Carter, Hilda R.; Jenswold, John R. / The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire: a history, 1916-1976
Chapter III: A cohesive society: students and faculty in the 1930s, pp. 25-37
Tufts University, for the year 1933-34 on the basis of a master's thesis on "The International Settle- ment of Greek Refugees: 1922-32," which he wrote at Northwestern University in the intervening year. Leonard Haas, who graduated in 1935, came from the small railroad city of Altoona contiguous with Eau Claire. Outstanding both scholastically and in forensics, he became a high school teacher of his- tory at Wausau upon graduation, and eventually moved into the field of teaching and administration in higher education, as did Richard Hibbard. A number of alumni of the 1930s became faculty members and administrators of institutions of high- er education, among them: Elizabeth Alcott, Wright City College, Chicago; Harold 0. Balke, Western Michigan University; Margaret Kessler Bridges, Mars Hill College, North Carolina; Wilbur B. Bridgman, the first graduate of Eau Claire to achieve the Ph.D., Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Massachusetts; Marcus Bruhn and Charles W. Emery, St. Cloud State College, Minnesota; Cecil 0. Hahn, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos; Howard Kolstad, St. Norbert College; Schuyler Otteson, Indiana University; LeRoy Pe- terson, Eastern Illinois; Helmer E. Sorenson, Okla- homa State; Warren Waterhouse, Bowling Green State University; and William Wrigglesworth, Gon- zaga University. Faculty members at UW-Eau Claire who were students there in the '30s included Ursula Schmidlin Emery, Ed Fish, Lester Gilbert- son, Robert Gunn, Norman Olson, Gilbert Tanner, and Frank Wrigglesworth. Many distinguished themselves in government service: Kathryn Miley Beatty, Gerald W. Bowers, Howard 0. Johnson, Raymond F. Love, Lessel Ramsey, in federal agencies; Burton D. Loken, Les- ter A. Loken, Arthur Padrutt, Lester Voigt, and Wilmer Waters, on the state scene; and Richard Gillett, Leonard Haas, Richard Hibbard, and Rob- ert Mills served as city councilmen in Eau Claire. Samuel G. Jones made a lifelong career of service as an officer in the Navy, and Vernon Ramberg in the Army. Robert Benish and Frank Snyder became geologists of note. Richard Hibbard and Wayland Waters served in the Department of State, and Loren Olson with the Atomic Energy Commission. Among those who had outstanding careers in business were Arthur Branstad, Harold Edson, Sanford Kruger, Walter J. McCoy, and Robert A. Powell. Many became lawyers, including James Ri- ley, regent, and Connor Hansen, Justice of the Su- preme Court of Wisconsin. Clarice Chase Dunn pursued her interests in writing, Clell Buzzell his in sports journalism, and Bowman Larson his talents for graphic design. Dr. Leonard Haas, Dr. Richard Hibbard, the Honorable Connor Hansen, Loren K. Olson, and Lester Voigt were honored with the Alumni Asso- ciation's Distinguished Alumni Service Award. The End of the Schofield Presidency: "Ivory Towers of Replenishment" An unknown poet contributed to the 1937 Peri- scope a tribute to the "faculty who have known the years of World War I and the postwar years": We, too, were a 'lost generation,' Beset with employment scarcity, Our niches filled. To our consternation We seemed a superfluity; Became chary of showing determination, Because of certain failure. You knew our need: Showed us wonder in living organisms; freed Our minds to new depths of appreciation Of Keats - beauty lover - and Shelley; Let us glimpse the surge of nations Fighting upward, and the rich, red embroideries Of the Renaissance. You gave ivory towers Of replenishment, to which, in hours Of turmoil, we could retire, wanting peace, And emerge, refreshed - defiant.
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