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William Sloane Coffin Jr.A Holy Impatience$
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Warren Goldstein

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300102215

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300102215.001.0001

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The Education of a Warrior-Priest

The Education of a Warrior-Priest

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(p.64) Four The Education of a Warrior-Priest
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William Sloane Coffin Jr.
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Warren Goldstein

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300102215.003.0005

This chapter focuses on the time when Coffin returned to his mother and to Yale as a World War II veteran. Uninterested in an extended adolescence or country club experience, veterans tended to be more instrumental about their education, more in a hurry to get on with their lives. Coffin bypassed the admissions office and applied for advanced standing directly to the college dean. Between the influence of his mother's friend, Professor of French Henri Peyre, the fact that Uncle Henry sat on the Yale Corporation, and Coffin's Russian studies, he went to summer school and entered as a junior in the fall of 1947. He lived in his mother's house and concentrated mostly on schoolwork. Outside the classroom, he headed the Yale chapter of the liberal American Veterans Committee and sang in the Yale Glee Club.

Keywords:   veteran, World War II, extended adolescence, country club experience, advanced standing, Henri Peyre, Uncle Henry, Yale Corporation

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