Filler Another Titanic myth

Harvard's swimming test

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7163.938 (Published 03 October 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:938
  1. Lars H Breimer, honorary senior lecturer
  1. Surrey

    As a freshman at Harvard University, one of the first things my wife had to do was to prove that she could swim. Had she failed this swimming test, then she would have had to take swimming lessons and repeat it, because you had to be able to swim to graduate from Harvard. The reason for this, she was told, was that Eleanor Elkins Widener had given Harvard its library in memory of her son who perished in the Titanicon this condition, because Mrs …

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