Published by National Alumni Association of Oglethorpe University
January 1964 No. 4
The Legend of the Boar's Head Ceremony
It is said that Queens College, Oxford celebrated the original Boar's Head
Ceremony because a student had been saved from a wild boar by stuffing a copy
of Aristotle down the Boar's throat and choking him to death. Having died
at the pen of such an outstanding writer, the boar provided a fine Christmas
dinner and gave the students of the thirteenth century an excellent excuse for a
party so they celebrated Aristotle's choking abilities every year.
After the tradition became well established, moral symbolations were added
and the ceremony was given a religious interpretation.
The boar's head, sometimes weighing nearly a hundred pounds, was cooked
and decorated with flags, had cranberry eyes and an orange was put in its mouth.
The head was then borne in on a large platter while the students sang the ancient
Boar's Head Carol. After the singing the students ate.
The Boar's Head Ceremony started at Oglethorpe in 1944, when there were
thirty-five students and a small faculty. Christmas was like a family affair. A
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joined in the singing and went out to gather the decorations. At this time, in
addition to the familiar Christmas carols, a balladier sang ancient carols accom-
panying himself on the mandelin.
The Boar's Head fraternity was first established on the campus in 1920, but
it disappeared during the years around World War II. The membership was
honorary and based on scholarship. About 1947 after its reorganization the
members took the planning of the Boar's Head Ceremony as a service project.
The number enrolled in the school was too large for everyone to do everything
and having one group responsible for the planning saw that what had to be done
The Boar's Head Processional
The Boar's Head
In 1950 a stuffed European Boar's
head replaced the pig's head. The ro-
mance of the new Boar's head was in-
creased by the knowledge that it was
shot with a bow and arrow. The Play-
ers, along with other groups on campus,
gave the head to the school.
As the number of guests that at-
tended increased so did the formality.
The school Chorus began to take a
more prominent part. Costumes were
made for the pages and it became a
tradition for the pages to be children
of the professors.
Although the number that attended
has increased, the feeling of the in-
scription over the fire place in the Great
Hall is still present . . . "Square round
and let us closer be, ..." A roaring
fire and an abundance of Christmas
spirit fill the Great Hall.
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The President's Corner
Published seven rimes o year in July, September, Oc-
tober, January, March, April and May by Oglethorpe
University, Atlanta, Georgia.
Jim Holliday '49 President
E. P. "Penny" Jones '61 1st V. President
Wayne Dobbs, '61 2nd V. President
Bert Robinson '50 _ 3rd V. President
Mary Walker '34 Secretary
Wayne Traer '28 Treasurer
Sam M. Hirsch, Jr. '50 Chairman
Hank Atchison, '52
Bob Oliver, '57
Mrs. Tommie Carper, '37
Marvin Lawson, '58
Ed. Chandler, '49
Phil Scales, '41
I.amar Adams, '36
Wilson Franklin, '39
Mrs. Joyce B. Minors, '57
Miss Feebeck Passes
Miss Feedbeck, Former Dean of
Women at Oglethorpe died November
6, 1963 at her home in Tiger, Georgia.
Miss Feedbeck had lived in Tiger
since her retirement from Oglethorpe
in 1942. She had been associated with
the college for twenty-two years.
William Mitlern McRay, '28, died this
Samuel Bumey Pollock '25, died last
Fall. He resided in Gadsden, Alabama.
Mrs. John M. (Marion H. Wolff)
Young, '31, died recently in New York
where she made her home.
Jim Holliday '49 President
Almost every phase of life as we
know it is represented by those of us
who attended Oglethorpe. Doctors,
lawyers, religious leaders, educators,
physicists, chemists — name it and
there is a wide margin of representa-
tion. Students from many nations, re-
ligions, rich and poor, young and
elderly — those hallowed doors have
never failed to open to those seeking
self improvement. Her Alumni can
take great pride in the knowledge that
long ago our school had overcome the
petty grievances of prejudice, intoler-
ance — a lack of feeling for our fellow
man. She has been a directive for
democracy in many corners of our
globe — producing much, asking little
in return. Tried as very few institutions
of her kind have known and has risen
to a height placing her with the best.
We of Oglethorpe know these things
and our appreciation can come to
light only by routinely remembering
her endeavors — and acting! Henry
Thoreau once stated, "Build your
castles in the sky and then underneath
build a solid foundation". The founda-
tion is strong and we, the Alumni the
builders, must continue to keep these
castles in focus.
Ladies of Japan
Japan's five most influential ladies
were at Oglethorpe October 12-15 as
guests of the United States State De-
partment. They were accompanied by
a department official and a Japanese
interpreter. These ladies are touring
the United States and Atlanta was the
first city they visited after they left
They were especially interested in
seeing the type of education America's
youth is offered. Spellman and Ogle-
thorpe were chosen as the two colleges
they would visit while they were here.
They also visited the Georgia Training
School for Girls, Stone Mountain and
several private homes. They attended a
meeting of the Women's League for
Peace and Freedom the evening before
While at Oglethorpe they toured the
campus, visited in the girls dorm and
had an interview with Dr. Agnew. The
ladies were impressed with the campus
and the idea of a small number of
students attending a school with so
When they visited the girls dorm
they were surprised that they were al-
lowed to see the girls as they were:
studying, rolling their hair or ironing.
The informality and general friendli-
ness of the girls made their visit mem-
Dr. Agnew's interview with them
showed a sharp but favorable contrast
to the strict formality experienced
when speaking with either European or
Asian educators. They freely asked Dr.
Agnew questions about the college,
American education and the Ogle-
A touch of humor was added to the
interview when one of the Japanese
ladies asked Dr. Agnew if the female
students at Oglethorpe were like co-ed
students in Japan who came to college
to find a husband as well as an educa-
tion. Dr. Agnew paused for a moment
and replied in the affirmative.
After they finish their tour of the
United States two of the ladies will
participate in a similar tour of the
Oglethorpe Self Study
Oglethorpe University has been un-
dergoing a self-study program for the
past year. In this self-study every as-
pect of the school has came under
close scrutiny. The purpose of this
intensive revaluation is to be aware
of any improvements needed.
Oglethorpe is a member of the
Southern Association of Colleges and
Schools, which is the accrediting
agency for the Southeast. Oglethorpe
was first accredited in 1950. It is the
practice of the S.A.C.S. to re-examine
those colleges which are accredited by
it about once every ten years.
This re-examination came in the
form of a Visiting Committee from
the S.A.C.S. for the reaffirmation of
accreditation. The committee was here
November 3-6. While here they talked
to students and professors, visited class
rooms, checked records in various of-
fices on campus, ate in the cafeteria
and checked the infirmary.
The Chairman of this committee was
Dean Charles B. Vale of Hampden-
Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney,
Virginia. The other members of the
committee were: Dean Edward Alvey
of Mary Washington College, Fred-
ericksburg, Virginia; Dr. Warren F.
Jones, President emeritus of Union
University, Jackson, Tennessee; Dean
Charles I. Diehl, Dean of men at
Southwestern at Memphis, Tennessee;
Mr. Leon Fordem, Librarian at Day-
tona Beach College, Daytona Beach,
After three days of poking into every
nook and cranny of Oglethorpe the
members of the Committee will write
a long report to be screened by another
committee for the December Meeting
of the S.A.C.S. During this meeting the
screening committee will make a rec-
ommendation to the Association as a
John Patrick Honored
John W. Patrick
John W. Patrick, '33, assistant su-
perintendent of East Chicago Public
Schools, was honored at a testimonial
dinner on November 18th as he marks
the end of 20 years as athletic director
of the schools.
The tribute was paid to Mr. Patrick
at St. Stanislaus Auditorium in East
Mr. Patrick stepped out of the pub-
lic school's athletic program when the
football season ended. He will now
devote his time and energy as director
of personnel in the East Chicago
Patrick became director of physical
education and athletics in the East
Chicago public schools in 1944 after
a 10 year career as head football
coach, dean of the school, of health
and physical education, director of in-
tramural athletics and dean of men at
Oglethorpe University. At Oglethorpe
he was an outstanding football player.
He received his Bachelor of Arts de-
gree in 1932, and his Master's degree
Under Patrick's supervision, local
high school athletic teams in East
Chicago have taken 8 sectional and 6
regional basketball championships, 3
semi-state crowns, one state champion-
ship and runner-up honors another
Definition of a Word
What is endowment?
Webster defines endowment as "that
which is bestowed or settled on a per-
son or institution".
So far, so good, but it does not ans-
wer the question of what is endow-
ment. Let us look at the word again.
Endowment. Where does the word
come from? En- meaning make, make
into, or make like; dowry; meaning a
gift of money, goods or property; and
-ment: a concrete result or thing. Now
a word with meaning has emerged.
Endowment: make a gift of money,
or more specifically, make a gift of
money to an institution.
Why is endowment money important
to Oglethorpe or any other college?
Endowment money is invested in
stocks and bonds that will produce an
income. This income is used for the
operating expenses of the college. The
principle is not touched.
Oglethorpe does not have enough
endowment money invested to bring
the income from the principle to sup-
port the operation of the college and
to raise faculty salaries to the level
needed to retain the teaching staff we
Oglethorpe needs more endowment
money to invest.
A gift to endowment is a gift which
keeps on giving.
If you cannot contribute to endow-
ment, you can make your gift replace
needed new income from new endow-
ment and you may be able to influence
sources of endowment to invest in
What is endowment?
Endowment can be a word in the dic-
tionary or it can be the life's blood
of a living institution.
time. Also, thirteen Western Division
conference football championships, 9
state championships and 7 Northern
Indiana conference titles.
Two of his coaches attained the
highest state recognition honors; one
was football coach of the year and the
other was named basketball coach of
Chris A. Hansen, Chief of the Di-
vision of Research Services, has an-
nounced the appointment of Robert
S. Walters, Jr., '57 to the newly es-
tablished position of DRS Information
Office of the National Institute of
Neurological Diseases of Blindness.
He came to NIH from the graduate
school of the University of Wisconsin
where he did work in Physiology and
Mr. Walters is a 1957 graduate of
Oglethorpe University, summa cum
laude. He majored in chemistry and
To Be Mailed
Each of the alumni will receive in the
near future a copy of the new develop-
ment brochure, "The Oglethorpe Idea".
This brochure will be used as part of a
major developmental program which
has already been inagurated.
Oglethorpe's unusual program of
combined liberal arts, practical arts,
community service merits the support
of groups, individuals and corporations
beyond the immediate alumni friends.
We hope that you will use the brochure
to inform others of their opportunity to
participate in supporting an institution
which has been recognized f.or its con-
tributions to the moral, ethical and in-
tellectual life of the community and na-
Dr. Aqnew with Francis S. Key and Denny W. Spencer look over the projected figures lor the future
What's New With You?
You are the most important person we know. That is why we want to
know what you are doing, what milestones you have reached in your business,
what honors you have received in your civic and social affairs and news of
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- Fund Drive
A tabulation of the number of do-
nors as of December 1 5 and the amount
given by each class is as follows:
Alumni - Faculty
Hold Dinner Meeting
Both faculty and alumni were well
represented at the Alumni-Faculty
Dinner meeting held November 20. The
purpose of the meeting was to hear
plans for the forthcoming Alumni
After a delicious steak dinner Mr.
Jim Holiday '49, president of the
Alumni Association, opened the meet-
ing and introduced Mr. Howard Axel-
berg '40. Mr. Axelberg, a member of
the Board of Trustees, spoke on the
changes that have taken place at Ogle-
thorpe in the last ten years. He said
that these changes have helped the al-
ready good image that Oglethorpe has
with the general public and have con-
tributed to the improvement of the
Oglethorpe image in the Business
Community. The improved image is
also being carried to the community
by the increased activity of the Alumni
Association and the Board of Trustees.
Mr. Axelberg seemed hopeful about
Oglethorpe's future because of the now
prevailing attitude of those concerned
that if Oglethorpe is to get ahead it
will be by the efforts of those most
closely associated with it.
Part of the alumni and faculty attending the annual Alumni-Faculty Dinner
Elgin MacConnell, Mrs. Marjorie MacConnell shown with Jim Holliday. Alumni President
Mr. Holiday then introduced Mr.
"Penny" Jones '61, head of the For-
ward Oglethorpe Campaign. Mr. Jones
outlined the plans for obtaining the
sixty thousand dollar goal that has
been set for the three year period
1964-67. He also noted the fact that
the Alumni Association had achieved
much over the last six years. He stated
that he hoped the Association would
be able to put to use the experience
that has been gained during the cam-
paigns of the last few years.
Mrs. Williamson and Dr. Hodges
Soccer-Tied 2, Lost 9
While the won-loss record was not
glittering, the soccer team had its most
successful season. This success was
reflected by the number of boys who
participated consistently, working dil-
igently without any signs of discourage-
ment, under Coach Bill Carter. They
played a powerful schedule, with the
strongest being N.C.A.A. contender
Davidson. They finished with a tie
against St. Bernard, the next-toughest
team on the schedule.
Soccer has proved to be a very val-
uable addition to the inter-collegiate
athletic program. It offers an opportun-
ity for boys from the student body to
participate in varsity athletics, even
though they may not have an outstand-
ing high school athletic background.
We are very proud of our soccer pro-
gram, and believe that in time the
won-loss record will come up to par
with the hard-working enthusiasm of
the players and the coach.
Basketball-Won 2, Lost 1
As of this writing, the basketball
prospects are very "iffy". The main
"if" lies in the potential of the less
experienced boys on the team. Grad-
uation deprived us of the services of
Morris Mitchell, Bob Nance and Dar-
rell Whitford (Darrell is playing AAU
basketball with the Akron Goodyears
— a real honor). If Walker Heard,
Bill Parker, Bill Stewart, Jimbo Hart-
lage, Bobby Dalgleish and the other
younger boys can take up the slack,
we will have a fine year. Bobby Sexton
and Ray Thomas are the only two
The season started against Piedmont
College, which has come to be our
traditional opening game. Piedmont is
the only team on our schedule which
we have played twice every year for
the last seven years. They never fail
to fight all the way. The final score
was Oglethorpe 86, Piedmont 55.
Oglethorpe was erratic on both offense
Murray State nearly swept us right
out of the state of Kentucky, beating
us 83-57. If anything good can be said
about such a defeat, it is that this game
showed us many of our weaknesses
early in the season.
Oglethorpe came back to a respect-
able 84-71 win over a strong Troy
State team. The team looked better
on offense but defense requires a lot
of work yet.
Our next games before Christmas
include two powerhouses, Phillips Oil-
trs and Georgia Southern. In the In-
vitational Tournament we will meet the
University of the South (Sewanee) on
the first night. The other two teams are
Mississippi College, the record-holder
for points scored last year with an
average of 114; and David Lipscomb,
who defeated Western Kentucky last
The schedule this year is the most
ambitious yet. Whether Oglethorpe
can reach the N.C.A.A. tournaments
again this year depends on the drive,
dedication and hustle which the boys
put forth day after day, practice after
practice, game after game. I would
like to encourage all alumni to come
to the games and support the team.
Your presence and your cheers mean
a great deal. Come to see the Stormy
Petrels, at home and away, and help
"make the Wheel roll" for 1963-'64.
Listed below are the names of all the
major companies in the United States
which now match funds given hv their
employees to the college of their choice.
If the company where you are employed
is listed here, remember that every dol-
lar you give to the University can mean
two, since your employer will give an
Additional companies are adopting
the Matching Gift Program daily. If the
name of your employer is not in this list,
check with him to see if he has joined the
Aetna Life Affiliated Companies
Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp.
American Brake Shoe Co.
American Express Co.
American & Foreign Power Co.. Inc.
American Home Products Corp.
American Sugar Refining Co.
Armstrong Cork Co.
Athos Steel and Aluminum. Inc.
Atlas Chemical Industries. Inc.
Atlas Rigging and Supply Co.
Bank of New York
Berks County Trust Co.
Whitney Blake Co.
Bloch Brothers Tobacco Co.
Boston Manufacturers Mutual Ins. Co.
Brown and Root Inc.
Cabot Corp.. Mass.
Campbell Soup Co.
Canadian Gen. Electric Co.. Ltd.
Carter Products. Inc.
Chase Manhattan Bank
Chemical Bank N. Y. Trust Co.
Chicopee Manufacturing Corp.
Cleveland Electric Illuminating Co.
James B. Clow & Sons. Inc.
Conn. General Life Ins. Co.
Conn. Light and Power Co.
Continental Oil Co.
Corn Products Co.
Corning Glass Works
Crossett Co.. Ark.
Diamond Alkali Co.
Diamond Crystal Salt Co.
Dow Chemical Co.
Dow Corning Corp.
Wilbur B. Driver Co.
Ebasco Services. Ind.
Electric Bond and Share Co.
Fafnir Bearing Co.
Find Motor Co.
F ord Motor Co. of Canada, Ltd.
Forty-Eight Insulations. Inc.
F. \ J. Gallo Winers
General Atronics Corp.
General Electric Co.
General Foods Corp.
General Foods Limited
General Public Utilities Corp.
M. \. Gesner of Illinois. Inc.
Ginn and Co.
Glidden Co.. Ohio
B. F. Goodrich Co.
W. T. Grant Co.
Gulf States Utilities Co.
Hercules Powder Co.
Hooker Chemical Corp.
Hughes Aircraft Co.
International Bus. Machines Corp.
Internatioanl Tel. & Tel. Corp.
Jefferson Mills. Inc.
Jewel Tea Co.. Inc.
S. C. Johnson & Son. Inc.
Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp.
Kaiser Steel Corp.
Kern County Land Co.
Walter Kidde & Co.
Walter Kidde Constructors
Kidder. Peabodv & Co.
Kingsbury Machine Tool Corp.
Koiled Kurds. Inc.
Lehigh Portland Cement Co.
H. M. Long. Limited
P. Lorillard Co.
Lustra Plastics Corp.
P. R. Mallory & Co.. Inc.
Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co.
McCormick & Co.. Inc.
McGraw-Hill Publishing Co.
Medusa Portland Cement Co.
Mellon Nat. Bank and Trust Co.
Merck & Co.. Inc.
M & T Chemicals Inc.
Middlesex Mutual Assurance Co.
Monticello Life Ins. Co.
Morgan Engineering Co.
Mutual Boiler and Machinery Ins. Co.
National Distillers and Chemical Corp.
National Lead Foundation Co.
Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America
New England Gas Electric Assoc. Sys.
New England Mutual Life Ins. Co.
New York Trap Rock Corp.
Norton Co., Mass.
John Nuveen & Co.
Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co.
Olin Mathieson Chemical Corp.
Ortho Pharmaceutical Corp.
Owens-Corning Fiberglass Corp.
Pennsall ( !hemicals Corp.
Personal Products Corp.
Petro-Tex < ihemicals ( !oi p.
Phelps I lodge ( iorp.
Pillsbui \ ( !o.. Minn.
Pitnej -Howes. Inc.
Pittsburgh Nat. Hank
Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co.
Preformed Line Products
Putnam Management Co., Inc.
Ouaker Chemical Products Coip.
Ralston Purina Co.
Reliable Electric Co.
R. J. l\r\ nolds Tobacco ( !o.
Riegel Textile Corp.
Rockwell Manufacturign Co.
Rock well -Standard Corp.
Rusl Engineering Co.
Scoll Paper Co.
Joseph E. Seagrams & Sons. Inc.
Sealright-Oswego Falls Corp.
Selby. Battersby &. Co.
Seton Leather Co.
Sharon Steel Corp.
Simmons Co.. N. Y.
Simonds Saw and Steel Co.
Sinclair Oil Corp.
Singer Manufacturing Co.
Smith Kline & French Laboratories
Smith-Lee Co.. Inc.. N. V.
Sperrj & Hutchinson Co.
Stackpole Carbon Co.
Standard Oil Company. N. J.
StaufTer Chemical Co.
Stevens Candy Kitchens. Inc.
W . H. Sweney & Co.
Tennessee Gas Transmission Co.
.1. I . Thorpe Co.
Towers. Pen-in. Forster & Crosb) . Inc
Travelers Insurance Companies
Turner Construction Co.
I nited Clay Mines Corp.
United Illuminating Co.
United States Trust Co. of N. Y.
Victaulic Co. of America
Charles J. Webb Sons Co.. Inc.
Western Publishing Co.
John Wiley & Sons. Inc.
Williams & Co.. Penn.
Wolverine Shoe and Tanning Corp.
Worchester Pressed Steel Co.
THROUGH THE YEARS
Dr. Paul West, '25, superintendent of
Fulton County Schools, has been re-
elected president of the Georgia Motor
Club, local affiliate of the American
Luke Appling, '32, has accepted a
position with the Kansas City Ath-
letics. He will begin his coaching duties
with the team in the spring in Braden-
Alva H. Thompson '36, is with the Ex-
port Division, Plastics Dept. of E. I.
duPont in Wilmington, Delaware.
James W. Edwards '37, has been ap-
pointed manager of Gulf Oil Com-
pany's Houston marketing division. He
will supervise the Company's market-
ing activities throughout most of south-
William Luttrell, '55, has completed
work for the Masters Degree in English
Literature at University of Colorado.
Robert B. Oliver, '57 is now associated
with E. F. Hutton & Company, mem-
bers of the New York Stock Exchange,
here in Atlanta.
Bishop M. Bell, Jr. '57, married Miss
Carol Ann Nagel of Chicago last Octo-
ber 16th. The couple will reside in
Mr. & Mrs. John Norton '57, have
moved to their new home in Jasper,
Georgia where Mr. Norton is the pas-
tor of the Jasper Methodist Church.
The Nortons have one son, Barth.
Al Sheppard, '58, is at Duke Univer-
sity completing work toward a PhD
degree in Electrical Engineering. He
also is a supervisor for Army projects
at Georgia Tech and the University
of Georgia. Mr. Sheppard is married to
the former Judith Prosser of Hawaii.
They are the parents of two children,
Marc Weinberg '60 is stationed at
Larson Air Force Base in Moses Lake,
Washington where he is engaged in
teaching at a local junior college. Mar-
garet, '61 is practice teaching and will
begin her teaching on a professional
basis later this year.
Sally and Peter Butchard '63, are the
parents of a son born last October in
LaGrange where the Butcharts are
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