#149 Admiral Dewey, Class of 1855, Naval Hero and Vermont Celebrity

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George Dewey was born in Vermont’s state capital of Montpelier in 1837. He attended Norwich for two years before entering the relatively new United States Naval Academy, where he graduated in 1858. He rose to the rank of lieutenant commander during his service in the Civil War. Continuing his naval career after the war, he became a national hero when …

#148 Horatio Wright, NU 1837: The Unsung Hero of the Battle of Cedar Creek

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On the morning of October 19, 1864, more than 21,000 Confederate troops descended upon the Union Army of the Shenandoah a few miles south of Winchester, Virginia. It was an early-morning surprise attack meant to throw Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan’s Union Forces off guard. The day before, Sheridan had left for Washington, D.C., for a meeting with General Ulysses S. …

#146 Pierson Mapes, Class of 1959, Propelled NBC to the Top

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The son of an advertising executive, Pierson “Pier” Mapes grew up in Sterlington, New York, a hamlet 30 miles outside of New York City. While at Norwich, Mapes majored business administration, was in the Corps of Cadets, and joined Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He assumed many leadership roles across campus, including treasurer of Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity and president …

#143 Ann Turner – More than a Librarian

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When Norwich University Head Librarian Ann Turner announced she would retire at the end of the 1990 academic year, she told the Northfield News, “My first reward will be a trip to Greece.” The intrepid Turner was learning Greek in preparation for the June trip, citing, “I want to be able to read the road signs.” And on citing, she …

#141 Sister St. Thomas: A Life Devoted to Nursing Education

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“Sister St. Thomas’ contribution to nursing was to turn generations of students into proficient nurses.” — Ronnie Sylvester-Palache, RN, MSN, FNP In decade of the 1980s, while the AIDS epidemic loomed large, nursing programs nationwide faced dire enrollment challenges, forcing many to shut down. Although it too was affected by the mass exodus from the nursing profession, Vermont College kept …

#140 Still Going Strong: Senator Francis K. Brooks – Vermont Public Servant Extraordinaire

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In September of 1963, just days after watching Martin Luther King, Jr. deliver his “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on television, Recruit Francis K. Brooks left his home outside of Washington, D.C., and arrived at Norwich for the start of his rook year. The youngest of five children born to the businessman and …

#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 …

#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 …

#128 President Charles Spooner, Only Member of His Graduating Class, Doubled the Size of Norwich

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Charles Horace Spooner was born in Charlestown, N.H. in 1858. He entered Norwich University when he was just 16 years old and completed a bachelor’s degree with an A average in only three years. He gained experience in teaching and military training at different schools before being called home to lead his alma mater in 1904. Spooner’s presidency followed the …

#126 “Hilly Chilly” Has Offered Leadership Opportunities for 70 Years

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“Climb to Conquer” is the motto of the Mountain Cold Weather (MCW) Company, established by the United States War Department in August 1947. The War Department saw the uniqueness of Norwich’s location – near mountains with severe winter temperatures – and its mission to train cadets to be officers in the Army. The first instructor assigned to Norwich was MSG …