Father felt a deep commitment to his city, and I believe he left it a bit better than he found it, especially its school system. In his old age he confided his unhappiness with how the city’s leadership had evolved.
“Our city once had a great people, and it no longer has them,” he complained. As he saw it, its business and professional people, its newspaper owners, the board of institutions, were all mediocre. In the heat of one of Father’s political battles, the town’s leading citizen, in money and prestige, tried to buy him off. It may be that I inherited from him my critical view of our institutions generally, large and small, for profit and not-for-profit.1
ROBERT K. GREENLEAF
George Washington ...