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DR. SAMUEL TYNDALE WILSON
Fifth President of Maryville College
125TH ANNIVERSARY ... HOMECOMING
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-
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.
OFFICERS OF THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
President - Estelle Snodgrass Proffitt, '08
Vice-President - George Brown, '3 3
Recording Secretary Winifred Painter, "15
Executive Secretary James Smith, '35
Class of 1945: Andrew L. Alexander, '34; Mrs. F. A. Greene, '22; Mrs. L. C.
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.
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PRESIDENT LLOYD'S PAGE
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.
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.
j\auL/y£ /Uttl^Lo 'jfa-
Estelle Snodgrass Proffitt
THE ALUMNI PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
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
125 YEARS OF SERVICE
Ralph Waldo Lloyd
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.
THE PREDECESSOR OF MARYVILLE COLLEGE IN 1802
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
THE CAMPUS IN 1871
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'f j.it i JL li
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
W/V£V?,<7 r\ f .,
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 FEBRUARY MEETINGS
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
JUDGE S. O. HOUSTON, '98
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.
THE CAMPUS IN 1937
1 Chapel. 2 Baldwin. 3 Pearsons. 4 Hospital. 5
lett. 12 Swimming Pool. 13 Alumni Gymnasium.
CENTRAL CAMPUS OF MARYVILLE COLLEGE
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-
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.
THE LIFE OF SAMUEL TYNDALE WILSON
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:
ro,.*u YV/.l,.™ PV.;l1ii-,= r,P r,n>pnmnnd S D ■ Olive
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 E. VALE
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.
REV. DR. CHARLES L. KING
SAMUEL TYNDALE WILSON
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
"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
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-
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
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
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."
IN AND OUT OF THIS ISSUE
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
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
"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
THE SAMUEL TYNDALE WILSON
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.
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,
Harwell W. Proffitt, Ex. '40, to Florence Ortman,
Andrew F. O'Connor, '41, to Clara Jane Baldock, '42,
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,
Jean Patterson, '43, to Olson Pemberton, '43, Aug-
Edward Sapp, '43, to Marjorie McCaleb, Ex. '47,
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-
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
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.
ROBERT B. MOORE
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
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.
1915 HERE AND THERE
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
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-
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,
]. 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-
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,
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,
S/Sgt. and Mrs. Joseph L. Stroble, Jr. (Margaret
Hamrick, '39), a son, Joseph Lawton Stroble, III,
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.