#31 Making International Connections with the Russian School

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The Russian School of Norwich University was a prestigious summer intensive program that ran for 33 years, from 1968 to 2000. Peak enrollment reached nearly 300 students as interest in Russian flourished during the Cold War years. Each summer, the campus became a hotbed of culture and activity as students from all over the country came together to learn about …

#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 …

#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 …