This Centenary Celebration is a fitting memorial to a great man, but I hope that we can make it more than that. I hope we can make it, in a very real sense, a rededication to carry out the dream of the founder, to keep before us not only the letter, which he himself always made simple enough, but also the spirit of his great gifts.
This means that we must apply a critical mind to what is now being done, an open mind to new fields and new opportunities. It means that while we must take our duties seriously, we must ever avoid that kind of dull solemnity which men are prone to mistake for seriousness. But it means more than this. It means that we must accept for our heritage, not only the funds so freely and generously given, but also something of the bubbling enthusiasm, the spirit of eternal youth, the willingness to risk mistake and failure, the gallantry of attitude, for all of which we can find no better example, no greater inspiration, than the life and works of Andrew Carnegie.
JAMES BRYANT CONANT
WITH this evening's dinner we end a celebration which I am sure you will all agree has been most impressive. We bring to a conclusion this century's formal salutation to the memory of a most remarkable man. Now I am not qualified even to attempt to evaluate the part Andrew Carnegie played in