Friday, May 26, 2006

“Barzun Won Many Honors” (1927)

From one of several New York Times articles mentioning Mr. Barzun in 1927, the year he was graduated from Columbia College:


Valedictorian Was Born in Paris—
Has Lived Here Seven Years.

Jacques Martin Barzun, who recieved the highest academic honors of the class of ’27 at Columbia College when he delivered the valedictory address at Monday’s Class Day exercises, was born in Paris, France, nineteen years ago and has been a resident of this country for only seven years.

He recently was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, awarded the Richard H. Fox Memorial Prize, the Philolexian Prize in essay and oratory and received the William Mitchell Fellowship in modern European history. He is editor-in-chief of the Columbia Varsity, monthly literary magazine; dramatic critic of the daily Spectator, President of the Philolexian Literary Society and technical director of the annual Philolexian play.

He is the son of Dr. H. M. Barzun, Visiting Professor of French Civilization at Fordham University, who was formerly editor of L’Homme Libre, Clemenceau’s journal; aide to former Ambassador Berenger and member of the French Press Commission to the United States from 1918 to 1920.

New York Times, June 2, 1927