#174 Ten Years of the Todd Lecture Series

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

President Emeritus Major General W. Russell Todd ‘50 made a deep impact on Norwich during his time as president. His late wife, known affectionately as Carol, was also a beloved and influential figure during his tenure from 1982 to 1992. Her many contributions include the founding of the Peace Corps Preparatory Program, which became a model for similar programs at …

#173 Birthday of a Norwich Landmark

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Norwich Firsts

Today, the landscape of Norwich University is characterized by many cascading stairways that help us navigate our hilly terrain. Unmistakably, the multi-landing staircase that leads from the walkway near the newly finished Mack Hall to the Upper Parade and Jackman stands not only as a daily route for foot traffic but as a monument. But when planning got under way …

#171 Looking Back at the Centennial Celebration

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

For the last four years, Norwich University has been preparing to celebrate the bicentennial of its founding in 2019. Ninety-nine years ago this month, the Norwich community came together for a five-day celebration marking the 1919 centennial of Captain Alden Partridge’s American Literary, Scientific, and Military Academy. The festivities were attended by prominent alumni, former presidents, presidents of other esteemed …

#170 This Beloved Professor and Coach Advanced PE At Norwich

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

Dr. Wallace “Wally” Baines was a native of Derby, Conn., and a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard (and would be referred to fondly as “The Maj” during his time at Norwich). Following his service, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education and became a public school teacher in Arizona. He was nearly finished with his doctorate in education …

#169 William H. Russell, Class of 1828, Founded an Infamous Society

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

William Huntington Russell was a native of Middletown, Conn., and the descendent of an old Connecticut family—his ancestor Noadiah Russell was a founding trustee of Yale College. Russell’s life story reflects this family history as well as the influence of his mentor, Captain Alden Partridge. He studied at the American Literary, Scientific, and Military Academy between 1826 and 1828, when …

#168 Leonard “Steamer” Nason’s War Stories

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

In the summer of 1995, the Norwich Record reprinted a short story by Leonard “Steamer” Nason, Class of 1920. The story, “Too Many Guns,” had originally appeared in the Saturday Evening Post in April 1937. The Record’s reprint was accompanied by this heartfelt editor’s note: Few Norwich cadets or alumni in the ‘20s and early ‘30s gained as much notoriety …

#167 Marine General Raymond Descheneaux Retires At Norwich

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

BGen Descheneaux graduated from Norwich University with a degree in electrical engineering and was commissioned into the Marine Corps in 1987. He first trained to fly KC-130 refueling aircraft and served with numerous Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadrons. He was the assistant air officer/forward air controller with 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) on board the USS Peleliu; the …

#165 The Story of the Spencer Memorial Mace

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

The installation on October 15th, 1982, of MG W. Russell Todd as Norwich University’s 22nd president was the occasion of the premier appearance of the Spencer Memorial Mace in an academic ceremony. The ceremonial scepter or mace represents the academic authority of the University and is carried by the senior member of the faculty. Customarily a mace precedes an academic …