#168 Leonard “Steamer” Nason’s War Stories

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

In the summer of 1995, the Norwich Record reprinted a short story by Leonard “Steamer” Nason, Class of 1920. The story, “Too Many Guns,” had originally appeared in the Saturday Evening Post in April 1937. The Record’s reprint was accompanied by this heartfelt editor’s note: Few Norwich cadets or alumni in the ‘20s and early ‘30s gained as much notoriety …

#167 Marine General Raymond Descheneaux Retires At Norwich

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

BGen Descheneaux graduated from Norwich University with a degree in electrical engineering and was commissioned into the Marine Corps in 1987. He first trained to fly KC-130 refueling aircraft and served with numerous Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadrons. He was the assistant air officer/forward air controller with 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) on board the USS Peleliu; the …

#165 The Story of the Spencer Memorial Mace

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

The installation on October 15th, 1982, of MG W. Russell Todd as Norwich University’s 22nd president was the occasion of the premier appearance of the Spencer Memorial Mace in an academic ceremony. The ceremonial scepter or mace represents the academic authority of the University and is carried by the senior member of the faculty. Customarily a mace precedes an academic …

#164 Frederick Lander, the “Great Natural American Soldier”

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

When Brigadier General Frederick William Lander died in 1862, his death was the occasion of national mourning. President Lincoln attended his funeral, and 20,000 spectators lined a two-mile section of Pennsylvania Avenue to pay their respects to the first Union general officer to die during the Civil War. At the time of his death, Frederick Lander was one of the …

#163 Norwich Cybersecurity Students Helped Keep Super Bowl 50 Safe

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Norwich Was There

The Norwich University computer security and information assurance (CSIA) program, with students operating both onsite in California and on campus, supported Santa Clara Police Department, the lead law enforcement agency at Super Bowl 50, and the law enforcement and homeland security functions leading up to and during this international sporting event. Norwich University was the only educational institution invited to …

#161 Harry Bates Thayer, Telecommunications Giant

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

The American Telephone and Telegraph Company— now known as AT&T—held a monopoly on American telecommunications for nearly a century. Established by Alexander Graham Bell in 1885, AT&T was essentially the only provider of phones and phone lines in the country until an anti-trust case broke it up in 1982. Harry Bates Thayer, a member of the Norwich class of 1877, …

#159 Partridge’s Protégé and Rival: The Life of Truman Bishop Ransom

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

Past “200 Things About Norwich” features have highlighted the myth of Truman Ransom coining the Norwich University motto during the Battle of Chapultepec and the legacy of his three sons who attended Norwich in the 1840s, ’50s, and ’60s. Now we turn to the man himself—Truman Bishop Ransom, protégé of Captain Alden Partridge and the second president of Norwich University. …