This essay is the third in a series about Drexel's presidents, marking the inauguration of John A. Fry.
Parke R. Kolbe and the Fascination of Unattainable Goals
By Martha Cornog
“Anyone with knowledge of another language….,” suggested Parke Kolbe, “may share the joy of creative genius vicariously by indulging in translation. He may not produce a literary masterpiece even at second-hand, but he will at least know and appreciate more adequately the work of the truly great.”
Drexel’s fourth President thought it was fun to translate foreign literature in his spare time. Originally a Professor of Modern Languages and trained as a linguist, Kolbe further broadened the collective background of the Drexel presidency. First president James MacAlister had been distinguished in Education, his successor Hollis Godfrey in Engineering, and Godfrey’s successor Kenneth Matheson in English.
Please stop by the lobby of the Creese Student Center to see an exhibition titled:
The Enriched Collegiate Experience: Historical Photographs of Student Clubs, Teams, Organizations, and Events.