Cambridge, Massachusetts

Dwight was a member of the Harvard faculty from 1963 until his retirement in 1973.   Thanks to the university, we have a formal photo of Dwight:

Harvard, Dec. 16, 1968

Part of the time Dwight was formally associated with Harvard, 1969-1970, was actually spent as a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Palo Alto, California.

Dwight at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto.

The time Dwight spent at the Center must have been a welcome change.  He could enjoy conversations with his colleagues and not have to worry about teaching or administrative duties.  He could concentrate on thinking, reading, and writing.  And nearby were the facilities of Stanford University Library.  Sadly, in April 1970, during the time Dwight was at the Center, it was the target of a fire-bombing which destroyed one scholar’s life work, completely destroyed ten offices, and left most of the others damaged by smoke and water.  Dwight was fortunate that he had most of his records at home.

Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, 1969-1970 Fellows, Trustees, and Staff. Photo courtesy of CASBS.  Dwight is in the second row a little to the right of center.

Dwight and Louise rented a home in Palo Alto while he was a part of CASBS.  That year probably made them realize that Palo Alto was where they would live after Dwight retired.

An informal photo, perhaps taken by Louise, follows:

Dwight at Harvard.
Dad at his desk, probably at home in Belmont.
Dwight and Louise with third person in front of one of the university buildings.

It was in 1972, one year before his retirement, when Dwight was elected president of the Linguistic Society of America.

In the Memorial Minute adopted by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University, Feb. 15, 1994, the authors noted Dean Whitla’s recollection of Dwight’s “constant preoccupation with improving the Harvard Placement Test.  It attained such a level of perfection under his supervision that since his retirement from Harvard in 1973 no one has felt the need to change it.  It is still administered to our students as he left it.”