#139 WWII Campus Training Program Produced Junior Officers with a Practical Norwich Education

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In a previous post, we shared how the Norwich campus hosted over 1,700 trainees in the Civilian Pilot Training Program (CPTP) during World War II. Always one to rise to the occasion, the university was also one of over 200 schools that participated in the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) from 1943-1944. The ASTP curriculum was developed in 1942 in …

#138 The Only Accredited Architecture Program in Northern New England Follows in Alden Partridge’s Footsteps

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In the mid-1880s, Lewis College had just transitioned back to being called Norwich University. The school had been teetering on the brink of financial collapse just a few years prior, and had been rescued by alumnus Charles Lewis. It was during this period of recovery that Norwich offered, for the first time, a Bachelor of Architecture degree. Architectural drawing had …

#137 Professor Arthur “Pop” Peach: Beloved Teacher, Proud Vermonter, Iconic Lyricist

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Arthur Wallace “Pop” Peach was a native Vermonter to the bone, once describing himself as “hopelessly provincial.” He was born and raised in southern Vermont, graduating from Brattleboro High School and then from Middlebury College in 1904. He earned his PhD from Columbia University and later received two honorary degrees from Norwich, a master’s in 1933 and a doctorate in …

#136 “Doc” Martin, First African-American Cadet, Led the Ground School at Tuskegee Air Field

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Harold Douglas “Doc” Martin was a native of Roslindale, Massachusetts, who entered Norwich University as a cadet in 1916, the first African-American to do so. While at Norwich, Martin studied electrical engineering and was heavily involved in student life. He was the star of the varsity football team in addition to playing baseball and hockey. He was also in Mandolin …

#135 Thomas Seaver, Class of 1859, Demonstrated Valor at Spotsylvania Court House

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Thomas Orville Seaver was born just before Christmas in the small town of Cavendish, Vt., in 1833, the eldest of eight children. After a year at Tufts University, he attended Norwich from 1856 to 1858. He left the university after two years and finally graduated from Union College in 1859. Seaver was in training to become a lawyer when the …

#134 “Giving Returning Veterans the Best We Have” After WWII And Today

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In August 1945, President Homer Dodge issued a statement in the Norwich Record about veterans seeking an education at Norwich. He articulated the diverse needs of the veteran student body and pledged the university’s support for veterans of varied backgrounds and experiences. The president committed Norwich to “giving returning veterans the best we have.” The policies he implemented included allowing …

#131 For 110 Years, the Record Has Connected Alumni With Their Norwich Family

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During this festive season, we seek to connect with our loved ones near and far. That is precisely the spirit in which the Norwich Record was started 110 years ago. In 1907, the main publication regularly coming out of Norwich University was the Reveille. The Reveille was founded in 1860 by a student who owned a printing press and his …