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Former Governor Heading Back To Class

February 15, 1988

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) _ Former Gov. William W. Scranton is trading his briefcase for a bookbag as he phases out his ties to corporate America and prepares to return to college.

The 70-year-old Scranton, who sought the Republican nomination for president in the 1960s, will enroll at the University of Scranton this fall as a student of Latin and Italian. After sharpening his linguistic skills, Scranton plans to study the Italian Renaissance, the 15th and 16th century explosion of knowledge that led man out of the Middle Ages.

″I’ve always been fascinated with the Italian Renaissance ever since I took a course on the subject in my first year in college,″ Scranton told the Scranton Times in a recent interview.

Scranton, the recipient of 35 honorary doctorate degrees, said he has always placed a premium on knowledge for knowledge’s sake.

While on vacation in Maine about a year and a half ago, Scranton said he thought a lot about becoming old and decided to follow his own advice - the best way to remain young is to mingle with young people.

For Scranton, that meant returning to college.

″I’m looking forward to it,″ Scranton said, even though it will mean sitting in a classroom for the first time in 42 years since he got his degree from Yale Law School in 1946.

At the University of Scranton, Scranton will study Latin under Dr. John Wilson and Italian under Frank Cimini. Scranton had some Latin in high school and college but Italian will be completely new to him.

Scranton has pared down his involvement with corporate boards from 21 to just four and plans to be off those boards by June 1. However, he said he will continue to remain active in boosting initiatives that can help the city that bears his family name.

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