February 22, 1924
Dr. Louis H. Pammel
Iowa State College
My dear Dr. Pammel:
It is my understanding that you contemplate retiring from active service as Professor of Botany at Iowa State College. In this action, there comes to me a mingled feeling of joy and sorrow.
Joy, because even though you officially retire, you will not wholly separate yourself from the Institution. Sorrow, because the many boys, girls, men and women, not only from Iowa and contiguous States; but all over the country, will sorely miss the love and inspiration as well as superior instruction from you, the Prince of Teachers. Just to walk through the campus occasionally, and let the students see the man who has meant so much to the State, the College, yea, the whole country, will enthuse and inspire many to do their very best.
Personally, I have no words at my command that adequately express my gratefulness to you for the very personal interest you took in me, not only as a student, but it has followed me all through my career, and whatever success I have been able to attain is due, in a very large measure, to you, my beloved teacher, Christian gentleman, and friend.
I pray that Gods richest blessings may continue to lead and guide you in whatever the future has in store for you.
Your very grateful pupil,
Geo. W. Carver
Research & Experiment Station
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