100th Anniversary Issue
Harvard in Epigram
The College Pump
The Readers Write
A New Era: 1898-1918
Boom and Bust: 1919-1936
War and Peace: 1937-1953
Baby Boom to Bust: 1953-1971
Century's End: 1971-1998
October 12, 1910
Richard Whitney '11, who completed the requirements for his degree in three years, has been working the past summer in the office of Kidder, Peabody and Company of Boston. He is now with Potter, Choate and Prentice of New York City.
February 15, 1911
John S. Reed '10, writing from Paris, says: "The Latin Quarter has all the aspects of a small Harvard University. Especially does it seem so at seven in the evening when the traditional gathering of fellows takes place at the Café des Deux Magots. There we outnumber the other college men by more than two to one, and I think that is a good indication of the proportion of college men in Paris...."
October 28, 1920
William Woodward '98 is the owner of the flock of sheep which has been kept on the lawns of the White House, Washington, during the past two or three years.
Illustration by Mark Steele|
June 16, 1921
Francis B. Keene '80, American consul general at Rome, in the finals of the cup contests of the Rome Golf Club, in April, won the club's gold medal and the title of champion. Keene began to play golf in 1894, when the game was very young in the United States. In the late '90s he was known all over the golfing world as the "Laureate of the Links," for he was a prolific writer of verse, serious, sentimental, and humorous, about the ancient game. He says that there is inspiration in playing on the historic Roman Campagna. "Dust of martyrs may be in the tee you place on a spot where Caesar may have stood."
September 30, 1932
Frederick Winsor '93, headmaster of the Middlesex School, Concord, is the author of a book, The Art of Behavior, which has been published by the Houghton Mifflin Co. The book sets forth, primarily for boys, the "why and how of what is commonly called the moral law."
A.M. '92, LL.D. '21--James R. Angell, A.B. (Univ. Mich.) '90, A.M. (ibid.) '91, president of Yale University, was married recently to Mrs. Katherine Cramer Woodman of Ardmore, Pa.
J. Heng Liu '09, M.D. '15, director of the national health administration of China, had charge of a special investigation of the outbreak of bubonic and pneumonic plague in Shansi and Shensi in 1931. He has recommended the establishment of a plague research institute at Yulin.
October 7, 1932
Katherine Rand, daughter of Waldron H. Rand '98, has passed the examinations for admission to the Massachusetts bar. She plans to enter her father's law office.
October 21, 1932
Maxwell E. Perkins '07, editor-in-chief of Charles Scribner's Sons, publishers, New York City, has been elected vice-president of the firm.
Edmund W. Pavenstedt '20 is now teaching at St. John's College, Annapolis, Md. He writes that Douglas H. Gordon '26, LL.B. '28, president of St. John's, "has surrounded himself with a young faculty and the place is permeated with some of Harvard's more recent and progressive educational ideas, many of which, perhaps, are less difficult to put into practice in a small college even though it may not command the resources--either in endowment or in such matters as library and other equipment--of a large university."
M.D. '03--Fred H. Albee, A.B. (Bowdoin) '99, Sc.D. (Univ. Vt.) '16, (Bowdoin) '17, LL.D. (Colby) '30, of New York City, was recently called to Venezuela to perform a surgical operation upon the son of President Gomez, and subsequently was decorated with the Order of Libertador, Grade of Commander.
October 28, 1932
Charles E. Brickley '15, who was a prominent member of the Harvard football team in his undergraduate days, is writing for the San Francisco News a series of articles on drop- and place-kicking in football.
November 18, 1932
Francis T. Hodges '30 has received from the Carnegie Foundation of Pittsburgh a bronze medal and a scholarship in recognition of his descent into a gas-filled well last year, when he rescued two boys who had been overcome by the fumes. Hodges is a fourth-year student at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis.
January 20, 1933
Samuel M. Klein '01 writes: "General depression grips us all...10 percent of our people are idle. Most of the idle in my district were and are college men and women and average 50 per block."
February 17, 1933
Newspaper dispatches say that Ernest F. Hanfstaengl '09 of Munich is confidential aide to Adolf Hitler, recently appointed chancellor of Germany. Hanfstaengl was one of the best known and most popular undergraduates of his time in College. He was a member of his freshman crew squad, took part in several dramatic performances, and was prominent in other ways. He has been active in Hitler's political campaigns in Germany.
Catherine (Smith) Bailey, wife of David W. Bailey '21, publication agent of Harvard University, is the conductor of the Radcliffe College Orchestra....Mrs. Bailey graduated from Radcliffe in 1923 and received the degree of A.M. in 1926; she has led the Radcliffe Orchestra ever since it was organized about two years ago.
S.T.M. '22--Mordecai W. Johnson, A.B. (Morehouse Coll.) '11, A.B. (Univ. Chicago) '13, B.D. (Rochester Theol. Sem.) '20, president of Howard University, spoke at the Ford Hall Forum, Boston, on February 12. His subject was "Are Negroes Too Conservative?"
September 30, 1937
Bowen Barker '11 is engaged in the conservation of estate values through the application of exemptions and other means permitted by law. His business address is 75 Federal Street, Boston..
September 18, 1943
The newspapers carried last month an exciting story from the South Pacific. Lieutenant (jg) John F. Kennedy '40 (one of the sons of Joseph P. Kennedy '12, former ambassador to Great Britain) and 12 of his men were thrown into a blazing sea in the South Pacific on the morning of August 2, after a Japanese destroyer sliced their PT boat in half. Two of the men were lost and Kennedy personally rescued two others. The survivors reached a small coral island shortly before dawn on sections of their damaged craft. They ate all the coconuts on the island and two days later swam to another island....Natives found the group on August 5, and on the 7th a large native canoe appeared with food for the Americans. A navy rescue boat arrived shortly before midnight the same day.
April 12, 1947
Kassel Lewis '18 reports that his son, J. Anthony Lewis '48, is managing editor of the Crimson.
An item in the Boston Herald's daily column "The Lyons Den" on March 21 reports that Robert E. Sherwood '18 is giving the Oscar which he won for his screen version of The Best Years of Our Lives to his 93-year-old mother. The story says that although Mrs. Sherwood expressed no excitement when her son won the Pulitzer Prize, this latest award has aroused her enthusiasm.
June 26, 1948
From the "25 Years Ago" column in the Cambridge Chronicle-Sun of June 3, 1948: "James B. Conant ['14, Ph.D. '16], assistant professor of chemistry at Harvard, rescued Doris Aubrey of Water- town from the Charles River Thursday evening. He was walking along Mount Auburn Street, near Willard, when he heard the girl's screams. He jumped into the river and brought the girl ashore. Doctors worked over her for three hours and then pronounced her out of danger."
November 20, 1948
M.Arch. '46--Ieoh M. Pei, architect for the $4,000,000 King Wei Textile Machinery Manufacturing Corp. plant, Hangchow, China, and former assistant professor of architecture at Harvard, has joined the staff of Webb & Knapp Inc., New York, as architectural consultant for special projects.
May 28, 1949
Ph.D. '34--Ralph J. Bunche, A.B. (Univ. Cal.) '27, UN mediator for Palestine, has won the Spingarn Medal from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for the highest achievement by a U.S. Negro in 1948. For his efforts in settling the Palestine dispute and his "distinguished and unselfish service in advancing the ideals of the United Nations," he has also won the second annual award of the American Association for the United Nations.
October 8, 1949
Speaking before the Denver Rotary Club, Oscar G. Mayer '09, president of Oscar Mayer & Co., Chicago, and a member of the executive committee of the American Meat Institute, discussed the position of meat and lard in the national economy. He said there should be a greater saving of pigs per litter through the improvement of hog houses and that hogs should be marketed at lighter weights.
October 24, 1953
The Boston Sunday Globe of September 20 contained an article, "Why a Dumbbell Can No Longer Become Miss America," by Henry Grattan Doyle '11, A.M. '12, dean of Columbian College, George Washington University, who served on the panel of 10 judges who chose "Miss America of 1954."
November 28, 1953
Lord Fermoy (Maurice Roche) '09 has announced the engagement of his daughter, Frances, to Viscount Althorp, son of the Earl of Spencer.
September 29, 1962
John C. Cort '35 has completed seven months as associate Peace Corps representative to the Philippines. Mr. and Mrs. Cort and their nine children are living in Quezon City, a suburb of Manila, where the largest Peace Corps project is under way: it will soon number nearly 700 volunteers teaching English, science, and mathematics.
October 13, 1962
Casper W. Weinberger '38, LL.B. '41, has been elected chairman of the California Republican State Central Committee. Weinberger was for six years in the assembly of the California State Legislature (1952-58), and served as chairman of the assembly's Committee on Government Organization and of the joint Assembly-Senate Subcommittee on Alcoholic Beverage Control....He is a director of the Harvard Alumni Association.
Illustration by Mark Steele|
October 27, 1962
Richard J. Ward '45, Ph.D. (Univ. Mich.) '58, writes from the U.S. embassy, Amman, Jordan: "Here in the land of Moab and Bedouin, of antiquities and signs of impatient progress, we have joined the battle for economic development. Camel and Mercedes Benz pass our front door in unequal haste, and the stone chipper builds his fine home out of the rock while a passenger jet overhead probes its way into the inadequate runway. Tim, Rich, Mary, and Chris leave our palatial home to taxi to Miss Webster's international school, while Bedouin women shoo their young ones out of the black tents to seek water and weeds for the family and its goats and sheep. The contrasts are drastic everywhere, but the dash for a better life is exciting to referee and support."
October 14, 1967
After three years in the Philippines, Hugh W. Barber '60 was voluntarily reassigned to Vietnam in December 1966. He served five months as commander of the OSI detachment at Cam Ranh Bay air base, and is now assigned to the OSI headquarters in Saigon, where he heads the branch responsible for the analysis and dissemination of OSI intelligence reports in Vietnam. He has extended his tour and will remain there until July 1968.
George H. Hobson '62 writes: "Victoria and I are moving to France for at least two years...to write and, as Scripture teachers and counselors, to teach and minister in Christian groups involved in the so-called 'charismatic renewal,' a return to New Testament Christianity."
Joseph G. Raposo '58, composer and head music writer for Sesame Street, returned to his hometown of Fall River, Mass., to serve as Grand Marshal of the June 18 Bicentennial Parade.
Claire Richardson Bennett '49, who was the first woman to become president of a Harvard alumni organization, is now in her fourth year as head of the Harvard Club of Indiana. President of the Indiana chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, she writes, "I currently have all four children in college as I knuckle down to private practice as a landscape architect."
In January Patrick Butler '53, Ph.D. '68, resigned as lunar-sample curator at NASA's Johnson Space Center to join the staff of the National Organization for Women (NOW) in Washington, D.C. He works full-time on passage of the Equal Rights Amendment and in May spent two weeks in Salt Lake City as "a door-to-door ERA missionary to members of the Mormon Church."
In Lebanon, N.H., Ray Sobel '37 has begun an alternate career as artist-blacksmith, making "one-of-a-kind wrought-iron objects for house and garden. What was once a hobby has become a vocation and a business as well as a source of great pleasure." He still practices psychoanalysis part time.
From Don Hirsohn '75: "Hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine with a guitar on my back and Vic Lipman '74 by my side. This wiry old codger joins us as we rest on a log and we compare trail notes. 'Where did you boys go to school?' he finally asks. 'Up in Boston,' I mumble. It's time to leave. 'Boston, huh...which House did you live in?'"
Cornelia T. Adams '79 writes: "I wonder if I am the oldest living graduate of the class of 1979. Having originally been '54, I got my degree (at the age of 47) on the same day as my twenty-fifth reunion. When I put on that cap and gown, I liked thinking that my father, Duncan Thayer '23, and his father, John E. Thayer, class of 1885, and his father were in the Yard with me."
"I'm just living in Cambridge," confesses John P. Wauck '85, "but I will do anything to see my name in print."
Born: to Paul Fishman '79, M.D., and Mike Kurokawa, along with co-coparents Joanne Engel and Ellen Haller, a son, Daniel Roy Fishman-Engel, on September 7, 1996. Paul writes: "Daniel provides enough joy for all four parents and a host of other relatives. We're having a wonderful time having a family our queer way, and trust it will be good for Daniel, too. Despite the plethora of undergrad and grad schools attended by his parents (including his bio-mom's degree from Yale), we trust Danny will make the right decision when the time comes."
Peter L. Clateman '90 sends word that he has relocated from Tashkent to Moscow. He welcomes hearing from classmates. "I am afraid some of you will guess what has become of me by my e-mail address: 'firstname.lastname@example.org'."
Henry Chu '90 is the new Beijing bureau chief of the Los Angeles Times. He will be moving to China in June and welcomes friends and visitors, especially those bearing good books, spicy salsa, the latest videotapes, and old episodes of I Love Lucy.
Ernest Fisher '43 reports that he is "still vertical."