Mary Franklin Garber was a student of Howard Pyle when he taught at the Drexel Institute. She was Anna Wheian Betts's cousin, In a letter to Richard Lykes, dated January 29, 1947, she recalled her experience:
Mr. Pyle would look at them for awhile. . . and there was always great anticipation in the air while he studied the drawing up for consideration. However flat or insipid it was, we knew that some most illuminating remarks would be made when he hadl'taken in' so to speak, the idea that the student wanted to express. Then his remarks would begin.