Amherst College Class of 1941 - 65th Reunion
65th Reunion Book - Amherst College Class of 1941
May 31 – June 4, 2006
Table of Contents
Introduction, Acknowledgements, and Dedication (page 1)
Reunion Book Letter of January 16, 2006 (page 2)
*Reunion Chairman Win Firman (page 3)
*Class President Bob Bidwell (page 4)
*Amherst College President Anthony Marx (page 5)
Completed Reply Forms from Classmates and Widows (page 6)
*Highlights of Past 5 Years (2001-2006)
*Other Information I’d Like to Share With the Class of 1941
A. Major Historical Events from 1936 to 1946 (page 68)
B.1 Key people involved in the 12 Reunions of the Class of 1941 (page 70)
B.2 Reunion Statistics, 1971 - 2006 (page 70)
B.3 Class Secretaries, 1941 - 2006 (page 70)
C. Living Alumni of the Class of 1941 (page 71)
D. Active Widows of the Class of 1941 (page 73)
E. Deceased Alumni of the Class of 1941 (page 75)
INTRODUCTION TO THE 65TH REUNION BOOK
FOR THE AMHERST COLLEGE CLASS OF 1941
Because I found it so satisfying to edit our class’s 45th, 50th, and 60th Reunion Books, I volunteered to also edit this 65th (and probably the last) of such Books.
We did the initial planning for the Book at Win Firman’s house during Amherst’s Fall 2005 Homecoming. Participating in that planning session were Class President Bob Bidwell, Class Secretary Hank Prickitt, 40th Reunion Chairman Charlie Allen, 2006 Reunion Chairman Win Firman, and our original Alumni Office liaison Sue Dickman. (After Sue left Amherst College for a similar job with the Five-College Consortium, I continued to receive outstanding help, particularly on Appendices B, C, D, and E, from her successors, Kevin Graber and Christopher Kuipers).
Professor Robert F. Grose, a Yale graduate who taught Psychology at Amherst from 1950-1992, also joined us at Homecoming concerning a possible Reunion Weekend bus tour. Bob was also the person who suggested that we use “The Timetables of History” by Bernard Grun as the source of pertinent information about the years that our class entered Amherst, served in World War II, etc. (See Appendix A, “Major Historical Events from 1936 to 1946).
Win Firman suggested most of the capitalized headlines in that Appendix (e.g. 1937 – OUR CLASS ENTERS AMHERST COLLEGE BLISSFULLY UNAWARE OF THE IMPACT GERMANY AND JAPAN WILL HAVE ON OUR FUTURE). Thus, Appendix A reminds us of what was going on in the wider world from 1936 (when we applied to Amherst) through 1946 (when most of us returned from military service to civilian life).
I also call your special attention to Appendix B. Section B.1 reminds us of all of the classmates and Alumni Office staff who have been involved in planning our 12 official reunions. Section B.2 indicates how well our class has participated in these reunions. And Section B.3 recognizes our seven class secretaries who have kept us in touch with each other via the Amherst Alumni Quarterly.
We are told by the Alumni Office that the number of people to attend a 65th Amherst College Reunion has never exceeded 40 individuals. It is my hope and expectation that our class of 1941 will definitely surpass that record!
I sincerely thank the 44 classmates and the 11 widows who generously provided the information about themselves and their families that is printed in the heart of this Book -- namely the “Completed Reply Forms from Classmates and Widows”. And finally, I thank my wife, Mary, for allowing me to spend the countless enjoyable hours that were required to produce what I hope will be a valuable record for all concerned!
At the suggestion of those who helped in the initial planning of this Book, it is dedicated primarily to the memory of the following six members of our class who lost their lives during World War II: Phillip Beamon, Arthur Daub, James Feasley, Howell Murray, Halley Seller, and John Simonson. We also dedicate this Book to the memory of the approximately 150 classmates who have died since then. In that connection, it is gratifying that so many of their widows have maintained their connection with our class and with the College.
Dave Johnson, Editor
March 11, 2006
January 16, 2006
Dear 1941 Classmates and Widows:
I sincerely hope that you will take the opportunity of completing the enclosed Reply Form for inclusion in our class’s 65th Reunion Book. Since this will undoubtedly be the last Reunion Book for our class, this is your “golden opportunity” to provide the highlights of your past five years and to share any other information that you think would be of interest to our class.
You will note that Section A of the enclosed Reply Form requests your current identifying information. Although your typed response is preferable, printing is also acceptable. Kindly, be sure to include your email address if you have one. For our class now has a web page (www.amherst.edu/alumni), where we will include updates about our reunion, etc.
Section B provides you with the opportunity to summarize the highlights of the past five years (from 2001 to 2006) since our 60th Reunion. Please feel free to share information about not only yourself but about members of your family (including those children and grandchildren of whom you are so proud).
Kindly use Section C to share with our class any other information about you and/or your family that you think would be of interest. One possibility would be to trace your (and/or your spouse’s) development from the time of entering Amherst to the present day.
You will note that the deadline for returning your completed Reply Form to me (in the enclosed reply envelope) is Wednesday, February 15. (Or it could be emailed to me by no later than Friday, February 17).
It is planned to have copies of the Reunion Book printed up for all 78 of our active living classmates and for all 51 of our active widows. These books are currently scheduled to be mailed to you by our Alumni Office on or about Friday, March 17 -- in plenty of time to “whet your appetite” even further for attending our great Reunion from May 31-June 4.
Also enclosed to “whet your appetite” for both the Reunion Book and for the Reunion itself are drafts of the Book’s Table of Contents and of the historical appendix. Other appendices will include information about both our classmates and about their widows.
If you have any questions about completing your Reunion Reply Form, please feel free to contact me by phone: 781-444-5598 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reunion Book Editor
Dear Members of the Great Warrior Class of 1941,
Your classmate and Vice President, Dave Johnson, was kind enough to invite me to write a few words on the occasion of your 65th reunion. Let me start by saying congratulations! Welcome back to Amherst and your many memories of your years as undergraduates here–including the hurricane of ‘38.
You spent your college years on the cusp of World War II. Indeed, of 195 graduates, 156 of you went on to serve in the war effort, several of whom made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us. The graceful circular monument atop Memorial Hill daily reminds us of the debts we owe for our freedom. After the war you distributed yourselves across a broad array of careers–business, law, medicine, public service, the academy, and other distinguished pursuits. In the more than 65 years since you entered Amherst you have witnessed and contributed to the enormous social, political, and technological advancements that have changed and enriched our world.
You will find much has changed here on campus as well–building on the solid foundation that you knew as undergraduates. Physically, you will see that North and South have been restored to their historical significance; the former Pratt Museum is being converted into a first-year dormitory that will be our largest dorm and most dramatic when the original truss work is exposed, and what was the Pratt Museum is now housed in the extraordinary new Earth Sciences and Museum of Natural History Building. I hope you will visit it. James and Stearns were razed and rebuilt into incredibly beautiful new structures to the delight of first-year students and their families. And Pratt and Morrow are currently undergoing renovations.
Some things remain unchanged: our commitment to providing Amherst students with an intensive education that engages the heart as well as the mind; our commitment to serving those whom society has traditionally overlooked; and our sense of obligation to the world beyond the borders of our campus. The last four years have been a time of self-examination and reflection about what Amherst education is and can be. We have spent considerable time in this last year thinking and planning how to continue to build on those important elements of our very foundation. If you have not already read the online report of our long-range planning group, the Committee on Academic Priorities, I urge you to do so. This planning process has sparked an extraordinary intergenerational dialogue about both Amherst’s educational practices in various decades and our enduring values. As well, I urge you to add your voice and thoughts about the best ways to continue to move forward.
I have had the pleasure of meeting many of you at Amherst, across the country, and around the world. I look forward to seeing you again and to meeting other Warriors at the Class of ‘41 Reunion.
Anthony W. Marx
Historical Context of the 1936-1946 Experiences of the
Amherst College Class of 1941*
WE FINISH HIGH SCHOOL/PREP SCHOOL AS HITLER AND A RE-ARMED GERMANY
THREATEN WORLD PEACE
*German troops occupy the Rhineland; elections give Hitler 99% of the vote
*Jesse Owens wins 4 gold medals at Berlin Olympics
*Spanish Civil War begins in July
*Franklin Delano Roosevelt reelected President by landslide
*Bruno Richard Hauptman convicted of kidnapping and slaying Lindbergh baby
OUR CLASS ENTERS AMHERST COLLEGE BLISSFULLY UNAWARE OF THE IMPACT
GERMANY AND JAPAN WILL HAVE ON OUR FUTURE
*Japanese seize Chinese cities
*Amelia Earhart lost on Pacific flight
*Disaster of dirigible “Hindenburg” at Lakehurst, NJ
WE RUSH IN FROM FALL SPORTS PRACTICE AS A HUGE HURRICANE HITS THE
NORTHEAST, RESULTING IN 600 DEATHS AND OVER $4 BILLION IN DAMAGES
*Germans invade Austria
*Orson Welles’s “War of the Worlds” causes considerable panic
*Only 20,000 T sets are in service in New York City
OUR FEARS FOR THE YEARS JUST AHEAD GROW AS WORLD WAR II BEGINS
*Britain and France declare war on Germany on 9/3/39
*Spanish Civil War ends
*Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” is translated into English
*Frank Buchman reforms the Oxford Group as “Moral Rearmament”
MANY ‘41ERS MAKE TENTATIVE INQUIRIES OF THE MILITARY AS CONGRESS PASSES
THE SELECTIVE SERVICE ACT
G*ermany invades Norway, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, and Luxembourg
*Churchill becomes Prime Minister of Great Britain
*FDR is reelected President for the third time, defeating Wendell Willkie
*U.S. Destroyers sold to Great Britain
MORE UNIFORMS APPEAR ON CAMPUS AS WE GRADUATE FROM AMHERST COLLEGE;
SOME OF US ENLIST & /OR MARRY COLLEGE SWEETHEARTS
*Japan bombs Pearl Harbor on 12/7/41; U.S. and Britain declare war on Japan on 12/8/41
*“Manhattan Project” of intensive atomic research begins
*Joe DeMaggio hits safely in 56 consecutive baseball games
*More than 100,000 Japanese-Americans are moved from our West coast to inland camps
*First computer developed in the U.S. ; magnetic recording tape is invented
*Boston’s Coconut Grove Fire results in 487 deaths
*Rationing of sugar, gas, coffee, etc.
Murder of millions of Jews in Nazi gas chambers begins
*Eisenhower announced Italy’s unconditional surrender on 9/8/03
*“Oklahoma” starts its 2,748 consecutive performances
*Penicillin and streptomycin re produced
*Infantile Paralysis epidemic kills 1,200 in U.S. and cripples thousands more
*D-Day landings in Normandy start on June 6
*U.S. troops land in the Philippines
*FDR is reelected for his fourth term
*“Battle of the Bulge” begins
*FDR is succeeded by Vice-President Harry Truman
*V-E day ends war in Europe on 5/8/45
*U.S, drops atomic bombs on Hiroshima on 8/6/45 and on Nagasaki on 8/9/45
*Japan surrenders on 8/14/05 ( World War II war dead estimated at 35 million plus 10 million in Nazi concentration camps)
OUR VERY SMALL “UNOFFICIAL FIFTH REUNION” CELEBRATES SURVIVORS OF THE
GREAT WAR, MOURNS LOST CLASSMATES, AND SHARES NEWS OF
STARTING CAREERS AND RAISING FAMILIES
*UN General Assembly holds first session in London; NYC declared permanent UN headquarters
*Churchill’s “Iron Curtain “ speech in Fulton, MO
*Truman creates Atomic Energy Commission
*Verdict of the Nuremberg Tribunal is announced
*Xerography process invented (see 1994 book,“Copies in Seconds” by David Owens)
NOTE: Historical items selected by Dave Johnson from “The Timetables of History” by Bernard Grum. Headlines povided by our 65th Reunion Chairman Win Firman.
Appendix G: Alumni (as of May 2006) Who Died Since
the 60th Reunion of the Amherst Class of 1941
(Listed by the order in which they died)
Name of Classmate, Date of Death, Issue of Amherst Magazine containing his “In Memory”
Ernest Eddy, Jr., 2001-05-26
John Chapman, 2001-08-11, Winter 2002
John Smith, 2002-01-20
Al Lee, 2002-02-20, Summer 2002
Arthur Meyers, 2002-03-09, Fall 2002
Sam Craft, Jr., 2002-06-07, Fall 2002
Dick Church, 2002-08-03, Fall 2002
Bill Shaw, 2002-10-07
Ted Fowler III, 2002-10-11, Winter 2003
Harman Hawkins, 2002-12-17, Spring 2003
Tom Skeel, 2003-08-07, Fall/Winter 2003
Mac Waller, 2003-10-15, Winter 2004
Bob Nininger, 2004-01-12, Spring 2004
Hal Partenheimer, Jr., 2004-01-31, Spring 2004
Ray Corey, 2004-05-28, Summer 2004
Dick Mirick, 2004-07-21, Fall 2004
Ralph Hadley II, 2004-12-22, Spring 2005
John Kilgore, Jr., 2004-12-30, Spring 2005
Brewster Freeman, 2005-01-13, Spring 2005
John Haverstick, 2005-01-29, Spring 2005
Bill Pfau, Jr., 2005-06-17, Spring 2006
Ed Robinson, 2005-06-24, Winter 2006
Bob Reppa, 2005-08-23, Winter 2006
Stan Williams, 2005-11-27, Winter 2006
Bill Throckmorton, 2005-12-09, Spring 2006
Hervey Merrill, 2005-12-30, Spring 2006
Len Smith, 2006-01-11, Spring 2006
Bob Tiffany, 2006-05-04
March 17, 2006
There are just two and a half months until our big 65th Reunion at our “College on the Hill!” If you haven’t yet signed on, we hope you do so soon. Enclosed with this letter is the wonderful reunion book created, with your contributions, by our hardworking Vice President, Dave Johnson. (See further details on reverse side).
Your classmates and wives who will greet you at our headquarters at Stearns Dormitory include: Charlie and Kay Allen, John Bean, Bob Bidwell and his wife Connie Gorman, Art Dowling, Win and Julie Firman, Ed and Harriet Frost, John Jinishian, Dave and Mary Johnson, Doug and Joan Kellog, Richard Kuehne, Bill and Jean Marberger, Bob and Lucinda Morgenthau, Clark Neily and his son Clark, Jr., Goldie Pollard, Hank and Fran Prickett, Jim Reed and Barbara Campbell, Bob Tiffany, Ted Titsworth, Bill and Marty Tobey, Tom Walker and Mary Humrick, Dave Wilkinson, and, hopefully, Jim Tucker.
This is already a good showing, but we hope for even more. We also want to send a special encouragement to the many active widows of our class. You are all important members of the class, and we would love to see many of you at this Reunion.
We will dine Friday night in a private dining room at Valentine Hall where we will hear from President Tony Marx and, in our business meeting, we will elect our new officers. That night we will also be presenting “Certificates of Appreciation” to those individuals who have made particularly significant contributions to our class.
On Saturday, after a full day of activities planned by Amherst College, we will meet for dinner at the home of Julie and Win Firman. Throughout the entire weekend we will also surely enjoy lots of singing and “remember when” stories.
We also have the 65th Reunion button in an attractive rosette and our new songbooks, so all we need is YOU! If you haven’t done so already, please send your reunion reservation forms ASAP to Win and give him a call at 413-256-0169. Rooms in the dorms are going fast, and hotels are already almost completely booked. Again, the dates for Reunion are May 31 to June 4.
Win Firman, Reunion Chair
Bob Bidwell, Class President
March 17, 2006
If you are still undecided about whether to attend our Reunion, I encourage you to read the contributions to our Reunion Book by those listed on the reverse side as already signed up to be at Amherst in late May and early June. For example, if you read Ed Frost’s contribution on page 22, you may want to learn more from him at the Reunion about the research he did to discover that only five of the 98 alumni of the class of 1876 were still alive and could have attended their 65th Reunion in 1941. As Ed says, “The percentages have improved!”
Please note that the contributions to our Book from the widows are alphabetized by the names of their late Amherst husbands. For example, Kiki Hale Arnold’s contribution is found on page 24 with the other “Hs” rather than earlier in the Book with the other “As”.
Incidentally, you can also access much of the Reunion Book on our new Class of 1941 Website. To access that site, visit www.amherst.edu/alumni/; click on "Homepages" on the purple sidebar on the right; enter username and password; click on "Class Pages"; and click on "The Class of 1941". If you need access to your username and password, e-mail Kevin Graber at: email@example.com. As many of you know, Kevin is the new Director of Alumni and Parent Programs. He has provided wonderful support to all of us in developing our website, preparing our Reunion Book, and making overall plans for our big Reunion.
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to all!
Dave Johnson, Reunion Book Editor