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The Alumni Magazine 



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Fifth President of Maryville College 


Sunday, October 22, 1944 

10:45 a.m. — Service in the Chapel 

Principal Speaker: Rev. Dr. Roy Ewing Vale, Moderator of the 
General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U. S. A. 
1:00 p.m. — Alumni Homecoming Buffet Luncheon on the Campus 

(In case of rain, in the Alumni Gymnasium) 
3 :00 p.m. — Service in the Chapel 

Principal Speaker: Rev. Dr. Charles L. King, Moderator of the 
General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U. S. 

Homecoming Information and Committees 

The Executive Committee of the Alumni Association, in session on Monday evening, 
September 17th, felt that, in view of the significance of the celebration of the one hundred 
and twenty-fifth year at the College and in view of the very strong program which was 
planned, many alumni would want to be present; therefore the Homecoming with the 
luncheon on Sunday was planned to coincide with the 125th anniversary celebration to 
facilitate your attendance. A faculty recital is planned for Saturday evening, Octo- 
ber 21st. 

Because of many factors involved in providing food at this Homecoming and our desire 
to have a substantial luncheon, the Executive Committee decided to ask the visiting alumni 
to pay 35c for the luncheon; the Association will match this with 35c per person served 
to assure a good meal in spite of the high cost of food at the present time. 

Surely you realize the difficulties involved in providing for a large number on such a 
single occasion as this and will want to help by dropping a card to the Alumni Office, giving 
notice of your intention to be present. 

The Food Committee: Harwell B. Park, '16; Bessie Henry Olin, '22; Ruth 
Quinn Greene, '22; Doris Murray, '43. 

Welcoming Committee: Estellc Snodgrass ProfEtt, '08; Winifred Painter, '15, 
and others to be chosen. 



President - Estelle Snodgrass Proffitt, '08 

Vice-President - George Brown, '3 3 

Recording Secretary Winifred Painter, "15 

Executive Secretary James Smith, '35 

Executive Committee 

Class of 1945: Andrew L. Alexander, '34; Mrs. F. A. Greene, '22; Mrs. L. C. 

Olin, '22. 
Class of 1946: Geneva Anderson, '25; Hugh R. Crawford, Jr., '35; Harwell 

B. Park, '16. 
Class of 1947: Edward A. Caldwell, '22; S. E. Crawford, '12; Dons Murray, '43. 


Published by Maryville College, 

Ralph Waldo Lloyd, 


Maryville, Tennessee 



October, 1944 



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An Important Publication 

This issue of the Alumni Magazine is an unusual and historic one. It is going out not only to our alumni 
hut also to other friends, including a considerable number of ministers of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. 
by which the College was founded and with which it has always been affiliated. Most of its pages relate 
to the death of Dr. Wilson or the 125th anniversary. It is written at a crucial time in the World War. Col- 
leges are preparing for unprecedented adjustments. This is indeed a significant period in Maryville's history. 

Dr. Wilson Has Gone 

When President Emeritus Samuel Tyndale Wilson was translated from earth to heaven on July 19, a 
mighty epoch in Maryville College history came to an end. For sixty years he had been in turn Professor, 
President, and President Emeritus and for another earlier five years a student. For forty-two years he was also 
on the Board of Directors. The College's greatest progress was made under his leadership. His death was a 
blessed release for him; his power for active service had come to an end already. But to a host of us the 
institution will never seem quite the same again. He was indeed a man sent from God. 

"The Samuel Tyndale Wilson Memorial Foundation" fund has been started, as reported on another page, 
and I commend it earnestly to the generosity of all who are related in any way to the College. 

One Hundred and Twenty-Five Years 

October 19, 1944, will mark the 125th anniversary of the official action of the Synod of Tennessee 
establishing the Southern and Western Theological Seminary, whose name was changed a few years later to 
Maryville College. Some important events and people are listed m a brief sketch included in this issue. 
Dr. Wilson called the history of the College "a story of altruism" and of God's providence. Maryville be- 
longs to the oldest three per cent, of the present colleges and universities in the United States. The foun- 
dations are deeply laid. As we honor the past we may enter the future with faith and courage. 

October Twenty-Second 

Because the founding was by the Church and because during all the 125 years the College has been in 
Maryville and has held an organic relation to the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., our celebration of the 
125th anniversary is to be at two community services in the Chapel on Sunday, October 22. We are "lad to 
be able to announce as the principal speakers the Rev. Dr. Roy Ewing Vale, Indianapolis, Moderator of the 
General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., and the Rev. Dr. Charles L. King, Houston, 
Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S. Their coming together is a 
notable expression of a growing sense of unity in the two members of the Presbyterian family which they 
represent. These two denominations were one when Maryville College began. 

The two Moderators are to speak also at a susquicentenmal celebration of our older neighbor and sister 
Presbyterian institution, Tusculum College, on October 20. Maryville, at the age of 125, is happy to extend 
hearty congratulations and good wishes to Tusculum, aged 150, in this significant year. 

The One Hundred and Twenty-Sixth Year 

The college year which opened on September 5 is in some ways a transition year. In 1941 men stu- 
dents began to leave for military service. In March, 1943, the Army Air Forces College Training Program 
brought 300 men in uniform to the campus. At the end of June, 1944, this program was completed. "We 
have therefore made adjustments back to our all-college program. This, of course, means a smaller total 
campus population than for a long time, since only a very limited group of civilian boys (those under 
eighteen, those not meeting military physical requirements, pre-theological students) are now free to attend 
college any where. But we believe this opportunity for readjustment is valuable. The spirit and quality of 
work during the year promise well. And the number of students is considerable and larger than we antici- 
pated early in the summer. 

There are 180 freshmen, of whom 156 are women and 24 are men, an increase of twenty-five per cent, 
over last year. The total college enrollment for the Fall Semester is 435, of whom 380 are women and 55 
are men. The present upper classes have been depleted not only of men but also of women through ac- 
celerated graduations. Yet because of a smaller proportion of town students the women's dormitories are 

Men discharged from the armed forces are beginning to apply for admission under terms of the Federal 
"G.I. Bill" which provides funds to pay for education of returning veterans. Maryville is qualified and 
prepared to accept them. 

We do not now see a way to balance our current budget, but we enter the year without debt and with 
a genuine faith in the future and in God. 

The Future Maryville College 

None of us can foresee the details of the next quarter of a century. But the outlines of the plan for 
Maryville College seem clear. That plan is for a liberal arts, coeducational college of not over 1,000 stu- 
dents (the number has been limited deliberately to 800 in the past decade); it calls for four or five new 
buildings and additional endowment; it anticipates such changes as may be necessary for maximum service 
under changed conditions; it includes continuance of sound institutional financing; at the heart of the plan are 
the three historic Maryville policies of academic excellence, moderate expenses to students with accent on 
democratic attitudes and relationships, and a vigorous Christian emphasis and program that make for loyalty 
to Christ and His cause. 

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Estelle Snodgrass Proffitt 

George Brown 

Winifred Painter 


Dear Fellow Alumni: 

The celebration of the 125th anniversary of the fouunding of the 
College to be held on the campus on October 22 will be an important 
occasion. We want to urge you to attend and have a share in this historic 
occasion. The luncheon will be served at one o'clock, and there will be 
time between the meetings for visiting with friends. 

This issue of the Magazine carries the word of the death of Dr. Wilson. 
Tributes to his life and work and the funeral address by Dr. Lloyd will be 
found elsewhere. The plan for endowing a college chair, to be called the 
Samuel Tyndalc Wilson Endowment Foundation, has been approved by 
the Alumni Executive Committee. Through contributing to this memorial 
fund we can all show, in some measure, our love and honor for him, and, 
at the same time, make a contribution to the total endowment of the 
College. Maryville College has been singularly blessed in having officers 
and teachers who have served with great ability and unselfishness. Its 
earlier inspired leaders are now gone but upon the foundation which they 
laid the greatest years of its usefulness should lie ahead. 

With many of you overseas and with the anxiety which is felt in 
nearly every home it is difficult to think beyond the present, but we must 
look to the future and give time and thought to the post-war program of 
this and other Christian colleges. At present very few boys are in college 
anywhere, but as they return from the service every alumnus and friend 
of Maryville can be of real service by recommending this school to worthy 
young men who want to complete their interrupted education. 

Through the years we have had great pride in the missionaries, teach- 
ers, doctors, preachers, diplomats, and others who have gone from Mary- 
ville College into all parts of the world. Today, in addition to these men 
and women, our younger alumni are representing the College and America 
at battle stations throughout the world. They are defending for them- 
selves and for their children the way of life which only a Christian col- 
lege like Maryville can give. As the influence of the College expands, 
paradoxically, we are drawn closer together as a college family. We feel 
the ties of friendships made in college days and the common task of spiritual 
unity that lies ahead in the work before us. 

We have a true right on this one hundred and twenty-fifth anniver' 
sary to be proud of the traditions of Maryville College. We have a true 
responsibility to the building of a post-war world in the manner that befits 
Maryville College manhood and womanhood. 

Our goals, then, for this year are: 

1. Attend the one hundred and twenty-fifth anniversary on October 22. 

2. Contribute to the Samuel Tyndale Wilson Memorial Foundation. 

3. Pay the annual two dollar dues. 

4. Give time and thought to an enlarged post-war program for the 


Estelle Snodgrass Proffitt, '08 
(Mrs. Fred Lowry Proffitt) 

James R. Smith 

Ralph Waldo Lloyd 

Begin nings 

On October 19, 1819, Maryville College was officially established, i The Synod of Tennessee of the 
Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., then only two years old, was in session at Maryville. The minutes for 
that day contain this record: "The Synod after maturely considering, revising, and amending the plan for a 
Southern and Western Theological Seminary, agreed to adopt it, which is as follows." Then is given the 
text of a constitution containing thirty-two articles. This action was the result of an overture from the Pres- 
bytery of Union. The record of the next day says that "Rev. Isaac Anderson was duly chosen" professor, 
which for six years meant the entire faculty and administrative staff. 

It was Isaac Anderson who had brought the institution into being. He had long been concerned over the 
dearth of trained ministers in the great Southwest. He had tried in vain to persuade men from the East and 
North to come. Ever since becoming the pastor of New Providence Church of Maryville in 1812 he had been 
tutoring men in his own home. For ten years before that, ten miles north of Knoxville, he had conducted 
Union Academy, known as "Mr. Anderson's Log College," which he established. So he had in reality found- 
ed Maryville College in 1802, a date which might well be claimed instead of 1819. But the latter date is 
the more formal and is the one used. In the fall of 1819 Dr. Anderson gathered a new class of five young 

Until the Civil War 

Dr. Anderson, assisted by older students as tutors, conducted the school alone for six years. Then 
two professors were added and most of the time until the Civil War there were three professors and one or 
two instructors or tutors and a financial agent. Dr. Anderson was a professor and the President for thirty- 
eight years, until his death in 1857. Within the period from 1819 to 1861 the following professors served for 
longer or shorter terms: Isaac Anderson, William Eagleton, Darius Hoyt, Samuel MacCracken, Fielding Pope, 
John S. Craig, John J. Robinson, who was first a professor and from 1857 to 1861 the second President, and 
Thomas J. Lamar, who alone returned after the War. The most notable financial agent was Thomas Brown, 
of a family whose descendants are still connected with the College. All of these were Presbyterian minis- 
ters and strong, well trained men. 

Within two years after its founding the institution was composed of three general departments: the 
Theological which was closed in 1850, the Preparatory which was closed in 1925, and the College which is 
now the entire institution. 

The first classes met in Dr. Anderson's manse and a "little brown house" nearby. In 1820 a small two- 
story brick building and lot were purchased where the New Providence Presbyterian Church now stands; 
this' was known as the "Seminary building" until demolished by Federal soldiers during the War. In 1829 
a two-story frame building was erected near the brick building for the preparatory and college departments. 
In the Fifties it was taken down to make room for a more ambitious "Brick College" which was in use but 
not fully completed at the outbreak of the War. Not far away, on another lot, was the College's boardino- 
house. Such was the property when the College was closed by the War in 1861. This "campus" on Main 
Street remained in possession of the College until about 1890 when it was given to New Providence Church 
as the site for its new building. 

The total student body was 35 in 1825, was at its highest number of 108 in 1836, was 60 in 1S50, and 
80 in 1860. Before many years people were speaking of "the College at Maryville" rather than the South- 
ern and Western Theological Seminary, and in 1842 the Charter took the name Maryville College. 

Years of Reconstruction 

On September 5, 1866, Professor Lamar, 
under authority of the Synod of Tennessee, 
rang the old bell again and thirteen stu- 
dents gathered for the reopening. In 1867 
Professor Alexander Bartlett joined him on 
the faculty and in 1869 a brother, Rev. P. 
Mason Bartlett, D.D., came from New Eng- 
land to become the third President. In 
1871 the College moved to the present cam- 
pus where three new buildings had been ^ 
erected. In 1883 the first substantial en- '' 
dowment fund ($100,000) was completed. 
In 1891 Rev. Samuel Ward Boardman, 
D.D., of New Jersey became the fourth 
President. In the Nineties the Fayer- 
weather bequest of over $200,000 made 
possible additional buildings and faculty. 


Union Academy, "the Log College " 

When the College moved to the new 
campus in 1871, the enrollment was 100. 
in 1880 it was 200, in 1891 it was 335, 
and in 1901 it was 389. In 1875 Mary 
ville granted the first B. A. degree re- 
ceived by a woman from a Tennessee 
college. It was in this period that many 
of the useful enterprises of the present 
had their beginnings, such as the Febru- 
ary Meetings in 1877, the YMCA in 
1877, the YWCA in 1844, the Student 
Volunteers in 1894, and the organised 
Student-Help program in the nineties. 

In the Twentieth Century 

In 1901, when the College was S2 
years old, Rev. Samuel Tyndale Wilson, THE CAMPUS IN 1830 

D.D., who had been Professor of the English Language and Literature and of the Spanish Language since 1884, 
was elected fifth President. In 1908 the Forward Fund added $277,000 to the resources of the College and in the 
ensuing decades even larger gifts came until at his retirement in 1930, Dr. Wilson had seen the financial assets 
multiply eight times during his presidency. In this period came the erection of eight new buildngs, the establish- 
ment of endowments for the Departments of Bible and Religious Education and of Home Economics, and other ex- 
pansions. In 1919 there was a notable Centennial celebration, preceded by the publication of Dr. Wilson's 
book "A Century of Maryville College," and climaxed by the completion of a Centennial Fund of $500,000. 
In 1922 Maryville, ehtn in the process of closing its preparatory department, was given official accreditation 
by the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. 

Approaching the 125th Anniversary 

In 1930 Dr. Wilson, who had reached the age of seventy-two, requested that he be allowed to retire. 
The Directors regretfully granted his request and he was, elected President Emeritus, which office he held 
until his death fourteen years later. In November, 1930, the writer of this sketch became the sixth President. 

In 1932 Maryville College was placed on the approved list of the Association of American Universities, 
the principal general accrediting body; in 1941 was elected an institutional member of the American Association 
of University Women; in 1942 became an associate and in 199494 a full liberal arts college member of the 
National Association of Schools of Music, the principal accrediting body in the field of music. These and 
other recognitions following revisions and strengthening of entrance standards, curriculum, and faculty organ- 
isation have placed Maryville in the forefront of American liberal arts colleges. Through a building and' re- 
modeling program, additions to equipment, enlargement and improvement of the campus, the plant of 320 
acres and thirty buildings is giving a maximum of service. Although this period is that of the Great De- 
pression and the Great War, the resources of the College have grown more than a half million dollars and 
the attendance from 1932 to 1942 averaged 816, with many turned away in most of this year's in an effort 
to keep the number down to eight hundred. 

In 1942 the Presbyterian Syyods of Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi merged to form the Synod of 
Mid-South. Therefore the thirty-six Directors of Maryule College, who were elected from 1819 to 1941 by 
the Synod of Tennessee, are now elected by the Synod of Mid-South. 

During World War II Maryville has carried forward its usual schedule, has added an accelerated program 
with summer sessions, and for almost a year and a half conducted a parallel Army Air Forces College Train- 
ing Program. On two service flags in the 


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Chapel are a thousand stars, of which five 
are gold and four more due to be 
changed to gold. 

Some indication of the stability 
of Maryville College's life and work 
may be found in the fact that in 
125 years there have been but six Presi- 
dents. Some indication of the service to 
the Church is in the list of more than 
five hundred ministers and almost one 
hundred and fifty foreign missionaries who 
have gone out from Maryville. Some in- 
dication of the type of scholarship, char- 
acter, and service which Maryville ear- 
nestly seeks to inspire may be seen in the 
honorable records of thousands serving in 

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6th President 



walks of life 

who have lived and studied withir 



became Professor of Homileetics in the Seminary in 
1930 and the President in 1936. He is a member of the 
Presbyterian Church in the U.S.; Louisville Seminary 
is related to both that Church and the Presbyterian 
Church m the U.S.A. Dr. Caldwell is a member of 
the Permanent Committee on Cooperation and Union 

We approach our 125th anniversary with gratitude 
to God for His unfailing providence and with renewed 
dedication to Him and the work He has for Maryville 
College to do in the years ahead. 


The leader of the 69th series of February Meetings, 
scheduled for February 7-15, 194?, will be the Rev. 
Frank H. Caldwell, Ph.D., D.D., President of the 
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Louis- 
ville, Kentucky. Dr. Caldwell is a native of Mississippi, 
is a graduate of the University of Mississippi and of 
Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, and holds the Ph.D. 
degree from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. 
His service has included pastorates in Kentucky and 
Mississippi and teaching Bible in Centre College. He 

of his denomination. He is in wide demand as a 


of Knoxville, a Director of Maryvyille 
College since 1909 and Chairman 

of the Directors since 1932. 


For the twenty-third year Rev. Dr. Sidney E. 
Stringham, pastor of the Shaw Avenue . Methodist 
Church, St. Louis, will lead the singing. 

1 Chapel. 2 Baldwin. 3 Pearsons. 4 Hospital. 5 
lett. 12 Swimming Pool. 13 Alumni Gymnasium. 


Lamar Residence. 6 Farm House. 7 Dairy. 8 President's Residence. 9 Thaw. 10 Science. 11 Bart- 
14 South Gates. 15 Memorial. 16 Former Heating Plant. 17 Book Store. 18 Anderson 
19 Carnegie. 20 The Steps. 21 Residence. 


The program of the observance on Sunday, October 
22, is found on the inside of the front cover of this 
issue. In view of war conditions it was thought best 
not to ask colleges and universities to send represen- 
tatives for a formal academic occasion. However, it did 
seem appropriate and practicable to plan a church and 
alumni program for one of the Sundays near the anni- 
versary date. 

The Moderators of the General Assemblies of the 

Presbyterian Churches in the U.S.A. and the U.S. were 
able and kindly consented to come for October 22. 
The churches of Maryville accepted the invitation of the 
college to dismiss their regular services that morning and 
to worship at the College Chapel. The Alumni Asso- 
ciation has set its Homecoming for that day. Minis- 
ters of the U.S.A. Synod of Mid-South and Presbytery 
of Union and the U. S. Synod of Appalachia and Pres- 
bytery of Knoxville, within whose territories Maryville 
is located, are receiving special invitations and it is hoped 
some may be able to attend. Blount County churches 
in addition to those in Maryville are especially invited 
for the afternoon service. 

Three members of the faculty of the Division of 
Fine Arts, Richard W. Vine, tenor, Rachel L. Shobert, 
pianist, and Nita Eckles West, reader, will present a 
program in the Chapel on Saturday night, October 21. 
This will be a program of high order. There will be no 
admission charge and students, faculty, and visitors are 

The Alumni Buffet Luncheon on Sunday is in 
place of the annual Homecoming Barbecue. All alumni 
living in Maryville or elsewhere are invited. It will be 
on or near the baseball field if weather permits, other- 
wise in the Alumni Gymnasium. There will be a charge 
of thirty-five cents, which is expected to pay about half 
the cost. The other half will be paid by the Alumni 
Association. In addition to alumni, ministers and other 
out-of-town visitors are invited to the luncheon on the 
same basis. Those who plan to be there are asked to 
mail reservations to the Alumni Office. 

At the morning and afternoon services the principal 
addresses will be given by Dr. Vale and Dr. King re- 
spectively. Greetings will be brought by representatives 
of neighboring colleges and the churches. The college choir will sing. President Lloyd and Judge Hous- 
ton, Chairman of the Directors, will preside. If the crowd is too large for the Chapel the overflow will 
be seated with loudspeakers in the studios under the Chapel or on the porch and campus. 


1858 — February 17, born in Horns, Syria 
1861 — Brought by his parents to Ohio 
1867— Family moved to Athens, Tennessee 
1873 — Entered Maryville College preparatory depart- 
1878 — Graduated from Maryville College with B. A. 

1930— Became President Emeritus of Maryville College 
1944_Died July 19, and was buried in the College 

In 1894 Maryville College gave him the degree of 
D. D. and in 1931 that of Litt. D.; in 1918 the Col- 
lege of Wooster conferred upon him the degree 
of LL. D. 

Dr. Wilson and Hattie M. Silsby were married m 
1887. Mrs. Wilson died in 1937. They are survived 

c j £CTree 1887. Mrs. Wilson died in iso/. iney die ouivivc^ 

-Graduated, Lane Theological Seminary, Cm- by six children, all graduates of Maryville College: 

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1882 — Ordained to Presbyterian Ministry at Eusebia 

Church near Maryville 
1882 — Went to Mexico as a missionary 
1884 — Returned to Tennessee because of health 
1884 — Become a Professor in Maryville College 
1901— Became fifth President of Maryville College 

Ruth Wilson Phillips of Greenwood, S. D.; Olive 
Wilson Murray of Maryville; Howard H. Wilson of 
Knoxville; Lois C. Wilson of Syria; Mary Wilson 
Watkins of El Paso, Texas; and Lamar S. Wilson of 
Glendale, Calif.; and three grandchildren: Doris Wilson 
Murray and Carl T. Murray yof Maryville, and Samuel 
Wilson of Glendale, Calif. 




Rev. Dr. Roy Ewing Vale, Moderator of the 156th 
General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the 
U.SA., is pastor of the Tabernacle Presbyterian Church, 
Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a graduate of Washington 
College, or Washington and Tusculum College as it then 
was, in Tennessee, and Princeton Theological Seminary. 
Former pastorates were at Somerville, New Jersey, Knox- 
ville, Tennessee, Oak Park, Illinois, and Detroit, Michigan. 
For the past twentyfive years he has been a Director of 
Maryville College and has been the February Meetings 
preacher twice, in 1930 and 1934. 

Rev. Dr. Charles L. King, who was elected Moderator 
of the 84th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church 
in the U.S. (Southern) last May, has been pastor of the 
First Presbyterian Church, Houston, Texas, since 1932. 
He is a graduate of Davidson College, North Carolina, and 
of Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Virginia. Be- 
fore going to Houston, he was for thirteen years pastor of the 
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, Richmond, Virginia. 

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Fifth President of Maryville College 


Ralph Waldo Lloyd 

Sixth President of Maryville College 

Address given at Dr. Wilson's funeral service in 
Maryville, Tennessee, July 23, 1944 

Joshua 1:1-2 — Now after the death of Moses the servant 
of the Lord, it came to pass, that the Lord spake 
unto Joshua . . . saying, Moses my servant is dead; 
now therefore arise, go over this Jordan. 

When I was told on Wednesday night that Dr. 
Wilson had died a little while before many things 
followed one another in succession through my mind. 
I thought of his greatness of character and intellect 
and friendship and leadership and Christian faith and 
consecration. I thought of his long life, his remarkable 
work, the recent months and years when his powers 
were failing. I thought of his prominence and then 
his retirement and withdrawal from all public appear- 
ances. I thought of the hours we spent together in 
his study in the years after I took up the respon- 
sibilities which he had laid down; and then of the 
past months when he did not recognise the faces of 
his friends; and of his peaceful death. I remembered 
how he had long looked forward to laying aside the 
handicaps of his mortal body and taking his place 
among the redeemed in the fuller presence of God in 
heaven; I thought how his going was for him a release 
and a victory. 

I recalled how Dr. Wilson had believed and loved 
and used the Bible for three quarters of a century. I 
thought how like some of its men he was. My mind 
kept turning to. Moses and this record found in the two 
opening verses of the Book of Joshua. The words 
seem almost to refer to Dr. Wilson and God's com- 
mand to us now; I think they do so refer: 

Now after the death of Moses the servant of 

the Lord, it came to pass, that the Lord spake unto 
" Joshua . . . saying, Moses my servant is dead; now 

therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou and all 

this people, unto the land which I do give to 


"Moses my servant is dead" — these were sad words 
like the tolling of a great bell. What could those 
people do without him? He had planted in their 
hearts the desire and will for freedom. He had or- 
ganised and led them out of bondage toward the 
Promised Land. He had received and given to them 
the Commandments and law of God. His vision and 
courage had held them together and brought them 
within sight of the Promised Land. He had grown 
old in this service. He had cast his mantle onto a 
younger man. When God called him he climbed 
up Mt. Nebo and hisj soul fled his failing body. 
"Moses my servant is dead" — What can these 
people do? 

"Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan." That 
is God's answer. That is the high compliment which 
God paid to Moses — that his very death should become 
a call to continue the journey in which he had led so 
far, to build on the foundations he had laid so deeply, 
to do what he had planned they should do. Their 
hearts were sore; their memory of Moses was moving; 
but they did not express that memory merely in senti- 
ment, emotion, or praise. They heard the command 
of God to express it in action. They knew none 
among them was so great as Moses. But they did 
their best and that took them forward. "Moses my 
servant is dead, now therefore arise, go over this 

Is that not what we should be saying to ourselves 
today concerning the death of Dr. Wilson? 


For one thing, our memory of him as a Christian 
man stirs within us God's command, "Now therefore 
arise, go over 1 this Jordan." 

Those who knew Dr. Wilson believed in religion 
the more because they believed in him. He was a 
man of unwavering Christian faith and uncompromising 
Christian devotion. 

He came of a strong religious background. Ten 
years ago I wrote down a considerable body of notes 
when in conversation with him. One day he said, 
"Wherever the Wilsons went they feared God and 
kept his commandments." Then he paused and added, 
"At least most of them did." Dr. Wilson told me how 
his grandfather, Samuel Wilson, of Scotch Irish stock. 


came to this country from the North of Ireland as 
part of those staunch Scotch seeking religious liberty; 
how his family became farmers in what is now part of 
the city of Cincinnati; how his grandfather with little 
schooling himself was determined that his children 
should have an education and moved for that purpose 
to College Hill, a suburb of Cincinnati where there 
was; an academy and a college: how Dr. Wilson's 
father, David Morrison Wilson, attended Carey's 
Academy, later Farmer's College, graduated from Lane 
Theological Seminary, and went with his wife to 
Syria as a missionary; how one of his father's brothers 
became a Congressmari from the State of Oregon, 
while two others and one sister became college teachers 
in the Cincinnati area; how Dr. Wilson's aunt, Har' 
riett Nesmith, lived to be 95 and attended 75 com- 
mencements at Lane Seminary, Dr. Wilson himself 
giving the commencement address at the last one. 

"The Wilsons have always been intensely loyal folk. 
They stood by the church," said Dr. Wilson. Well, he 
certainly did all his life. But even more striking 
was the quality of his Christian life. His religion was 
not a shallow or easy one. He feared the sinfulness 
of the human heart, believed in the redemptive power 
of Christ, gave himself in public and private worship, 
knew the Bible, emphasised the law as well as the love 
of God, insisted on righteousness, lived in the atmos- 
phere and practice of prayer. He told me that every 
advance made by the College under him was the result 
of great wrestling in prayer. He accepted as an estab- 
lished fact that the work he was to do was under God. 
The providence of God was as real to him as the 
atmosphere he breathed. 

His religious life made a great impression on people, 
especially on students. I can remember how as a 
student I watched him on the chapel platform during 
a service following the Scripture reading in his pocket 
Testament, and bowing in reverence during the prayers. 
During the February Meetings each year he talked 
and prayed personally with every student in college 
who was not registered as a professing Christian. In 
the days when evangelistic demonstration was more the 
custom everywhere than it is now, many of the 
decisions that were made publicly had previously been 
made privately in Dr. Wilson's office. 

Until a few years ago he could be seen every 
Sunday morning in a front pew of the church here, 
and as his hair grew white his head bowed in 
prayer was a benediction to old and young alike. Such 
is our memory of him as a Christian man. 

"The Lord spake . . . saying, Moses my servant is 
dead; now therefore arise." 


Also our memory of him as a Christian minister lays 
.upon us the Lord's command, "Now therefore arise, go 
over this Jordan" — continue what he carried forward 
so long. Pay tribute not by eulogy but by ministry. 

Dr. Wilson was a minister's son but during most 
of his college days he did not intend to be a minister. 
He said he was not even a Christian until he was 
converted in the first February Meetings, held during 
his junior year in college. I wrote down his story of 
» the details of his conversion, but they are too long to 
recite today. The four persons he mentioned especially 
as influencing him to a decision were: the preacher Dr. 

Nathan Bachman, Rev. Calvin Duncan, then a young 
minister, Hattie Silsby, a student who was later to be 
his wife, and James Porter, a fellow student, who 
one day coming down the stairs in Anderson Hall put 
his hand on Samuel Wilson's shoulder and said, "Wil- 
son, you ought to be a Christian." After his conver- 
sion he felt he should do something; one of the first 
things he did was to organise the Maryville College 
YMCA. In due time he offered himself for the 
ministry. After graduation from Seminary he came 
back to the Maryville area and was ordained in the 
old Eusebia Church. 

He was an ordained minister of the Presbyterian 
Church in the U. S. A. for 62 years, and all of his 
service except two years was rendered within this 
Synod. For 30 years, from 1891 to 1921, he was the 
Stated Clerk of Synod, and held innumerable positions 
in Synod and Presbytery. Also he held important posts 
in the Church at large, being a member of the Execu- 
tive Commission and then of the General Council of 
the General Assembly from 1922 until he retired in 
1930. It was commonly thought that he could have 
been elected Moderator of the General Assembly at 
various times had he permitted his name to be pre- 
sented. But he had none of the ambitions possessed by 
most men for position and power and felt that he did 
not have physical strength to carry his work at the 
College and that of such an office, and to him the 
College was always first. 

Yet he gave himself for many years in service as 
minister of the small pastorless churches in this area. 
He was equally conscientious and equally effective as 
a preacher in the smallest country church and in the 
largest city church. 

He did honor to the calling of the ministry, bringing 
to it his great intellectual ability and his spiritual power. 
When his health did not permit him to continue to 
carry the heavy burdens of a college presidency seven 
days a week and to preach regularly in the churches 
also, he sat as a worshipper in church, and there as at 
the College he was an encouraging listener to many 
ministers, sometimes not strong preachers. That is a 
test of the patience and grace of a minister. 

Dr. Wilson's life as a minister gave an emphasis 
and direction to Maryville College which are invaluable. 
In his almost two thirds of a century as a Christian 
minister he made a contribution to the Church rarely 

Others must carry on the ministry of the Church 
in pulpit and pew. "Moses my servant is dead; now 
therefore arise, go over this Jordan." 


We will remember Dr. Wilson through the years 
not only as a Christian man and a Christian minister, 
but also as a Christian missionary. 

The spirit of the missionary permeated all that he 
did from the time he took a vigorous stand as a 
Christian. He was born in the foreign mission field. 
His parents went to Syria in 1847 in a sailing vessel 
that took four months from Boston to Beirut. They 
remained in the field fourteen years without a furlough. 
When missionaries went out then they bade home 
goodbye for life. However, when Samuel Tyndale 
Wilson was three years old his parents were forced to 
come home by the mother's illness; his infant sister 


died and was buried at sea; an infant brother lies 
buried in the Lebanon mountains of Syria. Such 
experiences might be expected to turn the family to 
other ways of service. But when Samuel Tyndale 
Wilson was in Seminary he was president of the mis- 
sionary group. When he graduated his address was 
on "The Foreign Missionary Work of Paul — Its In- 
fluence on his Theology." When he was ordained he 
preached a missionary sermon from Haggai 2:7, "The 
desire of all nations shall come." 

Already he had volunteered for the foreign field 
and had been accepted. He wshed to go to Africa 
but his frail health influenced the Board to send him 
to Mexico which was nearer in case he broke down. 
He went and after two years did break down and 
was compelled to come home. 

He was never allowed to go back to the mission 
field but all through his life he was a missionary at 
heart. He married the daughter of a missionary; three 
of his six children are missionaries today; for nearly 
half a century he influenced student after student 
of the College to enter missionary work; since 1873 
an average of two a year have gone to the foreign 
field and more to the home field; in 1934 he gathered 
into a publication the records of all of these up to that 
time. One thing not generally known, is his part in 
establishing and administering for many years certain 
endowment funds whose income has for nearly a 
quarter of a century gone to the support of missionary 
work of the National and Foreign Boards of the Presby- 
terian Church. 

Dr. Wilson made; Maryville College one of the 
greatest missionary influences in the Church. Today 
we do well to hear the words, "The Lord spake unto 
Joshua . . . saying, Moses my servant is dead; now 
therefore arise, go over this Jordan." 


To have reached any one of the achievements we 
have been reviewing would seem enough for one life. 
Yet Dr. Wilson has been a man of such towering per- 
sonality and work that only now we come to the 
central attainment of his career, that of a Christian 
Educator. We might well have begun in that area 
of his life. And indeed we have looked at a great deal 
which relates to it. But it is as the President of 
Maryville College that he is supremely known. 

No one else in the College's long history of 125 
years has been connected with the institution as long 
as has Dr. Wilson. He was a student 5 years, a pro- 
fessor 17 years, the President 29 years, President 
Emeritus 14 years, a total of 65 years. Of these he 
served actively as professor and president 46 years 
which is the longest active service in the College's 

When he entered Maryville as a student in 1873 his 
father was a pastor near Athens, Tennessee. He 
roomed for a year at the home of Mr. John Duncan 
beyond the College Woods, then four years in 
Memorial Hall, on the second floor in the corner 
toward the present Alumni Gymnasium. When he 
first arrived at Maryville he was met at the railroad 
station by Mr. Duncan and driven by the College to 
the Duncan home. "I looked at Memorial Hall," said 
Dr. Wilson, "and was excited to think that I would 
one day live in that big building." I shall not now trace 

in detail his record as a student but it was a good 
record. He made strong grades, took part in the best 
student activities, was on the first baseball team, was 
a religious leader, earned part of his way by use of 
the trade of printing which he had learned. He and 
two other students had a printing press in the dormi- 
tory and were paid for the work they did. They pub- 
lished the first college student paper. He felt that this 
knowledge of printing was always a help to him in the 
great amount of writing he had to do and printing he 
had to supervise in later years. 

He was elected a professor just after the College 
had secured its first $100,000 of endowment. Two 
professorships were added and Dr. Wilson and Dr. 
Elmore (neither of whom was a doctor then) were 
elected. It was during the presidency of Dr. Bartlett 
and in the lifetime of Professor Lamar. He was an 
accurate and energetic teacher. In time many of the 
general faculty duties were assigned to him: he was 
Librarian 13 years, Registrar 10 years, and Dean 10 
years, in addition to being a full-time teacher. He lived 
after his marriage in 1887 in the house on Indiana 
Avenue where Mr. and Mrs. Clyde T. Murray now 
live and to which he moved again after his retirement. 

The 29 years of Dr. Wilson's presidency constitute 
the period of greatest advance in the College's history. 
He saw the students increase from 83 of college 
grade and 306 of preparatory grade in 1901 to 750, 
all of college grade. Eight important buildings were 
erected under Dr. Wilson; they were the Chapel, the 
Hospital, Carnegie twice because of fire, Pearsons, the 
Swimming Pool, the Alumni Gymnasium, Thaw, and 
the House in the Woods. Including buildings and en- 
dowment, the financial assets of the College were 
listed as a quarter of a million dollars when Dr. 
Wilson became president and at over two million 
dollars when he retired. Most of this financial increase 
was due to his own efforts. He shrank from the hard 
and discouraging task of soliciting funds; he was a 
modest, even a timid man; he said he more than once 
walked around a block trying to summon courage to 
go in to see some possible donor. But from a sense 
of duty, in some years he spent a third of the time 
in such solicitations and was very successful. His 
character and manner and own sacrifice for the Col- 
lege deeply impressed people. He did not seek a mul- 
titude of friends so much as constant friends. He seldom 
lost a friend once won, and in the years of large giving 
to colleges from 1910 to 1925 there were "repeated 
gifts from individual donors and Foundations. 

The academic standards and the faculty were 
steadily strengthened until the College became a mem- 
ber of the Southern Association of Colleges and Sec- 
ondary Schools, the regional accrediting body. He laid 
solid financial foundations and left the College without 
debt and with habits of sound work. These facts are 
quickly stated but they represent an unbelievable 
amount of planning and labor. Dr. Wilson had no 
regular quitting hours, as his family and office col- 
leagues can testify. All his life he was frail of body 
and how he ever lived through those strenuous years 
was a mystery to him and to others. He explained 
it only on the ground that God had more work for 
him to do. He told me once that no one thought he 
would work or even live after his breakdown at about 


60, but that he raised more money after that than in 
all the years before. Dr. Stevenson has often said, 
"If any man could ever truthfully say with Paul 
'This one thing I do' that man is Dr. Wilson in his 
work for Maryville College." 

Dr. Wilson's own character and ideals were stamped 
on the College. His thoroughness of scholarship, his 
emphasis on character rather than money and on serv- 
ice rather than position, his democratic spirit, his recog- 
nition of the value of discipline, his deep religious 
convictions, his missionary and evangelistic zeal. There 
were times when some people, influenced by the com- 
promising ideas of morality or the do-as-you-please 
philosophy or the widespread separating of religion and 
education, objected that he was too strict or gave too 
great a place to religion. But the results have more 
than jusified his wisdom. Many a college is trying now 
to get back moral and religious traditions and practices 
which they gave up while Dr. Wilson was fighting 
to maintain them here. He was never over-optimistic 
about Maryville's success in these matters; his conscience 
regarding sin and his standards of righteousness and 
faith were too strong for him to be easily satisfied. 
But he knew the essential things and put the emphasis 
on them. 

It is easy to overstate the facts about men at the 
time of their death. But it is not overstating the facts 
to say that Dr. Wilson was one of the greatest, wisest, 
and most successful leaders in the field of Christian 
higher education that America has produced. His 
shrinking from praise and position, a characteristic not 
always found among ministers and educators, has kept 
his name from being as widely known as the names 
of some much smaller men. But he never cared about 
that. He is our historian. Among his writings are 
the history of the College and the biography of the 
founder and others. In the history he deals with the 
46 years over which his service extended, yet almost 
never mentions himself although he eulogizes others. 
How different from most writers on such themes. All 
he wished to do was to glorify God and to do 
God's will. 

The man who invests his life in a worthy, on-going 
institution has made the most lasting possible invest- 
ment in this world. To build himself, as Dr. Wilson 
has done, into an institution like the Church and one 
like Maryville College, which existed before he came 
and will continue after he goes, is putting his life where 
it will go on and on. And to do it in the epoch- 
making way that Dr. Wilson has done it is magnificent. 

But there is another word to be said. It is the word 
of our text. "Moses my servant is dead; now there- 
fore arise, go over this Jordan." This meant to Joshua 
that the work which Moses had done so magnificently 
would depend for its permanent success on Joshua 
and the others who were to carry it on. It means 
that Dr. Wilson who has gone on before depends on 
us who come after for the ultimate success of his life 
and work. If we fail, he will in a large measure fail. 
"Now therefore arise." 

I have spoken of Dr. Wilson as a Christian man, 
a Christian minister, a Christian missionary, a Christian 
educator. Time will permit us to think of him in only 
one other capacity — as a Christian friend. 

He not only made and held friends but he was 
himself a friend of rare quality. For example, mem- 
bers of the faculty and staff who served under him 
found in him the one who often overlooked their weak- 
nesses, who found ways to help their needs, who en- 
couraged them in difficult hours. He was stronger than 
most and all benefitted by that. He had no selfish 
ends to serve and therefore was always sincere. His 
standards for himself and others were rugged standards, 
and most of us like easy standards; but those who 
knew him best loved him most. Few college presidents 
have given or received more loyal friendship. 

As one beneficiary of his friendship, I wish to bear 
testimony to its unselfishness and power. In all the 
years that he lived in retirement his every word 
and act were helpful. His interest and counsel were 
always generous and wise. He was as completely 
loyal to me as if he were the junior and I the senior. 
Whenever I talked with him about the College, even 
about details, I came away with my vision lifted and 
encouraged to believe that we were doing a great work 
of God. Dr. Wilson had that rare gift of maintaining 
uncompromising standards and yet giving a warm 
friendship and encouragement that sent you out re- 
solved to be more faithful to your work, to Christ the 
Saviour, and to God the Father. 

And now he has joined that great cloud of wit- 
nesses which compasses us about as we run the race 
that is set before us. 

As we remember him in his life here and his life 
there, we have a duty to carry on. "The Lord spake 
unto Joshua . . . saying, Moses my servant is dead; 
now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou and all 
this people, unto the land which I do give to them." 


We regret that it has been impossible to carry in 
this issue all the material which has come to the 
Alumni Office. Two things have been responsible: 

(1) because the magazine is larger and required more 
time in the press we had to close its columns sooner 
in order to get it in time for the 22nd of October; 

(2) the increased material concerning the 125th An- 
niversary and the death of Dr. Wilson, even with 
an increase in the size of the magazine, has neces- 
sitated leaving to the spring issue some items which 
could not be included in this one. We were fortunate 
in our misfortune of last spring: the magazine was so 
late coming off the press that we were able to in- 
clude many items that otherwise would have been 
held over for the October issue. 

Because of the limited assistance in the Alumni 
Office since last fall, many of your letters which have 
arrived have not been acknowledged. All of those 
requesting immediate information or assistance have 
been answered, but the others have been properly 
recorded and filed for acknowledgement as soon as con- 
ditions make it at all possible. It is hoped that alumni 
will continue to write to provide information and to 
send in alumni dues. We are again off the bottom in 
our bank balance, but not quite as well off as we have 
been and should be. 


A Few Representative Testimonials 

"For half a century the General Assembly and the 
Presbyterian Church at large have recognised and hon- 
ored Dr. Samuel Tyndale Wilson as one of our 
greatest champions for our Lord Jesus Christ. Pres- 
byterianism at large owes him a great debt. He was 
deeply trusted and loved in the councils of the 
Church. We thank God upon every remembrance of 
him. He has gone into our Father's House to renew 
his youth." 

Roy Ewing Vale, Moderator 
William Barrow Pugh, Stated Clerk 
The General Assembly 
'A telegram received on the day of the funerai service.) 

"Dr. Wilson was one of the great men of our state. 
It is good for a man to be great but it is great for 
a man to be good, and certainly Dr. Wilson was a 
good as well as a great man. We have too few men 
of his class in this world. He was a Christian gentle- 
man of the highest type, and an educator of whom not 
only the Presbyterian denomination should be proud 
but also of whom the State of Tennessee should be 
proud. I should always cherish for him an affection- 
ate memory. Through the years that I have known 
him he was an inspiration to me. Of course, my love 
for Maryville College drew me close to him but my 
personal regard and affection for him also drew me 
close to him." 

James D. Hoskins, President 

The University of Tennessee 

"We think of Dr. Wilson as one of the great men 
of his generation. As a teacher, preacher, and college 
president he was outstanding. He was thorough in 
his teaching, profound in his preaching, and success- 
ful as a college administrator. In the deliberations of 
the higher courts of the Church his counsel was fre- 
quently sought and his judgments respected." 
Samuel O. Houston, Chairman 

Directors of Maryville College 
"Dr. Wilson was truly great. To me a chief fac- 
tor in his greatness was his ability to make other 
people feel important while never seeming to feel 
important himself. A flood of personal recollections 
and observations confirm this characteristic. It arose 
I think out of his complete friendliness and loyalty 
to persons — all the persons he came in contact with." 
Horace E. Orr 

Professor in Maryville College 
"Dr. Wilson was a Christian gentleman. His life 
was a beautiful symmetry of strength and gentle- 
ness, ambition and unselfishness, achievement and 
humility. He possessed the rare gift of discovering 
people's highest aims and ambitions and developing 
in them strong character and steadfastness of pur- 
pose. He never failed to express appreciation; thor- 
oughness characterised whatever he did; and a re- 
freshing sense of humor illuminated his profound 
seriousness of purpose. He was a man of great in- 
fluence in the Church, in Christian Education, and 
in the lives of those who knew him." 
Clemmie J. Henry 

Director of Student-Help in 
Maryville College 

"The lives of thousands of men and women 
throughout the entire world have been influenced by 
Dr. Wilson. His Christian example, sincerity and de- 
votion, his personal interest and individual help will 
live on forever in our memories. There is no way to 
estimate adequately the value of the life of a Chris- 
tian educator such as Dr. Wilson." 
David W. Proffitt, '16 


Soon aftr the death of Dr. Wilson a gift of $500 
was sent to the College by David W. Proffitt, '16, 
and several of his associates in Proffitt's Store of 
Maryville who are graduates of the College "to be 
used for some memorial which, will bear the name of 
this beloved man." To this have been added two 
other gifts of $500 each by Clyde T. Murray, 
ex. '12, and Mrs. Murray, '13, and by Lamar S. 
Wilson, '21. 

The Committee on Finance and the Chairman of 
the Directors of the College and the donors have 
approved the President's recommendation that this 
$1,500 be made the beginning of a "Samuel Tyndale 
Wilson Memorial Foundation." This Foundation will 
be an endowment of a chair of English, in memory 
of the fact that Dr. Wilson in 1884 was appointed 
as Maryville's first Professor of the English Lan- 
guage and Literature and served in that professorship 
for thirty-one years. 

The Directors' Finance Committee and the Alumni 
Executive Committee have approved an appeal to 
Alumni, Directors, and Faculty for $25,000 to be paid or 
pledged toward this Foundation by the 126th Com- 
mencement in May, 1945. With the three gifts al 
ready made, there remains $23,500 to be secured. 
Large and small gifts are welcome. Please write the 
Executive Secretary, Alumni Office, Maryville Col- 
lege, Maryville, Tennessee, indicating your pledge or 
sending your gift. 

Ella Ercelle Hunter, '34, to I. Kyle Snyder, June 15. 
Jacob Tate Hunt, '38, to Harriet Elisabeth Durnell, 

June 19. 
Harwell W. Proffitt, Ex. '40, to Florence Ortman, 

September 8. 
Andrew F. O'Connor, '41, to Clara Jane Baldock, '42, 

September 12. 
Rachel Kathleen McCall, '42, to Freeman Ragain. 
Lyndall Becker, '43, to Miles McMillin, June 1. 
Mary Josephine Jennings, '43, to Lawernce F. Sthresh- 

ley, '44, May 18. 
J. Edward Kidder, '43, to Lena Cordelia Dellinger, '44, 

August 19. 
Jean Patterson, '43, to Olson Pemberton, '43, Aug- 
ust 18. 
Edward Sapp, '43, to Marjorie McCaleb, Ex. '47, 

May 19. 
William Wallace Evans, Ex. '44, to Teddie L. Cofer, 

Paul H. Moehlman, '44, to Marjorie L. Stokesbury, 

Ex. '45, August 27. 
Jean Batchelor, Ex. '45, to Murphy Williams, Octo- 
ber 10. 
Betty Burton, Ex. '45, to Tucker Pcnner (42nd. CTD). 
Harold Huffman, Ex. '45, to Ada Louise Yadon, Junior. 



On September 11 Pro- 
fessor and Mrs. David H. 
Briggs received word that 
their son David, with the 
U. S. Army in France, had 
been missing in action since 
August 15. On September 
27 word came that he had 
been killed in action on that 
date. He attended Mary 
villc College in 1942-1943, 
leaving in March to enter 
the Army. 

On August 18 Professor 
and Mrs. Horace E. On- 
received word that their 
son William, with General 
Stilwell's forces in Burma, 
had been killed in action 
on July 29, 1944. He had 
been in the Army since 
graduation from high school 
in 1943. Their son Eugene, 
who graduated from Mary- 
ville in 1939, is a Captain 
in the Army, serving at 
present in the U. S. 

Miss Rachel L. Shobert, 
of DuBois, Pennsylvania, 
has been added to the Fac- 
ulty as Instructor in Music. 
She holds the Bachelor of 
Music degree from the Col- 
lege of Wooster, Ohio, and 
during the past year has 
been on the faculty of the 
Grand Island Conservatory 
of Music, Nebraska. Her 
special field is piano. 

Mr. Richard W. Vine 
has returned to the Faculty 
as Assistant Professor of Music after a year's absence 
in war work. He is teaching Voice and directing the 
Choir and Orchestra. Mr. Philip O. Jones, of Chi- 
cago, who filled Mr. Vine's position last year, has 
accepted a position as a music teacher and director 
in the State of Washington. 

Miss Almira E. Jewell, for the past thirty-three 
years a member of the Maryville College faculty, was 
seriously ill during the summer and although now 
improving is unable to resume her teaching. Her 
classes in History are being carried by Dr. Hunter, 
Miss Johnson, and Dr. Collins. Also Miss Alice Wine, 
for the past seven years Head of Memorial Hall, was 
critically ill in the summer. She is much improved 
but not able to resume her duties. Miss Jewell is at 
present at the home of her sister in Benton and Miss 
Wine is in Denver, Colorado. 


Miss Iola G. Harwood, who has been Assistant to 
the Head of Baldwin Hall, is in charge at Memorial 
and Mrs. Clara Franklin Cate of Knoxville has been 
appointed Assistant to the Head. 

Dr. Ruth E. Cowdrick is this year conducting all 
of the classes in Spanish, Dr. John H. Stellwagen 
having accepted a position on the faculty of Missouri 
Valley College. 


Samuel Tyndale Wilson 
(See his biographical sketch 
on page 9) . 

Mrs. W. H. Moffitt 
(Lelia Agnes Ware, '21) 
died December 16, after 
an illness of seven or eight 
years which were spent in 
Western North Carolina. 

William Claude (Jack) 
Dunn, Ex. '39, was killed 
on May 16, when his plane 
struck an air pocket and 
collided with a hangar 
where he was training.* 

Howard Bartlett McGill, Ex. '39, (Pfc.) was killed 
in action in France, June 12.* 

Robert B. Moore, '41, (Lt., j.g.) was an officer 
aboard the U.S.S. Warrington which was swamped 
by high seas from the recent hurricane off the east 

Craig Jack Harwood, '41, was killed in action on 
the first flying fortress raid on Germany, over Bremen, 
April 17, 1943. His widow, Jane Todd Harwood, re- 
ceived the Purple Heart and two oak leaf clusters 
and an Air Medal, conferred posthumously, upon her 
husband for meritorious achievement. He had been 
promoted to the rank of Captain just before his death. 
He and his wife have a son, Craig Douglas Harwood, 
born, April 1, 1943.* 

Irma Holly Criswell, '42, died at her home in 
Florida, June 19. 

*We regret that pictures of these men killed in 
action were not available to us in time for this issue. 


Emmett Kilpatrick (Major) in a letter recently from 
his North African station reveals that he has been 
there for a year and a half and that he has flown 
the Mediterranean many times to Corsica, Sardinia, 
Sicily, Italy, and the Adriatic. He recalled his happy 
experiences when he was at Maryville College as well 
as some hard ones as a prisoner of war in Russia 
during the first World War. 

Robert W. Adams has this summer moved back 
to Knoxville where he has accepted an administra- 
tive position with the Clinton Engineer Works-Ten- 
nessee Eastman Corporation, Oak Ridge, Tennessee. 
His wife (Lucy K. Edwards) and two daughters, 
Geraldine and Lucy Jean, are with Mr. Adams. They 
are living in his father's former home at 505 Kenyon 
Avenue, Knoxville 17. Since 1922 they have made 
their home m Detroit where Mr. Adams was en- 
gaged in newspaper advertising and insurance work. 



Thomas B. Vance, on May 2, 1944, was appointed 
director of territorial institutions, Territory of Hawaii, 
for a four year term. He went from Maryville Col- 
lege to Hawaii where he became principal of one of 
the large high schools. As assistant to the director 
of territorial institutions, who died recently, he has 
been acting director until his appointment. The 
Honolulu Star Bulletin carried write-ups and pic- 
tures at the time of his appointment and at the time 
of his installation. 

W. Clyde Wilson has been granted three months 
leave from the Parkside Presbyterian Church, Madison, 
Wisconsin, to conduct a campaign to raise $100,000 
endowment fund for Synod's National Mission work. 

Robert Wilson Bishop is editor of the CIRCLE of 
Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor 

Herman R. Elsy (Lt.) is reported m the European 
theatre of operations. 

William Roger Rusk is now an instructor in phys- 
ics at the University of Tennessee. 

John A. (J.D.) Dais was elected athletic director 
of Central High School, Knoxville; he is on leave 
from the College. 

Evelyn H. Seedorf has been appointed head of the 
department of speech at Colby Junior College, New 
London, New Hampshire. 

James Edward Sprouse has been reported advanced 
to the rank of First Lieutenant. The report also re- 
vealed that he and his wife (Grace Stacker) have a 
son, James Edward, Jr., born April, 1943. 

Ben Chambers, who taught at the College in the 
Army program last year, is teaching mathematics at 
Central High School, Knoxville. 

Lynn Boyd Rankin received the Doctor of Sacred 
Theology degree from Temple University, May 18, 
1944. In addition to his pastorate at Gap, Pennsyl- 
vania, he is part-time Instructor in Church History 
in the Seminary at Lincoln University. 

Hubert L. Duncan on July 9 reported fifteen months 
of duty as Chaplain at the Federal Prisoners Medical 
Center, Springfield, Missouri. He expects to return 
to his parish soon. 

Wesley Y. Culver (Captain) has; moved around 
rapidly in this war. First he was in Panama from 
which station a copy of the Magazine followed hint 
to North Africa. He has now returned to the United 
States and is attached to the Oliver General Hospital, 
Augusta, Georgia. In addition to his general med- 
ical duties, he is a member of the Army Commit- 
ment, CDD, and Insanity Boards. 

William S. Dunning (1st Lt.) reports meeting sev- 
eral Maryville men in North Africa. He is on duty 
in Italy. 

Stroud Gwynn has been added to the coaching staff 

of Castle Heights Military Academy, Lebanon, Ten- 

H. Willard Lampe has been a Chaplain with the 
forces in New Guinea since November, 1943. He 
was recently promoted to the rank of Captain. 

E. Ercelle Hunter Snyder is teaching school at Soddy 
Daisy High School near Chattanooga and the Red 
Bank High School where her husband is also a 

Theron Alexander, Jr., is in the Navy, San Fran- 
cisco, California. 

Thomas M. Davis, Ex. '35, as a Captain in the 
ground crew of the Army Air Forces, has served 
in Italy and the Middle East two years as an aviation 
quartermaster officer. He has now returned to the 
United States and is being processed through the 
Army Air Forces Redistribution Station No. 2 in 
Miami Beach, Florida. 

O'Neal M. Gray (Lt.) is now aboard the U.S.S. 

James B. Wilson received the Ph.D. degree from 
the University of Southern California, June 25, 1944. 

T. Bruce Alexander is in the Navy, training in 

Thelma Ross Beirne reports a busy schedule at- 
tending to a young son, doing relief teaching, and 
helping her husband with his reports in their new 
home in Avcnal, California. 

Mr. and Mrs. George W. Brown (Lucille Roberts, 
'37) are now living in Silver Springs, New York, 
where George is principal of the high school. 

The Church Times for September 9, 1944, carried 
a picture (page 8) of Edward Brubaker (Chaplain) 
visiting some of the wounded in a field hospital only 
a few miles behind the front lines on Saipan. 

Bessie May Mansfield received the MA. degree 
from Scarritt College, Nashville, in August and will 
assume her duties as director of religious education in 
the Larger Parish, Hudson, Michigan. 

Arthur D. Byrne (Lt.) has completed his training 
in meteorology and air combat intelligence and is now 
at Morris Field, N. C. 

Marvin Minear has completed his boot training in 
the Navy. His wife (Catherine Pond, '39) and their 
young son continue to live in Maryville. 

John D. Clinkman reports that Vernon Clark, Ex. 
'40, is a Captain in the Engineers on duty in Eng- 
land. He is probably on the Continent now. 

John J. (Jack) Ballenger is now with a bomber 
group at the Naval Air Field, Clinton, Oklahoma; he 
was commissioned some time ago. 

Jacob Thompson Bradsher, Jr., was graduated with 
the M.D. degree from the Duke University School of 
Medicine, September 23, 1944. 

Frank Brink is now in New Guinea. 

Warren G. Corbett has been wounded overseas and 
hospitalized. His wounds are not thought to be 


Eldon Seamons is now Pastor of the Westminster 
Presbyterian Church, Montrose, Ohio. 

Stuart R. Schimpf recently contributed an article on 
"The Sovereignty of God and the Freedom of Man," 
to The Presbyterian. 

Ralph Perry Thompson received the B.D. degree 
from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 
June, 1944. 

]. Robert Watt is Assistant Pastor, Third Presby- 
terian Church, Pittsburgh. 

Robert L. Wilcox spent three months in the Navy, 
two and a half years in business and is now in the 
Candler Divinity School of Emory University, Georgia. 


Dorothy J. Buchanan is a Junior Laboratory Helper 
in the Veterinary Laboratory, Indianapolis, Indiana. 

A recent release from a North African Air Service 
Command Base gives Harry Elwood Graham credit 
for getting the wrecked enemy planes cleared and a 
ten team baseball league going. He managed and 
played third base on the leading team. He is head of 
the parachute department at his base. 

Virginia L. Stroebe is attending the University of 
Tennessee this fall. 

Helen Trotter who was assistant to the dietitian at 
the College last year is teaching home ecenomics at 
Tennessee Wesleyan Junior College. 


Lyndall Becker McMillin is teaching science and 
home economics in the Morgan School (Private Pre- 
paratory) , Petersburg, Tennessee. 

The Alcoa News recently carried a picture of Ver- 
non V Ferguson, Ex. '43, (1st Lt.) who has received 
the DFC for extraordinary achievement. He helped 
to pound the beaches of Normandy on D-day. He 
took part in the first three way shuttle run from 
England to Russia to Italy. He has bombed indus- 
trial targets in Germany, Poland, Romania, France. 
He previously has received the Air Medal with three 
oak leaf clusters. 


Carl J. Best, Ex. '44, (Pfc.) was recently written 
up by a Marine Corps Correspondent from Talasea, 
New Britain, as a man who seemed to be able to find 
an organ and give a recital wherever he goes in the 
South Pacific, citing especially his recitals in St. Paul's 
Cathedral, England, and Town Hall, Melbourne, Aus- 
tralia. His favorite number is said to be the Alma 
mater of Maryville College. 

Jane Newland, Ex. '44, is a senior Cadet Nurse at 
Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, and is living at 7470 
Byron Avenue, Detroit 2. 

Spence Renfro, Ex. '44, is now a P.O. 3/c and 
athletic director at the Naval Training Station, Bain- 
bridge, Maryland. 

Oliver K. Spears, Ex. '44, has been commissioned 
2nd Lieutenant at Midland (Texas) Army Air Field. 

Glenn A. Trexler, '44, (Cpl.) writes of his inten- 
sive training and participation in the Middle Tennessee 
Maneuvers. He expects to be shipped abroad soon, 
but hopes to get back to Maryville College to com- 
plete his college work after the war. 

Elbert M. Upshaw, Ex. '44, is within eight months 
of completing his work at the Southern Dental Col- 
lege, Atlanta. His group is being returned to civilian 
life and released from military control. He visited the 
campus, September 22. 

Mary Wessels, Ex. '44, is a secretary at the Fisher 
Tank Division, G.M.C Detroit, and lives at 26100 
Dundee Road, Huntington Woods, Michigan. 

Aimee M. Wriggins has entered Woman's Medical 
College at Philadelphia. 


Matthews W. Hardin, Ex. '45, was recently com- 
missioned in the Air Corps at Stockton Field, Cali- 

Gordon Webb, Ex. '45, isited the College, August 
9, and reported being commissioned in the Air 
Force. He reported that "Jeff" Breaseale, William H. 
Roberson, and Frank Still were all commissioned and 
were with him at Maxwell Field, Alabama. 


Harold W. Henry, Ex. '47, has entered the Navy. 


Lt. and Mrs. W. G. Perry (Eloise Garrett, '32), a 
daughter, Rose Anne, August 2. 

Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Dickinson (Julia "Irish" 
Terry, '32), a son, William Frederick, May 31. 

Captain and Mrs. H. Willard Lampe, '34 (Char- 
lotte A. Upp, Ex. '36), a son, Henry Willard III, 
May 14. 

Mr. and Mrs. Luther Allin Stephens, '37 (Irene 
Browder, '38), a daughter, Susan Randolph, April 13. 

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde W. Powell, '38 (Kathryn 
Reed, '38), a son, David Reed, September 4. 

Captain and Mrs. Harold (Rusty) Wicklund, Ex. 
'40 (Dorothy Elisabeth Armstrong, '38), a daughter, 
May 28. 

S/Sgt. and Mrs. Joseph L. Stroble, Jr. (Margaret 
Hamrick, '39), a son, Joseph Lawton Stroble, III, 
September 18. 

Lt. and Mrs. Dean Mix (Arlene Barrett, '40), a 
daughter, Elisabeth Valeria, July 11. 

Mr. and Mrs. Warren George Corbett, '41 (Mary 
Louise Cooper, '41) a son, Warren Lee, August 29. 

Rev. and Mrs. Alfred H. Davies, '41 (lone Youngs, 
'41), a daughter, Susan lone, August 23. 

Rev. and Mrs. John Melvin Magee, '41 (Margaret 
Sisk, '40), a daughter, Connie Louise, September 26.