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Former President of Columbia University Denies Institution Discriminates Among Students

December 29, 1946
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Dr. Nicholas Murray Butler, president emeritus of Columbia University, yesterday denied that the institution practiced discrimination against applicants of any race, color or creed. In an address to an alumni luncheon, he said that scholastic rank and qualifications were the criteria of admitting officials.

Expanding his remarks, which were intended to reply to the charges of discrimination against the university’s medical school made by the City Council on the basis of material gathered by the American Jewish Congress, Dr. Butler cited the charter of Columbia, which bars discrimination, and said that representatives of Catholics and Jews had been added to the institution’s board of trustees shortly after the Revolutionary War.

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