for commerce and industry.
To achieve such a curriculum, he determined to build a faculty founded on
leadership, ability and promise that
would develop a scholarly and professional atmosphere for a field that had
formerly been looked askance at by edu-