Fully half of the previous writing on Memorial University College has focussed directly upon the inspiring personality and leadership of the first president, John Lewis Paton. He took on the work with amazing energy for a man in his sixties. During 1925-1933 the standards, traditions and success of the new junior college were solidly established. It could be thought difficult to create a new institution out of mere aspiration. A key assist in understanding Paton's experience in Newfoundland is to realize that he found it very easy.