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Thoma, Harry C. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 38, Number IX (June 1937)

Badgers you should know,   pp. 347-348


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Alumni to Receive Honorary Degrees                  dikes, irrigation and
other public works. From his
                                         Au ntRy erees  work a vast extension
of the cooperative movement
  TWO University alumni and a third scholar who    has appeared throughout
China.
won his doctor's degree here will be among the six    Dr. and Mrs. Baker
visited Madison last summer,
Americans to be granted honorary degrees at the Uni-  but returned to the
Orient in response to an urgent
versity's  84th  annual commencement exercises,     demand. They will reside
there permanently.
June 21.
  William Kies, '99, New                               Joe Celebrates His
Silver Jubilee
York city lawyer and bank-
er, will be granted the hon-                           WISCONSINaS "Flying
Dutchman," sometimes
orary master of arts degree.                         known as Joe Steinauer,
swimming and golf coach,
He earned his law degree in                                             
is in the throes of his silver
1901. The other Wiscon-                                                 
anniversary as a member of the
sin alumnus who will be                                                 
University  Athletic depart-
honored  is William   0.                                                
ment. Joe is a legendary figure
Hotchkiss, '03, famous geor                                             
around the big red armory-
logist and  president ofi                                               
especially sincee has "bung
the Rensselaer Polytechnic                                              
on M a long enough   to  see
Institute.Mr. Hotchkiss                                                 
five presidents, nine football
won his civil engineering                                               
coaches, seven athletic directors
degree in  1908  and his                                                
and a basketball coach go the
Ph.D in 1916.    He will                                                
way of many Badger mentors.
receive the doctor of laws                                              
  It was back in 1912 that a
degree.                                                                 
talkative, bronzed Dutch ath-
  The   third  Wisconsin                                                
lete came to  Wisconsin as
man is Harry A. Curtis,                                                 
trainer of the Badger grid
chief chemical engineer of     W. 0. Hotchkiss                          
squad.  That was the year
the Tennessee- Valley --Au-or-y LL.D        -                          Wisconsfin-
_woni -it s 1 la-sYt -id7-  _
thority, who earned his doc-                                            
iron title.
tor of philosophy degree in chemistry in 1 9 1 4.                       
  He is still talkative, still
  Other Americans who will be honored June 21 in-                       bronzed,
but he gave up train-
dlude Martha McChesney Berry, founder and director     Joe Steinauer   ing
gridiron behemoths for the
of the Berry schools for mountain boys and girls at  25 years of service
 more genteel profession  of
Mount Berry, Ga., who will receive the degree of doc-                   
training swimmers and golfers.
tor of laws; Jens Jensen, internationally known land-  Joe, the "Flying
Dutchman," has been in the
scape architect, doctor of literature; and David Ries-  coaching business
since he was able to fling "between
man, professor of the history of medicine, University  the half" speeches
around. After graduating from
of Pennsylvania and leader among orthodox Jews,     South high school in
Milwaukee he attended Mar-
doctor of laws.                                     quette university's medical
school, playing football
                                                    and baseball. Then he
conducted the Jesuit church
  Balker Again Honored by Chinese                   gym, shifting to St.
John's within a year.
                                Yhina  n pocoprii morhgwNow his "public"
will know where he got his
  WHEN a local boy makes good in Pittsburgh        propensity for clowning.
It was immediately after
they say it's pretty good, but when he goes all the  his St. John's work
that Joe got a whiff of circus
way to Shanghai to do it, they call it news. That's  sawdust, and before
long he had joined a traveling
   whtDr  oh    ar   akr 06     ndrciinto           troupe to become, among
other things, a trapeze per-
doctoDr. Jofhaw   dEgree inke1936, adid. pin  o     former, clown and barker.
Eleven years under the
  Chinese authorities, gratified by Dr. Baker's work tesanJortuedohimdclsuiswih
as famine and flood relief administrator in China for  were interrupted by
the World War, whence back to
many years, tendered the Badger a testimonial dinner  Wisconsin to become
a tradition.
at the Shanghbai International club, last month with
Dr. C. T. Wang, now ambassador to the United            Three Badgers on
Labor Board
States, presiding.
  Dr. Baker achieved world-wide fame with his        WVISCONSIN'S notoriety
for progress was no
work in China and has been the guiding spirit of   better manifested than
when the state legislature
China's new policy of providing modern highways,    passed a bill to create
a three-man state labor relations
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