The Raymond Walters Diaries: The Swarthmore College Days (1925–32)


When Raymond Walters died in October 1970 at the age of eighty-five, the Cincinnati Enquirer summarized his professional accomplishments in this manner: “scholar—author—administrator.” Most of his scholarship, including several books and countless articles, was devoted to the study of the utility and value of higher education. He was a regular contributor to such magazines as Scribner’s and School and Society. He became something of an expert in statistical analysis, charting the fl uctuations in student body
populations at colleges and universities. A 1946 Associated Press story referred to Walters as the nation’s “statistician laureate of higher education.” His proudest accomplishment came from his service as president of the University of Cincinnati (1932–55). To this day, his is the longest tenure of any president in that university’s history.