St Stephen's: The Early Years




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Creation Date

late 1800s


Rev. George Bailey Hopson served as acting warden three times, 1898-1899, 1903-1904, 1907-1909, and was professor of Latin from 1863 to 1916. He also served three terms as acting warden, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, always maintaining the steady atmosphere set by Warden Fairbairn, with whom he had worked for almost forty years. His expectations as a teacher were high. When students complained of not having enough time to complete their lessons he replied: "There was all the time there was." As Acting Warden Rev. Hopson preached a sermon in honor of the previous warden, Rev. Fairbairn, in the chapel of St. Stephen's College on January 29th 1899. "But while training their intellects, he did not neglect their morals. Christian education demands spiritual as well as mental culture. The formation of character during the period of College life is vastly more important than mere literary acquirements.



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