National Geographic : 1966 Oct
"I never went to school until I was ten ... school doesn't make the boy entirely; it's the kind of oversight and care he gets at home," Dr. Grosvenor once wrote. Born in Constantinople, Turkey, Gilbert and his identical twin Edwin Prescott, here flanking their older brother Asa Waters, received that special "oversight and care." Their devoted mother, Lilian Hovey Waters Grosvenor, and father, Dr. Edwin A. Grosvenor, professor of history at Robert College, tutored the youngsters. To their home came guests of many races and creeds; from it went family expeditions to places where the father knew the story in every stone. In 1891 the Grosvenors moved to Massachusetts, where the twins were graduated with highest honors from Amherst College. Taking charge of the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE at age 23, Gilbert recognized an advantage: "my long and close association with my father's work," a reference to working with him on his two-volume book, Constantinople.