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Dedication of a yearbook is not routine. Selecting one
from many individuals who have contributed greatly to
the arowth and development of Covenant College is not
routine. And to find, in that search, one who has served
both on the Board of Trustees and in the College Admin-
istration is not routine. But, having served as Chairman
of the Board of Trustees during five very important years
in Covenant's growth and development before becoming
President of Covenant College, Dr. Marion David Barnes
has made our search easy.
Dr. Barnes, a true scholar and gentleman, has established
an intricate network of personal friends and admirers since
he first assumed his presidential responsibilities. When
wondering what unusual gift Dr. Barnes possesses in order
to appeal so strongly to people, a student finds a simple
answer: Dr. Barnes has an air of casualness and southern
friendliness that seems to charm and relax even the tens-
est freshman or the most dignified guest. Obviously, our
Lord has endowed this man with admirable humility -
making him approachable from any level, and has unique-
ly embodied this in dignity - enabling him to strengthen
and lead a struggling yet powerful college.
His accent and gracious manner are due partly to his
birth and childhood in Junction City, Arkansas, where he
lived until graduation from high school. He launched his
brilliant career in chemistry first at the University of Ar-
kansas for his B. S. degree and then at Columbia Univer-
sity for his M. A. and Ph. D. degrees. The fact that Dr.
Barnes is of such high academic caliber and brilliance is
kept, it would seem, carefully unasserted. His scholastic
achievements and previous careers - Professor of Chem-
istry at Wheaton College, research chemist with the Lion
Oil Company in Eldorado, Arkansas, and inventor with
fourteen patents at Monsanto Chemical Company in St.
Louis - need scarcely be mentioned by Dr. Barnes, whose
present achievements are proof enough. Obviously, his
decision to leave his position as Director of Industrial Re-
search for the Sulphur Institute in Washington, D. C., to
accept the presidency of Covenant College shows that
he has sought to let Christ have the preeminence.
His presidency has included everything from counseling
to working out with others a fantastic program of expan-
sion, from college improvements to occasional menu im-
provements, from traveling to various organizations for
donations to receiving students in his home for Bible dis-
cussions and refreshments, and from his position as an
elder in the Reformed Presbyterian Church to his loyal
support at basketball games.
Dr. and Mrs. Barnes have added much to campus life
this year simply by being so near at hand in their south-
end, second-floor apartment in the Campus in the Clouds.
Two of their five children are Covenant students - John,
a junior, and David, a freshman. At home are Lois, Deb-
orah, and Philip.
When one, such as a Covenant student, finally realizes
the background of our President - his research projects
at universities in Europe, conferences at Georgia Tech
and at the University of California, and his amazing ca-
reer in chemistry - he suddenly becomes awed and
amazed, possibly flattered. After all, he has been greeted
warmly by Dr. Barnes every day and has considered him-
selfa close friend through consultations. Regularly he has
heard Dr. Barnes speak in chapel or give firm but helpful
suggestions, asking the same from students. Thus, he real-
izes what an amazing person Dr. Barnes truly is. Because
of his interest in each student, his effective spiritual lead-
ership, and his working program toward accreditation and
expansion, we dedicate the I966 TARTAN to Dr. Marion
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Our goings and camings
take us through many
doors, almost unnoticed.
They may be harsh im-
prisoning portals or the
finely crafted panels of
a gracious entry.
Stoutly barred doors
could mean an impreg-
nable barrier in our way,
or a haven of refuge
A door ajar could be
an invitation and a chal-
lenge to explore beyond.
A door flung wide is a
greeting and a warm ac-
ceptance inta fellowship.
We of Tartan would re-
count with you some of
the goings and comings
of i965-66, noting the
doors closed behind, the
exploration into new
areas of experience and
learning, and finally the
acceptance into the Cov-
enant family where the
Christ who said, "l am
the door," is preeminent.
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