#117 Norwich Felt the Impact of the Great Depression But Remained Strong

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  As with many national events, Norwich remained both removed from and deeply affected by the depression. In large part, life on campus carried on as usual, with academics, athletic contests, cadet training, and social events at the forefront. But national events have a way of seeping in. Enrollment began to decline. Seniors worried gravely about their employment prospects after …

#116 Student Organization Responsible for 9/11 Memorial

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The initiative is spearheaded by the political science student organization POLITEIA, a decades-old club that has been sponsoring the planting of 9/11 remembrance flags since 2008. The club’s mission is to promote interest in political affairs through research, professional opportunities, leadership, and current events. The first 9/11 remembrance ceremony to be held on campus was just days after the attacks, …

#115 Michael Mori, Class of 1991, Defended an Innocent Guantanamo Detainee

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When Major Michael Dante Mori ’91 first learned he would be defending “Guantanamo Detainee Number 002,” he was expecting what then U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld described as “among the most dangerous, best trained, vicious killers on the face of the Earth”—someone who likely had been involved in the 9/11 attacks. Then he met David Hicks: a 5-ft., 2-in. …

#114 An 88-Year-Old Rivalry Returns to Sabine Field

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The “Little Army-Navy Game” was first contested between Norwich University and the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1929. That year, Norwich defeated Coast Guard, whose team name was then the Seamen, with a hard-won victory of 7 to 0. Though the game was tough, the cadets intermingled jovially after the game, with the Coast Guard cadets staying on campus …

#113 William Rutherford Mead Shaped the Landscape of New York City

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William Rutherford Mead was born and raised in Brattleboro, Vermont. He attended Norwich from 1861 to 1863, after which he joined up with the 14th New Hampshire Volunteers to serve in the Civil War. Norwich would later grant him an honorary master’s degree in 1910. Following his Civil War service, Mead completed his bachelor’s degree at Amherst College and trained …

#112 Summer School Brought Engineers Closer to Partridge for 70 Years

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For over 70 years, from approximately 1899 to 1970, summer school was a requirement for all civil engineering students at Norwich to gain practical experience in the field. It was a natural extension of Alden Partridge’s “American system” of education. The sessions ranged in length from three to five weeks, and were at various times offered to rising sophomores, juniors, …

#111 Two Campus Football Tragedies Sparked Major Change

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In 1907 and 1913, the Norwich community experienced a pair of back-to-back tragedies that highlighted a national trend: the dangers of football. In September 1907, Norwich senior and team manager Leonard Clarkson was playing in a game against Dartmouth when he suffered a blow to the abdomen. It aggravated an existing intestinal condition and resulted in his death two days …

#110 – Major General Seth Williams, Class of 1903, Helped Shape the Modern Marine Corps

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By Gary Appleby ‘90 On April 1, 1917, only five days before formally entering the war, the Commandant of the Marine Corps appointed a three-man board to “recommend a site in the Washington area for a temporary training camp and maneuver field for the Marine Corps.” America was preparing to enter the war and needed freshly trained Marines, a place …

#109 Rudy Treml, Class of 1962, Was Among the First to Touch the Moon

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When the United States took aviation into space, Norwich was there. Norwich-trained engineers served on crews designing the Apollo spacecraft as well as the Space Shuttles in later decades. In 1969, when Apollo 11 returned to Earth, a Norwich graduate was one of the first to handle the extraterrestrial rocks. Rudy Treml (formerly Rudolph E. Beinstein), Class of 1962, was …

#108 – A Friendship Between Industrialists Gave Us Norwich Carnegie Library

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When General Grenville Dodge announced at an alumni banquet in 1905 that his friend Andrew Carnegie had pledged $50,000 for a new library building, it came as a complete surprise to the University community. Grenville Dodge became acquainted with Andrew Carnegie through the railroad business in the 1870s. Carnegie was involved in railroads before turning his attention to steel, where …