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Schoenfeld, Clay (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 48, Number 10 (July 1947-Aug. 1947)

UW Records Office trails 133,000 Badgers,   pp. 8-9


Professors in the news,   p. 9


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ords Office, a- lusty offspring of the
Alumni Records Office. When the per-
sonnel shouldered typewriters and went
to war, they faced a battery of oppo-
sition-in the form of gross detail work
and red tape. First came the stupen-
dous task of listing and classifying the
drafted alumni. Then the obstacle of
rapidly changing military addresses
was met and surmounted. Basic file ad-
dresses were frozen for the duration;
changes in military locations were re-
corded only in the war file. Speed was
essential to insure the receipt by serv-
icemen of Alumni Association publica-
tions which were sent to them free.
   Then the Post Office Department
 barred the way, declaring that due to
 postal regulations The Wisconsin
 Alumnus could be sent overseas only
 to paid-up members. Result of this
 edict was The Cardinal Communique,
   --fe, our-p age-printed-buletin-sent--
out by ar mail. When -the Stuhidreher"
Footb6all Letters were restricted to na-
tional circulation, special pony editions
were made up, and flown overseas every
other week during the football season.
The Badger Quarte~rly somehow man-
aged to run the gauntlet of wartime
restrictions without being challenged,
and consequently reached the service-
men regularly.
  Now that the war is' over, the Rec-
ords Office, is still engaged in getting-
everyone officially out of service and
back to civilian 'status. File statistics
now   report a total of 15,324 UW
alumni who served in the war.
  Credit for the, efficiency of the Rec-
ords Office goes to a civil service staff
of 11 persons, all of Madison.
  "Commander-in-chief" is Mrs. Edith
P. Knowles, secretary to the secretary
of the Wisconsin Alumni Association
and supervisor of the Alumni Records
Office. Mrs. Knowles has been with the
Association just "ldng enough to ren-
der herself indispensable-and the file
system  virtually unnecessary. She is
f l        *t      .      e-, ClaSS ,
addresses, and yital statistics, Her col-
lection of war souvenirs and personal
letters from hundreds of servicemen-
alumni would put to shame the collec-
tive relatives of the 35th Infantry Di-
vision. Her desk is a point of congre-
gation for noteworthy campus figures.
  "Second-in-command" of the records
office is Merle Fohl, whose job it is to
keep an eagle eye on the basic file, add
a few hundred new cards every month
or so, and keep the card information
up to date. She is assisted in this vast
undertaking by Joan Curtin, Mrs. Lor-
raine Hover, and Marjorie Loucks.
  Evelyn Klase collects all the items
of news value that come into the office,
changes cards accordingly, then sorts
and channels them to The Alumnus
and other offices. Ruth Paynter's time
is monopolized by the chronological file,
whose demands for revision and addi-
tion are unceasing.
* Mabel Wiley is in charge of the War
Records Office, where she is assisted by
Mary Jean Napp. The war is over, but
to meet the challenge of compilation
and correction, their work, it would
seem, is just beginning.
  Phoebe E. Peterson and Vern W.
Bowers are Addressograph and Multi-
graph operators, respectively. Miss
Peterson also operates a Graphotype.
*  44dsJ
iiiIh Aew
Six More Prominent Badger Faculty
Members Leave; Two Professors Die
PROF. GAUSEWITZ
  A MEMBER OF THE University of
Wisconsin  law  faculty  Sifice 1929,
Prof. ALFRED L. GAUJSEWITZ has
resigned, to accept, the deanship of the
new Law School at the University of
          PROF. vEIKEEL
  PROF. H. SCUDDER MEKEEL, Uni-
versity anthropologist, died suddenly of
a heart attack July 23 at the age of 45.
  Emeritus Professor of Animal Hus-
bandry GEORGE C. HUMPHREY died
in June at the age of 72. He had been
a member of the Wisconsin faculty for
390yeats from 1903 to1942.Dr. Humph-
rey' was educated at Michigan State
and at Wisconsin became a nationally
recognized leader in the improvement
of livestock.
PROF. -HMPHREY
IN ew TylVeLico, At1-
buquerque. P r o' -
fessor Gausewitz,
a native of Little
'Falls,; Minn., re-
ceived his aca-
demic training at
t h e Universities
of Minnesota and
Stanford. On the
Wisconsin cam-
pus he taught
courses in crimi-
nal law, evidence,
and insurance.
  Prof. ROBERT
R. AVItiRNER  of
the Wisconsin
School of Com-
merce- has left
the University.
He will devote his
time to lecturing
  ain]+ax-+1d%^I
writing. Dr. Aur-      AURNER     "
ner has been pro-
fessor of business administration. Dur-
ing 1945 he was on leave as dean of
the College of Commerce of Biarritz'
American University, Biarritz, France.
  The son of President Emeritus Birge,
EDWARD A. BIRGE, Jr., '32, has -re--
signed as'assistant professor of clinical
pathology at Wisconsin.
  GERMAIN PREVOST, violinistwith
the Pro Arte Quartet and one of the
founders of the UW's distinguished
string ensemble, has resigned to do
concert work and teach in Los Angeles.
  Prof. LOUIS B. SLICHTER, '17, in-
ternationally known geophysicist, may
leave Wisconsin to head a new geo-
physics institute at the University of
California, according to newspaper re-
ports.
  ERNEST A. ENGELBERT, '39, as-
sistant professor of political science in
the Extension Division, joined the fac-
ulty of Syracuse (N. Y.) University
on Aug. 1.
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