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

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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

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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

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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

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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 …

#29 Taraknath Das, Class of 1911, Fought for Indian Independence

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Taraknath Das was an Indian intellectual and reformer who fought tirelessly for the independence of his country. He attended Norwich University from 1908 to 1909 and advocated for more people from India to seek higher education so that they could bring about liberation from the British Empire. In spite of his commitment to a peaceful political process, the British and …

#27 Alden Partridge at West Point

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Though Alden Partridge’s departure from the United States Military Academy at West Point was controversial, his 15-year affiliation with that institution was a crucial formative period during which he developed many of the ideas and values that would guide him upon founding Norwich University. Partridge entered Dartmouth College in 1802, but left at the beginning of his senior year when …

#23 Robert F. McDermott: A maverick in education, insurance and basketball

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When Robert F. McDermott, NU Class of 1941, became the first dean of the U.S. Air Force Academy, he took some lessons from Alden Partridge’s playbook. General McDermott created the first service academy program that blended military training with the “whole person” concept. Like Norwich founder Captain Partridge, General McDermott emerged as a pioneer in higher and military education. After …

#20 General Dwight Eisenhower addressed Norwich commencement in 1946

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The Norwich University commencement exercises of 1946 were an auspicious occasion. Dubbed the “Victory Commencement,” it marked the completion of the first regular academic year following World War II. In fact, it was the first full-fledged commencement ceremony to be held since 1941. The occasion attracted a prominent commencement speaker: Army Chief of Staff and former Supreme Allied Commander of …

#19 Glen Leet ‘30: Founder of Trickle Up

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Shortly after his graduation from Norwich University in 1930, Glen Leet began an extraordinary 60-year career in public service. Originally from Brockton, Mass., Leet became a field representative for the American Public Welfare Administration, where he helped draft many of the social welfare laws during the Great Depression. In 1944 he was appointed by the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation …