ONLINE CATALOG SEARCH
To Colonel Hunter Pendleton
April 8, 1935 [Chicago, Illinois]
My dear Colonel Pendleton:
I have just read the notice in the Alumni News of your retirement in June. Your departure from the faculty will mark a great change at the V.M.I. I fear that with you will go the last trace of the atmosphere I grew up in as a young man.1
A “dub” in Chemistry, and not a student at any time, I was not a shining light in your sections. But I carried away with me some very precious, though intangible, assets gained through your example. Later on, from Mrs. Coles and Lily I learned to know you better and to appreciate you more at your true value. Lily admired you tremendously, and with her mother, had a deep affection for both you and Mrs. Pendleton, which I came to share.
I hope you both enjoy good health and that your plans will make for an agreeable and happy period in your retirement. There must be a profound satisfaction in completing an active career, clean in the knowledge that you have exercised a beneficial and a beneficent influence over the lives of thousands of young men, and that you had stood a little higher each year in the admiration and regard of every person with whom you have been associated.
My affectionate regards to you both.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Illinois National Guard, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Pendleton was professor of chemistry between 1890 and 1935.
Recommended Citation: The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, ed. Larry I. Bland and Sharon Ritenour Stevens (Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 1, “The Soldierly Spirit,” December 1880-June 1939 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981), pp. 466-467.