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The Measure of a Man A Tribute to W E Thorpe

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 26
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1994
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 326218
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s63x84sr

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Title The Measure of a Man A Tribute to W E Thorpe
Description In this generation in which we live, when there is almost deification of youth and its activities, its point of view and leadership in new directions, we sometimes recognize a tendency among older people, even some in the middle years, to slips quietly into the background scenes. Declining strength seems to lead to loss of assurance about one's place, the force of one's ideas and one's acceptance in the fast-moving, youthful surge of society. Many know how Dr. Thorpe ridiculed such backing away from the mainstream. He ridiculed i( with his daily life. Though eighty years of age, rather then shying away from the youthful crowd, he joined, he participated, he enthused and cheered. He was himself a man of assurance, of vital interests; consequently, far from having to seek others out to join or to talk to, he was sought out by many people, long-time acquaintances and casual alike, those who wanted advice or needed counsel. He was always there for them, Dr. Thorpe, was a solid presence, not a retreating shadow. He spent the day before he was stricken with the heart attack, which took his life, enjoying a race meet at Gunnison, carrying on a lifetime love affair with an old flame, horseracing. No saint this man, no sanctimonious pharisee. He could and would get into the sugar bowl for a little betting money, and he succeeded that day in winning $.3U on his favorite horse. Vitality through activity--this might have been his code. No atrophying of interest or personality for this man in his late years. He stayed in training socially, religiously, politically and economically. His was the marathon run of life, no quick sprints or early finish and hurried departure from the field of activity. It would be the worst possible omission, and one Dr. Thorpe would soundly criticize, if a major part of this pattern were not acknowledged to have been drawn by the equally talented and firm hand of his beautiful wife. Flora Jones Thorpe. The lives and style of these two people, after so many years of work among common interest are almost indistinguishable. With care, they visited the sick and homebound to provide comfort and to see that no physical or spiritual need went unattended. We have only hinted at some of Dr. Thorpe's measurements. The small stature of a man who towered so high among his neighbors. This man with the husky, whispery voice who was heard so clearly and forcefully in things that mattered here in this valley. Suffice it to day that to see him, one has to look up high and wide. 97
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 26
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326196
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s63x84sr/326196