#182 George Totten, Class of 1827, Built the Panama Railroad

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George Muirson Totten attended Captain Partridge’s American Literary, Scientific, and Military Academy from 1824 to 1827. He was a native of nearby New Haven, Conn., and attended the prestigious Hopkins School before entering the Academy. Though Totten’s hometown was very close to Middletown, Conn., where the Academy moved while he was a student, he initially traveled to Norwich, Vt., to …

#181 The International Conflict That Called Up Norwich Students Before WWI

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What became known as the Mexican Border Crisis of the 1910s is often overshadowed by another massive international conflict—World War I. But at the time, more than half of the Norwich student body volunteered to serve in the campaign at the southern U.S. border. A series of military engagements took place on the U.S.-Mexico border during the Mexican Revolution of …

#180 The Story of the Alden Partridge Lithograph

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In addition to depicting our founder, this unique color lithograph is an important artistic representation of our university’s historic campus in Norwich, Vt.—even if it did include some artistic license. The lithographic plate was designed to illustrate a two-page biographical sketch of the captain that appeared in the U.S. Military Magazine in May of 1842. At the time the Partridge …

#178 This Montpelier Seminary Graduate Was FDR’s Physical Therapist

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When Alice Lou Plastridge-Converse celebrated her 100th birthday in 1989, she was the oldest living Vermont College alumna, having received her diploma from the college’s predecessor institution Montpelier Seminary in 1908. She started working as a physical therapist in 1914, making valuable contributions in the treatment of polio in the days before vaccines were available. One of her patients in …

#176 Armistice Centennial: 200 Years of Norwich Service in Conflict

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Sunday, November 11, marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended the bloody fighting of World War I. Many Norwich men, some of whom we have highlighted in this series, made brave sacrifices to serve in that conflict, some making the ultimate sacrifice. Service and sacrifice have always been watchwords of Norwich University. After Captain Partridge …

#175 Steve Palermo, Class of 1971, a Hero and former MLB Umpire

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Steve Palermo was a native of Worcester, Mass. who attended Norwich and two other institutions of higher education before finding his true calling at Major League Baseball’s highly competitive umpiring school in Florida. He first discovered a love of umpiring when he umpired for local amateur leagues to pick up some extra cash during high school and college. After completing …

#174 Ten Years of the Todd Lecture Series

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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

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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 …