#28 Two Schools Forever Changed: The Merger of Norwich University and Vermont College

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On January 7, 1972, the agreement was signed to merge Norwich University with Vermont College, then a two-year women’s college located in Montpelier. The result was Norwich’s dramatic transformation into a co-educational institution, with civilian students learning alongside the traditional Corps of Cadets. As they entered the 1970s, Norwich University and Vermont College both faced declining student populations. Vermont College …

#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 …

#26 Linda Eastman VC ’61 Married Paul McCartney

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Linda Eastman came to Vermont College in 1959 from Scarsdale High School in suburban New York. At that time, Vermont College was a junior college, offering two-year programs in subjects like secretarial science. Eight years later, in March of 1969, Eastman did what she is perhaps best known for: In the midst of the Beatlemania craze, she married Paul McCartney. …

#24 Partridge’s Academy at Middletown

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Within a decade of its founding, the American Literary, Scientific, and Military Academy took a sojourn south. For four years, from 1825 to 1829, the Academy was located in Middletown, Connecticut. Unsuccessful at obtaining a charter from the State of Connecticut, it reopened in Norwich, Vermont in 1831 and was chartered as Norwich University just three years later. When Alden …

#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 …

#22 Russell W. Porter: Telescope Maker

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Russell Williams Porter was enthralled by the questions that swirl in a thoughtful man’s mind when he contemplates the stars. Porter, who attended Norwich from 1889-1890, is regarded as “the father of the amateur telescope movement.” Among his life achievements was designing the 200-inch Hale telescope at Mount Palomar, California. A native of Springfield, Vt., Russell Porter was an architect …

#21 Lieutenant Colonel Harold Watson, NU ’40, Pilots B25 on Doolittle’s Raid

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In the months following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt was looking for something to give the American people a boost in morale for what was expected to be a long war both in Europe and the Pacific. The Navy and Army Air Corps presented a plan that became famously known as “Doolittle’s Raid.” It was a yet …

#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 …