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The history of Ohio University has always reflected the spirit of the times; from 1804 to 1945 this community and these people have been facets of the broad land-face of America and of the American years. They are the spirit of today. Therefore, in the first section of the 1945 Athena, we have tried to present the people of Ohio University as they are now, at this precise moment before the picture shifts again. The war, ubiquitous and all-engulfing, has helped to mix the colors and streak the canvas, but the finished portrait of Ohio University today must be mostly a composite view of its people, who are themselves the here and now. In the second section of the 1945 Athena, we offer the Ohio University inter- pretation of a post-war world, for and about those things which we believe to be inextricable from its security and long life. What we are part of now must be enlarged and clarified and carried on into tomorrow, with an added understand- ing of its value drawn from the chaotic reservoir of the present. The people of that present have constructed organized designs for that tomorrow; plan, theory, and practice shall merge into a complete pattern for the inevitable future. Finally, we have attempted, in the last section of the 1945 Athena, to create a multitude of impressions through which Ohio University and its diverse fea- tures can be preserved and identified for all time. Our purpose is not to say, " This is the way it is, " or " That is how it shall always be, " but rather to mirror a thousand separate images for as many different models, to suggest, in a broader sense, the sweep and line of a million different memories We dedicate the 1945 Athena to Dr. Walter S. Gamertsfelder, president of Ohio University from November, 1943 to February, 1945. Dr. Gamertsfelder ' s willing service at a crucial period of OU ' s history, his ability as an executive when the need for able leadership was most acute, his wisdom as an educator and a humanitarian, and his status as a warm and friendly OU citizen entitle him to the highest commendation a grateful campus can bestow. He is a very great man.
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