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among them Lex Marsh, a trustee who wrote on February 6, "Your
burdens for the past few weeks have been heavier than anyone should
be called on to bear and it is a marvel of many of your friends that
you have been able to stand up so magnificently under the stress of
these mounting tensions."
Even with such assurances, Dr. Tribble must often have felt that he
was waging his battle alone. An assiduous search among those who
knew him well has failed to uncover the name of any person, at this
stage or any other, in whom Tribble confided his innermost feelings
as one intimate friend to another. There were many who respected and
supported him, but none were taken into his confidence.
Without a relationship of that kind, Tribble seemed to strike back at
his critics, and on February 13, 1956, he wrote a bitter letter in which
he defended himself. Although addressed to Mull as chairman of the
board, he sent copies to all members of the Executive Committee:
Since I have been subjected to a series of humiliating experiences and
unfavorable publicity as the object of the so-called investigation, it might
not be inappropriate for me … to express some opinions concerning the
1. I stand on my record in spite of the fact that it has so far received no
official attention in connection with the investigation.
2. I stand ready to admit mistakes when they are pointed out to me and
clearly supported by facts, but it is obvious now that the current problem
will not be solved by a blanket admission of error in judgment on the part of
the administration accompanied by a refusal to consider the wrongs done in
the name of the investigation.
3. The investigation was obviously the culmination of a plot started before
I became president, a plot that was designed to capture control of the
college. Evidence in support of this can readily be obtained, both as to what
took place before I became president, and as to what was done in the twelve
or fifteen months preceding the climax last December.
4. It is unfair to me to create a situation of damning criticism that is
expected to lead to my dismissal without giving me a chance to disprove the
charges, without even the semblance of a trial.
5. While I have not been informed officially of what is in the evidence or
digest, such information as has come to me leads to the conclusion that the
evidence is not true to fact, and therefore should not be allowed to stand as
the basis of judgment. For example, I have been informed that a