#97 Mike Thomas Brown, From Rehabilitation to World Champion

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

It’s called mixed martial arts, although people unfamiliar with one of the world’s fastest-growing sports might view it as mayhem. It’s a fast, intense combat sport, and many call it brutal. Mike Brown is one if its stars, winning the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) featherweight title in November 2008 in a first-round knockout over defending champion Urijah Faber. A native …

#96 Colonel Frank Tompkins Led Norwich’s Cavalry Charge

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

Frank Tompkins was born in Washington, D.C., the son of a Civil War general who commanded the 1st Vermont Cavalry. His 32 years of service with the U.S. Army included stations in Cuba, the Philippines, Mexico and France. He became well-known for his pursuit of Mexican revolutionary Francisco “Pancho” Villa during the Mexican Revolution. Tompkins’ men helped beat back Villa’s …

#95 Junior Rings Keep Tradition Alive

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

By Gary Appleby ‘90 In the early days of March 1923, the senior class at Norwich University adopted one of the most cherished of all university traditions—the Norwich University Corps of Cadets class ring. While the adoption of a formally recognized class ring tradition had been discussed by several prior classes, it was the Class of 1923 which finally acted. …

#93 Norwich University in WWI

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Norwich Was There

April 2017 marks the centennial of the United States’ 1917 entry into World War I, a bloody conflict that had been waging in Europe since 1914. As they always have, Norwich men stepped up when called to serve. Though the U.S. was involved in the war for 18 months, the impact on Norwich University was extensive. In turn, Norwich had …

#92 Edmund Rice Received the Medal of Honor for Bravery at Gettysburg

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Military Milestones

Edmund Rice was a native of Cambridge, Mass. who attended Norwich for nearly three years beginning in 1856. In 1861, at the age of 19, he mustered into the 19th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, embarking upon a lifelong career of service to his country. He is best remembered for receiving the Medal of Honor while repelling Pickett’s Charge during the Battle …

#91 Colby Military Writers Symposium

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Norwich Firsts

The William E. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium was created as an opportunity to expose students, faculty, alumni, and the public to the works and views of nationally-known authors, historians, and journalists. It aspires to educate, enlighten, and inspire. In 1996, President Emeritus Russell Todd ’50, then-staff member Ed Tracy, and alumnus and author Carlo D’Este ’59 conceived of an event …

#90 Rev. John Thomas Was a University President During Two World Wars

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

The Rev. John Thomas was born in Fort Covington, N.Y., graduating from Middlebury College in 1890 and from Union Theological Seminary in 1893. He spent 15 years as a Presbyterian minister in New Jersey before becoming president of Middlebury in 1908. He served in that capacity for 13 years, leading the college through World War I. After the armistice, he …

#89 Baseball, Norwich’s Oldest Sport

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Norwich Firsts

Though pickup games may have been played earlier, Norwich University formally fielded its first baseball team in either 1871 or 1872, depending who’s telling the story. A group of cadets got the idea to challenge the Dartmouth College boys to what was already known as the “national game” or the “national pastime.” Baseball as we know it today was first …

#88 Norwich’s Engineering Legacy

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Norwich Firsts

Alden Partridge commissioned as a first lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers in 1807, just five years after the Corps was established by President Thomas Jefferson in 1802. The Corps was to be stationed at West Point, and was an integral part of the military academy there. Thus, West Point became the first engineering school in the country—but not …