#67 President Loring Hart Oversaw Dramatic Change at Norwich

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

Dr. Loring Hart was president of Norwich during one of the most transformational times in our history—the merger between Norwich University and Vermont College, which led to the admission of female and civilian students for the first time. A decorated veteran of World War II, his service to Norwich perfectly represents the blend of military and civilian elements that makes …

#59 Our Legacy in Norwich, Vermont

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

197 years ago this week, the first bricks were laid on the Norwich, Vt. town green for the American Military, Scientific, and Literary Academy. As we celebrate Founders Day, we take a look at the legacy that Norwich University left behind in its hometown. The Partridges were a large and prominent family in the town of Norwich. Alden Partridge was …

#57 From “Dry” to “Wet”: Norwich President Ira Reeves and Prohibition

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

Ira Reeves was president of Norwich University from 1915-1917, resigning in order to serve in World War I. But it was his career in the 1920s and 1930s, first as a prohibition administrator and later as an anti-prohibition advocate, that make him a truly fascinating figure. Reeves was born and educated in Missouri. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in …

#52 Grenville Dodge, Class of 1851: Soldier, Congressman, Civil Engineer

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

By Professor Gary Lord It is not extravagant to suggest that among Norwich alumni of the 19th century, Grenville M. Dodge was the most significant. He contributed substantially to the development of the American West and influenced the evolution of the University in its first century of growth. Entering Norwich in 1848, Dodge found the faculty filled with “enthusiasm for …

#42 The Gibson Political Dynasty

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

In the first half of the 20th century, there were two Ernest W. Gibsons who served as U.S. senators from Vermont—a father-son team, both of whom were graduates of Norwich University. Both also served as trustees of Norwich University and received honorary degrees from their alma mater. Gibson the Elder Ernest W. Gibson, Sr. studied science and literature at Norwich …

#40 Harold Denny “Soup” Campbell, Class of 1917, World’s Safest Flyer

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

In 1926, President Coolidge presented Harold Denny “Soup” Campbell, class of 1917, with the Schiff Trophy for nearly 900 hours of flight time without an accident. Newspaper headlines across the country touted him as the “world’s safest flyer.” Charles Lindbergh’s historic flight took place just one year after Campbell’s award, in 1927. “Soup” Campbell was born and raised in Waterbury, …

#39 Frank Simonetti, Class of 1984, Boston Bruin and Award-Winning Student-Athlete

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

Frank Simonetti was a 1984 graduate, an All-American hockey player while at Norwich, and a player for the Boston Bruins from 1984 to 1988. In 1985 he received the prestigious Olympia Award in recognition of his outstanding achievements as an amateur athlete during his time at Norwich. While at Norwich, Simonetti shone on both the soccer and hockey teams. As …

#35 Homer Smith Captured 30 Years of Norwich Images

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

Homer Smith served as Norwich’s official photographer for 30 years. He was a constant presence on campus during his tenure, and is remembered fondly by many alumni. His beautiful photographs, mostly black-and-white, capture the story of Norwich from approximately 1961 to 1991, a rich and fascinating time in our history. Smith was a lifelong resident of Northfield, a veteran of …

#32 Edward Dean Adams, Class of 1864, Pioneered Hydroelectric Power at Niagara Falls

Bicentennial Admin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

Edward Dean Adams is one of the 40 honorees on Norwich’s iconic Centennial Stairs. As a student in the class of 1864, he served as drill sergeant, adjutant of the Corps, and president of the cricket club. After graduating, he became one of the nation’s most influential electrical engineers. Adams worked in a wide variety of industries before becoming president …