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cators. The first of his students whom
Dean Donham selected to assist him was
Don David, then only 25.
He served as instructor for two years
and in 1922 became assistant dean, one
of the first the Business School ever had.
Assistant deans have since become a
tradition at the school. Dean David's staff
consists of six, each performing his assigned administrative functions. Interestingly enough one of the present assistant deans is J. Leslie Rollins, Northwestern '30. Brother Rollins has charge
of the dormitories and dining halls of
the School, housing and feeding more
than 1,200 members of the armed forces.
From 1922 to 1927 Brother David
worked on the staff of the School, specializing in the retailing field. It was during these years that he was instrumental
in bringing about the strong A Alumni Club at Harvard, donors of the famous
During the period he published several authoritative text books on the subject. When, in 1927, David was offered a
promising opportunity in business, Dean
Donham dispatched his first disciple with
David soon demonstrated that Dean
Donham's philosophy was valid. He became president of the Royal Baking
Powder Co. in 1929. In the following year
he was elevated to the presidency of
Chase and Sanborn. Since 1930 he has
served as vice-president of Standard
Brands, president of American Maize
Products Co., and director in half a
dozen corporations of prominence. By
1940 he had become one of the most
important and respected figures in New
York business circles.
Back beside the placid Charles, Dean
Donham had reached a conviction
sooner or later the United States
would have to fight the aggressor nations
of the Axis. Now he wrestled with the
task of adjusting the Business School program to the needs of a nation operating
under war conditions. He foresaw that
he would need worthy assistance to help
him do the job. For such an undertaking
a man of brilliance, steadiness, and perseverance was needed. Who was better
suited than able Don David?
At the summons of his old preceptor,
David returned to Harvard, despite the
hold of fame and fortune in Manhattan.
DONALD KIRK DAVID, Idaho
His older brothers pioneered for Phi Delta Theta
al Oregon; he helped establish the Harvard
Once again he joined the faculty, this
time with the rank of associate dean and
professor of business administration.
Gradually Donham and David, with
the assistance of such competent faculty
members as Professors Cunningham, Mc-"
Nair, Eraser, Copeland, and Lewis,
evolved a plan for training officer personnel for the services of supply of the
Army and Navy and essential production men for war industries.
The courses under the School's famed
case system were adapted to the changing problems of business tooling up for
war production. Instruction was given in
governmental procurement policy, while
non-essential courses such as advertising
and sales management were sidetracked.
An advanced ROTC unit was instituted
for training of future Quartermaster officers.