#41 Memories of Dodge and Jackman

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Fun Facts & Stats

By Martin Suydam, Class of 1965 In the late 1800s, Norwich University consisted of two imposing structures on “The Hill”—Jackman and Dodge Halls. Today, with 53 buildings and counting, the campus evokes pride in all graduates. The buildings of Norwich, both past and present, have generated a lot of memories over the years. Much has changed about both the buildings …

#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 …

#38 The Move to Northfield

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The South Barracks, Norwich University’s principal building at the original Norwich, Vermont campus, burned nearly to the ground on March 13th, 1866. No historical records mention deaths or injuries associated with the fire. In an April board meeting that year, the trustees resolved that they would endeavor to keep the university in Norwich if possible, but if not, they would …

#37 The Space Research Institute Brought Space-Age Innovation to Vermont

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Norwich University has always been on the cutting edge of technological education, beginning with its pioneering engineering curriculum in the 1820s. In the late 1960s, the world of science and technology was exploring a new frontier: outer space. The Norwich trustees voted in 1967 to partner with the Space Research Corporation to offer graduate and undergraduate degrees in aerospace studies. …

#36 Henry Clay Wood, Class of 1856, Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient

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Brigadier General Henry Clay Wood is one of the distinguished alumni of Norwich University who has received our nation’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor, for his service in the Civil War. Following pre-war Army service on the frontiers of Texas, he was wounded in the head at the Battle of Wilson Creek in Missouri. His valor was recognized …

#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 …

#34 Norwich on the Cutting Edge of Computing Technology

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In January 1962, Norwich entered the digital age when an IBM Model 1620 computer was installed in Norwich University’s new Computer Center. It was purchased to “provide Norwich students with the most up-to-date apparatus for solving the complex problems of space-age science and engineering education.” The IBM 1620 was about the size of an upright piano, and was run using an …

#33 The Norwich Red Socks Take the Ice

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Norwich’s hockey team was started in February 1909 by a group of restless cadets who were looking for something to do during the winter months. The eight skaters called themselves the “Norwich Red Socks,” and won two out of the three games they played that year before the ice began to melt. With no indoor athletic facility existing on campus …

#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 …