College News and Departmental Notes: Peter B. Olney
by Departmental notes - 1922
Peter B. Olney, Esq., senior Trustee of Teachers College, died on February 9, 1922, at his home at Lawrence, Long Island. For thirty years, Mr. Olney had been an active member of the Board of Trustees, and throughout the entire period the legal adviser of the College. The first meeting that he attended in 1892 authorized the purchase of the present site on 120th Street, and on the agenda of the meeting scheduled for the day of his death was a resolution prepared by him authorizing the secretary of the Board to sign certain legal papers. No Trustee of Teachers College during the past thirty years has been more regular in attendance on its meetings, more faithful in performance of duties assigned, or more devoted to the interests of the College. No undertaking was too arduous, no request too trivial to command his undivided attention. His advice has been sought on every legal point of importance, and his judgment respected in every enterprise proposed to the Trustees. His services have been given unstintedly and without remuneration, except in the thanks of the Board—only occasionally recorded in its minutes, but always consciously felt by his associates. Perhaps the greatest contribution made by Mr. Olney to Teachers College was the unobtrusive but persistent influence of his personality. He was the embodiment of the highest ideals of American citizenship. Just in his judgments, direct in his dealings, honest in every act, and faithful to all trusts, he was preeminently qualified to direct the official development of a new school that had for its aim the upbuilding of American democracy.
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