#188 Alden Partridge’s Nephew Carried On the Family Legacy at Norwich

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

Alden Partridge does not have any living biological descendants. One of his sons died as a teenager, and the other never married. However, the Partridge family was sprawling and influential in the region of Norwich, Vt. Our founder was one of seven children, and a number of his many relatives were involved with the affairs of the American Literary, Scientific, …

#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 …

#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 …

#164 Frederick Lander, the “Great Natural American Soldier”

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

When Brigadier General Frederick William Lander died in 1862, his death was the occasion of national mourning. President Lincoln attended his funeral, and 20,000 spectators lined a two-mile section of Pennsylvania Avenue to pay their respects to the first Union general officer to die during the Civil War. At the time of his death, Frederick Lander was one of the …

#159 Partridge’s Protégé and Rival: The Life of Truman Bishop Ransom

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

Past “200 Things About Norwich” features have highlighted the myth of Truman Ransom coining the Norwich University motto during the Battle of Chapultepec and the legacy of his three sons who attended Norwich in the 1840s, ’50s, and ’60s. Now we turn to the man himself—Truman Bishop Ransom, protégé of Captain Alden Partridge and the second president of Norwich University. …