#112 Summer School Brought Engineers Closer to Partridge for 70 Years

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Fun Facts & Stats

For over 70 years, from approximately 1899 to 1970, summer school was a requirement for all civil engineering students at Norwich to gain practical experience in the field. It was a natural extension of Alden Partridge’s “American system” of education. The sessions ranged in length from three to five weeks, and were at various times offered to rising sophomores, juniors, …





#111 Two Campus Football Tragedies Sparked Major Change

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

In 1907 and 1913, the Norwich community experienced a pair of back-to-back tragedies that highlighted a national trend: the dangers of football. In September 1907, Norwich senior and team manager Leonard Clarkson was playing in a game against Dartmouth when he suffered a blow to the abdomen. It aggravated an existing intestinal condition and resulted in his death two days …





#110 – Major General Seth Williams, Class of 1903, Helped Shape the Modern Marine Corps

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By Gary Appleby ‘90 On April 1, 1917, only five days before formally entering the war, the Commandant of the Marine Corps appointed a three-man board to “recommend a site in the Washington area for a temporary training camp and maneuver field for the Marine Corps.” America was preparing to enter the war and needed freshly trained Marines, a place …





#109 Rudy Treml, Class of 1962, Was Among the First to Touch the Moon

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Norwich Was There

When the United States took aviation into space, Norwich was there. Norwich-trained engineers served on crews designing the Apollo spacecraft as well as the Space Shuttles in later decades. In 1969, when Apollo 11 returned to Earth, a Norwich graduate was one of the first to handle the extraterrestrial rocks. Rudy Treml (formerly Rudolph E. Beinstein), Class of 1962, was …





#108 – A Friendship Between Industrialists Gave Us Norwich Carnegie Library

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When General Grenville Dodge announced at an alumni banquet in 1905 that his friend Andrew Carnegie had pledged $50,000 for a new library building, it came as a complete surprise to the University community. Grenville Dodge became acquainted with Andrew Carnegie through the railroad business in the 1870s. Carnegie was involved in railroads before turning his attention to steel, where …





#107 Brigadier General Charles Coolidge, Class of 1863, Served in Five Major Conflicts

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Brigadier General Charles Coolidge was a native of Boston, Massachusetts and a descendent of Revolutionary War patriots. He attended Norwich University from 1859 to 1861 before enlisting in the 16th U.S. Infantry as a humble private. This would be the first of five major conflicts in which Coolidge would serve his country: the Civil War, the Indian Wars, the Spanish-American …





#106 The Cadet’s Creed Rings True for 90 Years

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“I believe that the cardinal virtues of the individual are courage, honesty, temperance and wisdom; and that the true measure of success is service rendered—to God, to Country, and to Mankind.” These words are intimately familiar to every man and woman who has claimed membership in the Norwich University Corps of Cadets for the last 90 years. The Norwich Cadet’s …





#105 Edward Hale Brooks, Class of 1916, Led the “Hell On Wheels” Division on Omaha Beach

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Edward Hale Brooks was one of three Norwich men to command the 2nd Armored Division during World War II. He led the so-called “Hell On Wheels” division into action at Omaha Beach and received numerous military decorations including the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Distinguished Service Medal. Brooks was a native of Concord, New Hampshire. He graduated from Norwich in …





#104 The First Norwich Alumni Club Started in 1852

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The first formal organization of Norwich University alumni was established in 1852 under the name Norwich University Friendship Club. The founding document was signed by 17 members, with 11 honorary members listed, including Grenville Dodge and two of the Ransom brothers. The signatories sought to “voluntarily organize ourselves for the purpose of keeping in remembrance those friendly feelings, and that …





#103 Harmon Statue Sculptor Designed the Korean War Memorial

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Norwich Was There

Adapted from an article by Paul Heller that appeared in The Bridge on November 19, 2009. In 1986, Norwich University dedicated a memorial to Major General and University President Ernest Harmon that was created by local sculptor Frank Gaylord. Nine years later, in 1995, Gaylord’s most famous work was dedicated—19 stainless steel statues of soldiers representing a platoon on patrol, …