Genevieve Gorst Herfurth, my wife, was a gracious member of the Class of 1910. Her lamented demise occurred on December 26, 1943.
She had pride in the traditions of her class and recounted with fine pleasure her experiences as a member of it. In conversation she often referred to the class memorial tablet and quoted from it--particularly the words "that continual and fearless sifting and winnowing by which alone the truth can be found." Her references to the intriguing words gave original impulse to my desire to identify their author and, later, the incentive to examine and record available facts and legends relating to the tablet itself, the reasons underlying its initial rejection by the Regents, the cause of the five-year deferment of its authorized dedication, and, finally, its antecedent history.
To her revered memory this study is dedicated.