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ie Alumni Fund 

usic Is Back 

ngers On Record 


cA Pictorial Report 
of Club Activity — 

Part of the story of expanding interest 
and loyalty for the College on the part 
of alumni is told in the pictures in the 
panel. They're a brief camera's eye 
view of some of the activities of alumni 
clubs during the past few months. Read- 
ing from top to bottom : in the first 
picture Jim Stuckenschneider, third from 
the left, outgoing president of the 
Memphis Area Millsaps Club, congrat- 
ulates J. J. Valentine, newly elected 
president. Seen in the picture from the 
left are W. F. Murrah, Valentine, 
Stuckenschneider, Mrs. Ralph McCool and 
Ralph McCool, secretary-treasurers, and 
Bernard Luke, vice president. Good food 
and good fellowship preceded the Mem- 
phis Area election, as is revealed by pic- 
ture number 2. When the Greenville Area 
Club organized in January, Mayor W. J. 
Caraway, of Leland, was named its first 
president. In picture number 3 Dr. H. 
E. Finger, Jr., left, and Dr. T. G. Ross 
wish the president-elect well. Newly 
elected Greenville Area officers pose 
with guests following the dinner meeting 
in the Hotel Greenville in picture num- 
ber 4. From the left, they are Craig 
Castle, Jackson, Association vice-presi- 
dent; M'illiam Kimbrell, Greenville, Club 
vice-president; Curtis Nabors, Leland, 
Club secretary; Dr. Ross; W. J. Cara- 
way, Leland, Club president; Dr. Finger; 
and AV. H. Bizzell, Cleveland, Club vice- 
president. Thunderstorms notwithstand- 
ing, the McComb Area's late spring out- 
ing was a success. Picture number 5 
shows seniors from high schools in the 
area with alumni and college officials 
between showers. Club President Tommy 
Parker planned the outing. 

The Story of Millsaps 

Alumni Living Their 

Loyalty to the 


In Their Own Home 





With the close of the 1955-56 
session two men whose contribu- 
tion cannot be measured in words 
reached the emeritus status. They 
are pictured in front of Murrah 
Hall where for many years they 
influenced the lives of hundreds 
of young men and women through 
their teaching and their example. 
To Alvin Jon King and Albert 
Godfrey Sanders go the gratitude 
and the love of all of us who call 
Millsaps College alma mater. 



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Alumni Fund Begins 
Your New Officers _ 

Results of Dues Plan 
Music Department ..„ 

4 Ford Foundation Gift 

5 Dr. Key Dies 

7 Singers on Record 

8 Alumni Day Reviewed 




President's Column 
Major Notions . . 
Millsaps Authors . 

. . Scholarship Data 
Campus News 
Personals .... 

Mrs. Cooper Retires 

Convention Scenes .... 

Births .... Sports Summary 

Union Building .... 
Graduation Story 

5 Professors Retire 

6 Foundation Formed 


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Editor James J. Livesay 

Assistant Editor Edna Boone 

Staff Assistant Shirley Caldwell 

Alumni Officers 

Thomas G. Ross 

_. William H. Bizzell 

Craig Castle 

Vice President Robert M. Matheny 

Recording Secretary Martha Gerald 

Executive Secretary James J. Livesay 

Alumni Committee Chairmen 


Vice President 

Vice President 

Club Organization 

Finance .. 

Legal Advisory 




J. D. Powell 

_.. Gilbert Cook, Sr. 

W. B. Lloyd 

0. S. Lewis 

Howard Jenkins 

Dan Wright 



Predict Minimum of $10,000 
From Campaign During 1956-57 

Graduates and former students of 
Millsaps College will give a minimum 
of $10,000 through the Alumni Fund 
during the coming year. 

That's the prediction and the hope 
of Alumni Association officials and the 
great need of the College. 

This $10,000 will be only a modest 
beginning for the new plan for alumni 
giving to be inaugurated with the start 
of the new year on July 1. 

The plan, to be known as the Millsaps 
College Alumni Fund, was conceived and 
developed by the 45-member Alumni 
Board of Directors over a three-year 
period and unanimously approved by 
members present at the Alumni Day 
banquet on May 10. The administration 
of the College was consulted regarding 
the needs of the College and their 
approval of the plan was secured before 
submitting it to the Board and the 
Alumni Association. 

The stage is set for the first real 
effort on the part of alumni to contri- 
bute in a material way to the support 
of the College. Success, which officials 
so confidently predict, depends on each 
of us. 

Now let us take a closer look at the 
Alumni Fund. 
How Will it Operate? 

Article III of the constitution, as 
amended on May 10, gives a good 
general description of the fund. The 
following excerpts list specific infor- 
mation : 

"There is established by the Alumni 
Association and the College a fund to 
be known as the Millsaps College Alum- 
ni Fund. Gifts of any amount may be 
made to the fund. Donors will be en- 
couraged to make unrestricted gifts; 
however, gifts for faculty salaries, 
buildings and grounds, scholarships, or 
other designated uses will be accepted. 

"There will be a separate fund-raising 
drive each year. 

"The fund director will be appointed 
annually by the president-elect of the 
Alumni Association and the president 
of the College. 

"The executive secretary of the Alumni 
Association and his staff will assist 
the fund director in the administration 
of the Alumni Fund campaign. The 
fund year will coincide with the Alum- 
ni Association fiscal year. 

"No specific amount will be provided 
from the Alumni Fund for the alumni 

office, but the Association will expect 

the College to provide sufficient funds 

for the operation of an effective alumni 


Why Is It Needed? 

Each year the unhappy news is re- 
ceived that several of the nation's inde- 
pendent colleges were forced to close 
their doors. Rising costs, which all 
of us can understand, shrinking return 
on endowment investment, inability to 
compete with business and industry in 
the matter of salaries — all of these 
are reasons. Millsaps College is faced 
with each one of these problems and 
they must be solved — without the bene- 
fit of tax money. 

A capacity enrollment has made it 
imperative that new dormitories and 
other buildings be constructed, new 
equipment be purchased, additional staff 
members be employed. 


One Hundred Alumni - 

DURING 1956-57 TO 

The Alumni Fund 



Many institutions are increasing costs 
to students — and automatically closing 
the doors to many promising young 
men and women. Millsaps officials are 
reluctant to do this, and yet additional 
funds must be obtained if standards are 
to be kept high and the College's leader- 
ship in the field of liberal arts education 
is to be maintained. 
Why Not Continue Dues? 

The program of membership dues 
inaugurated during the 1953-54 session 
has been a good beginning, but it has 
been only a token expression of the 
interest of the alumni. The first year 
it resulted in $980, the second year 
$2,225, and this past year $2,930. 

An encouraging and significant trend 
in this year's dues pattern is noted in 
the fact that while purchase of the $3 
minimum type showed only a 11% in- 
crease over the previous year, the sus- 

taining ($12 or above) membership 
purchases increased 70%. 

Despite these increases, the total giv- 
ing through the dues plan this year 
provided less than half of the basic cost 
for operating the alumni office. Except 
for approximately $700 for student ac- 
tivities, the 619 alumni participants 
did not contribute a sufficient amount 
to assist the College through its gene- 
ra] fund. 

The dues plan was a pump primer. 
Kothing more. One college admini- 
strator remarked, "We discontinued our 
dues plan because it did not challenge 
our alumni." 
Why Is Alumni Support So Important? 

The colleg-e is judged by the interest 
and support of its alumni. Potential 
support for the needs of the college 
exists in the areas of corporate gifts, 
gifts from foundations, bequests from 
parents of students and from friends. 
These same potential benefactors are 
being advised to make certain the 
alumni of the institutions they are 
considering believe in the value of the 
College sufficiently to support it with 
their own gifts. 

More direct, more obvious is the fact 
that if the College is to meet the 
challenge of the months and years ahead, 
alumni support, both spiritual and ma- 
terial, is a must. 
Who Supports the College? 

The income budget of Millsaps College 
reveals four major sources of support 
for the program. The largest single 
source is from tuition and fees, with 
income from endowment investment, 
gifts, room rent, and miscellaneous 
coming in that order. 

The most dramatic increase in support 
within recent years has come from the 
Methodist Church. The two conferences 
during the 1950-51 session gave a total 
of $10,320.10. The 1955-56 figure will 
reach $75,000. Next year it is believed 
that $96,000 will be received from this 
source. The Methodists of Mississippi 
are increasing their giving. 

Gifts from business and industry with- 
in recent years has been encouraging. 
Among those giving to the College are 
Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad Com- 
pany, U. S. Steel, Colgate-Palmolivei 
Company, and the Ford Foundation.! 
Colleges receiving substantial alumni 
support can look forward to much more: 
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Construction to Begin Soon on Union Building 

New Officers Named; 
Record Vote Cast 

In an election which topped last year's 
record response, Jackson, Mississippi, at- 
torney Craig Castle, '47, has been 
named to head the Millsaps College 
Alumni Association for the 1956-57 

Castle won over Robert Ridgway, 
'35, also of Jackson, after dues paying 
members of the Association from every 
section of the nation returned ballots 
mailed to them prior to Alumni Day. 
Sixty per cent of the graduates and 
former students eligible to vote par- 
ticipated in the election. 

Vice-presidents selected by their fel- 
low alumni were W. J. Caraway, '35, 
Leland mayor; Fred Ezelle, '37, Jack- 
son business executive; and Martha 
Gerald, '41, Jackson attorney. Other 
nominees for vice-president were G. C. 
Clark, '38, Jackson; the Reverend Inman 
Moore, '47, Pelahatchie; and Julian 
Prince, '49, McConib. 

Mrs. Tom Larche, '28, Jackson, was 
elected recording secretary of the As- 
sociation, defeating Norma Norton, '54, 
Jackson, for the post. 

The announcement of the results of 
the election was made at the annual 
Alumni Day banquet on May 10. The 
new officers will assume their duties 
on July 1. 

JUNE, 1956 

There was a quiet on the campus that 
day. The flag hung at half mast and 
those who did not know and didn't re- 
member asked about the stillness. It 
was January 25. Word had been received 
that Dr. D. M. Key, the fourth president 
of Millsaps College, had died in his sleep 
in Birmingham. An outstanding educa- 
tor, a man of great integrity had gone 
to his reward. 

Served Their Fellowmeti 

Methodism lost two of its ablest work- 
ers when death came to Dr. W. B. Lewis, 
'06-'09, of Houston, Texas, and Dr. 
Charles Crisler, LLB '14, of Jackson. 
Dr. Lewis, who passed away in April, 
had devoted his life to missionary serv- 
ice in Africa, and Dr. Crisler, who 
died in January, had long been a leader 
in the Methodist Church of Mississippi. 

Contracts will be let shortly after 
July 1 for construction of the $350,000 
L^nion Building, the second building 
project of the Million for Millsaps cam- 
paign, it was announced at press time 
by President H. E. Finger, Jr. 

Work should begin on the building 
during the summer, and officials are 
hoping that it will be ready for oc- 
cupancy by the 1957-58 session. 

On May 25 a total of $720,000 had 
lieen paid to the Million for Mill- 
saps fund on pledges of $1,103,408. It 
is hoped that individuals and churches 
will complete the payment of their 
pledges on schedule so that a men's 
dormitory may be built next to relieve 
overcrowded facilities. 

Will Fill Many Needs 

The Union Building will have a new 
and greatly enlarged cafeteria, grill, 
bookstore, offices for student organi- 
zations, rooms for meetings, a dark 
room, hobby room, and ample space 
for recreation. It will fill a need which 
has existed on the campus for many 
years — the need for adequate space 
for an all-campus recreational center. 

In commenting on the project the Pur- 
ple and White, campus weekly, said 
editorially: "We will be proud of the 
new Union Building. Few tangible 
things could do more for school spirit 
and enthusiasm than a place such as 
this where we can get together as often 
as we like with the faculty and other 

A three-gent'ralion Millsaps family was represented on the campus recently when 
the Reverend William 15. Jones, '97, and Dr. George B. Jones, '25, came to visit their 
granddaughter and daughter, Sarah, '58. Reverend Jones, who has had three 
children and five grandchildren to attend or graduate from Millsaps, is the oldest 
living graduate of Millsaps College. 

Sixty-Fourth Session Ended 
With Impressive Ceremonies 

One hundred and fifty-three seniors 
took part in Commencement exercises 
during the weekend of ]May 27-28 as 
the College reached the close of its 
sixty-fourth year. 

Speakers for the Baccalaureate ser- 
vices held at Galloway Memorial Meth- 
odist Church and Graduation exercises 
were Dr. Merrimon Cuninggim, dean of 
Perkins School of Theology, Southern 
Methodist University, and Dr. Myron 
F. Wicke, associate secretary of the 
Division of Educational Institutions, 
Board of Education of the Methodist 
Church in Nashville, Tennessee. 

Four Receive Honorary Degrees 

Four outstanding Mississippians were 
awarded honorary degrees by the Col- 
lege in recognition of notable service to 
the community, the Church, and the 
College. Doctor of Divinity degrees were 
conferred on the Reverend R. G. Moore, 
superintendent of the Cleveland District 
of the Methodist Church, and the Rev- 
erend J. D. Slay, pastor of First Meth- 
odist Church, Laurel. Alvin Jon King, 
beloved director of choral music at 
Millsaps for thirty-four years, received 
the degree of Doctor of the Humanities. 

A Ripley attorney and civic and church 
leader, Fred B. Smith, was awarded the 
degree of Doctor of Laws. 

The Commencement weekend began 
Sunday with Communion in Fitzhugh 
Chapel. Other events of the day included 
the senior breakfast at the Robert E. 
Lee Hotel, the Baccalaureate Service 
at Galloway Memorial Methodist 
Church, the President's reception for the 
senior class, and the Millsaps Singers 

The annual meeting of the Board of 
Trustees and the senior class meeting 
headed the list of morning Commence- 
ment activities Monday, May 28. Omit- 
ed this year was the alumni banquet, 
which will be held each year earlier in 
the spring. 

Monday night's graduation ceremonies 
were impressive in the cool May evening. 
The traditional processional with the 
graduating seniors and faculty in the 
line of march made its way from 
Sullivan-Harrell Science Hall past the 
library to seats in the outdoor audi- 
torium to begin the evening's program 
as the audience of parents, friends, and 
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The increasing interest and enthus- 
iasm of Millsaps College alumni are 
reassuring. Regular publications by the 
alumni office are 
partially responsible 
for this interest. The 
high quality of Major 
Notes accounts for 
the enthusiasm. The 
College has been 
pleased with the re- 
sponse the alumni 
publications have re- 

Intensive activity and careful plan- 
ning by the alumni officers and direct- 
ors have also contributed to the rise 
of alumni concern. The association has 
in recent years tapped some resourceful 
men and women to give it leadership 
and stimulation. 

Your interest and enthusiasm have 
been expressed because of alumni publi- 
cations and the activity of the alumni 
officers and directors. The reason for 
such interest, however, is gratitude on 
your part for Millsaps College's contri- 
bution to your development. Your 
enthusiasm for the College's growth and 
expansion can be attributed to your ap- 
preciation for the role it played in your 
intellectual and spiritual pilgrimage. 

Another substantial reason for the 
intensified alumni concern is the widen- 
ing recognition of Millsaps College's 
importance. With the tendency of gov- 
ernment to control more and more of 
life, independent colleges assume an 
exceedingly strategic position. With the 
need for responsible and able leaders 
in community and church, liberal arts 
education and Christian higher educa- 
tion grow in stature. With Mississippi's 
growth and expansion, the opportunities 
for a first rate liberal arts college in 
our capitol city are exciting indeed. 

Greetings to all of you from the 
President's Office. 


What We Gave Through The Dues Plan 

When Zach Taylor. Jr., assumed his duties as president of the Alumni Association on July 1, 1953, 
all of us looked forward to a big year. It was indeed a year of achievement, with the Million for 
Millsaps campaign heading the list of important steps forward. Another achievement was the inaugu- 
ration of the annual membership roll call, the first of its kind in the history of the College. 

As we move from a dues plan to the Alumni Fund program, a bigger and better approach to fund 
raising, it is well to take a statistical look at just what the membership calls accomplished. Certainly 
we will all agree that they set the stage for the 1956-57 Alumni Fund in a most efficient manner as 
more and more alumni participated each year. 

1953-54 Call 









Total . 


1954-55 Call 









1955-56 Call 




527 $2,225.00 

527 $1,581.00 

92 1,104.00 



619 $2,930.00 

With the beginning of the new year on July 1, the Millsaps College Alumni Association will 
launch its brand new plan for fund raising. 

Officials are hoping that when report time comes again next spring at least 1,000 alumni will 
have given an average of $10 each. 

We believe the goal will be exceeded. 


n -h 

Hard work on the part of an enthusiastic Board of Directors 
has made this year another year of progress for the Millsaps 
College Alumni Association. Members of the Board attend- 
ing the April meeting, one of four during the year, appear 
above. Pictured, from left to right, seated, are Mrs. Orrin 
Swayze, Jackson; Ruth Tucker, Jackson; Dr. T. G. Ross, 
president, Jackson; Mrs. Tom Larche, Jackson; Mrs. J. Earl 
Khea, Jackson; Martha Gerald, secretary, Jackson. Board 

members standing, from the left, are Dr. 0. S. Lewis, Hat- 
tiesburg; W. J. Caraway, Leland; Craig Castle, vice-presi- 
dent, Jackson; W. B. Lloyd, Jackson; Dr. Manning Hudson, 
Jackson; Gycelle Tynes, Webb; W. T. Hankins, Jackson; 
G. C. Clark, Jackson; Dr. H. E. Finger, Jr.; O. B. Triplett, 
Forest; W. L. Rigby, Gulf port; Dr. Charles Wright, Jackson; 
and Gilbert Cook, Canton. 

JUNE, 1956 

One of the high moments of a year which will be remembered for its important 
occasions was the national convention of Alpha Epsilon Delta held on the campus 
March 29-31. In the top picture officers of the premedical honorary appear follow- 
ing their election at the convention's business session. Seen fourth from the right 
is Dr. J. B. Price, head of the department of chemistry, host officer. Officials and 
their positions, from the left, are Dr. John B. Fincher, Howard College, national 
councilor; Dr. Maurice L. Moore, Bronxville, New York, national secretary-historian; 
Dr. Lloyd R. Gribble, West Virginia University, national president; Dr. Price; and 
Dr. Norman F. Witt, of the University of Colorado, national treasurer. It was the 
first time the meeting of the national organization had been held in Mississippi. 

Music Department Reactivated; 
Ambrose to Serve As Chairman 

The Department of Music at Millsaps 
College will be reactivated beginning in 
September, 1956. Dr. H. E. Finger, Jr., 
announced plans to re-establish the de- 
partment following approval by the 
Board of Trustees of the College. 

Holmes Ambrose, who has been serv- 
ing as associate director of choral music 
during the past year, will be chairman 
of the department. He will have a staff 
of at least two full-time assistants and 
other part-time teachers. Mr. Ambrose 
is a graduate of the University of 
Nebraska and holds the degree of Master 
of Music from the University of Ne- 

Belhaven Agreement Ends 

For the past five years instruction in 
applied music and other music courses 
has been provided by the music faculty 
of Belhaven College under the terms of 
an agreement made in 1951. The memo- 
randum of agreement expired at the end 
of the 1955-5fi academic year. 

In commenting on the arrangement 
with Belhaven, President Finger ex- 
pressed the "deep appreciation of the 
Board of Trustees for the splendid serv- 


ice rendered Millsaps students by the 
Belhaven College Faculty." Under the 
terms of the agreement students from 
Belhaven College and Millsaps College 
could take courses for credit from both 

The Department of Music will be 
housed in Elsinore Hall, which will 
undergo extensive alterations this sum- 
mer. Facilities will also be provided on 
the ground floor of Founders Hall and 
in the library for additional music ac- 

The reactivation of the music depart- 
ment is expected to provide greatly en- 
larged opportunities for the study of 
voice, organ, and piano. Particular em- 
phasis will be placed on training for 
students who are interested in becoming 
choir directors or church organists. Plans 
are being made to train ministerial 
students and students in Christian edu- 
cation in methods of enriching church 
music programs. 

Mr. Ambrose is especially interested 
in encouraging- prospective teachers to 
teach music in the public schools and, 
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Ford Gives Millsaps 
More than $200,000 

When the Ford Foundation made its 
half-billion dollar gift to the nation's 
privately supported colleges, medical 
schools, and hospitals last December, 
Millsaps was one of the 615 institutions 
of higher learning sharing in the grant. 
A total of .$210 million was designated 
specifically for use in improving faculty 
salaries, a critical item on the agenda 
of the independent colleges. 

Millsaps College was also one of 126 
institutions selected to receive a "bonus 
gift" of $50 million because of "note- 
worthy leadership in improving the 
status and pay of faculty members." 

The gift received by the College was 
$214,100, including the bonus grant. 

Ford Specifies Use 

According to the terms specified by 
the Ford Foundation, institutions shar- 
ing in the $210 million must use the in- 
come from the money fo.- the next ten 
years to raise faculty salaries. After 
that it can be spent anyway the adminis- 
tration sees fit. 

In addition to the Ford Foundation 
gift, donations have been received by 
the College from the following organi- 
zations within recent months: Colgate- 
Palmolive Company, $2,000; Esso Edu- 
cational Foundation, $2,000; and U. S. 
Steel, $1,000. 

Increasingly, the nation's independent 
colleges are looking to business and in- 
dustry to help in the financial crisis 
which is at hand. Happily, business is 
responding with individual gifts and 
donations through state foundations. 
Income from this source will remain 
small until alumni demonstrate their 
faith in these same independent colleges 
by giving them financial and moral sup- 

Who*s Who Lists Alumni 

The Educational Department of the ' 
A. N. Marquis Company has notified 
the College that Walter Scott Welch, 
of Laurel, Mississippi, and Robert Paul 
Ramsey, of Princeton, New Jersey, will 
be included as new biographees in the 
next edition of Who's Who in America. 

Mr. Welch received his LLB from 
Millsaps College in 1906, and Dr. Ram- 
sey is a member of the class of 1935. 


Death Comes 

To Dr. D. M, Key 

Wurd of the death of David Martin 
Key, the fourth president of Millsaps 
College, was received by the campus 
community on January 25. 

Members of the faculty and staff 
remembered Dr. Key as a friend and 
associate. They recalled his depth of 
character, his warmth, his devotion to 
truth. They were deeply touched by the 
sad news. Students and others who did 
not have the privilege of knowing him 
felt the impact of the news in the re- 
actions of those who were his friends 
and his "students." 

Dr. Key died in his sleep in Birming- 
ham, Alabama, following his wife in 
death by one year. He had been in fail- 
ing health for a number of months. Two 
sons, David Martin, Jr., of Columbus, 
Ohio, and Shelton, of Chicago, Illinois, 
and two daughters, Mrs. George Taylor 
and Mrs. James Preston, both of Bir- 
mingham, survive him. 

Among those attending the funeral 
from Millsaps College and the Jackson 
area were Dr. H. E. Finger, Jr., Dr. A. P. 
Hamilton, Dr. Ross Moore, and Dr. M. 
C. White. 

Following his retirement from the 
presidency of Millsaps College, Dr. and 
Mrs. Key moved to Birmingham, where 
Dr. Key accepted a position as professor 
of classical languages at Birmingham- 

Inspirational Thoughts 

Briefs From Commeecemeet 

Millsaps College seniors were reminded of their debt to the American experience 
and their Christian heritage by Dr. Merrimon J. Cuninggim at Baccalaureate 
services held Sunday morning, May 27. 

An overflow congregation at Galloway Memorial Methodist Church heard 
Dr. Cuninggim say, "You share two possessions and you owe 
two responses. You are debtors to the American experience. 
You cannot simply inherit it. The Bill of Rights must be 
continually affirmed. You must carry it on. 

"The faith of your fathers must be your faith. You must 
become the believer, the embodiment, the evangelist of the 
Christian faith. You may not live off the capital of religious 
itleals," he said. 

The Dallas educator reminded members of the Class of 
195G that they were incomplete in knowledge, wisdom, and 
sensitiveness, but, he said, "a rich arrival is possible after 
an impoverished beginning." 

Referring to the emphasis of the Christian faith on the 
individual's great possibilities and great obligations he said, 
worth and, at the same time, recognizes that you are a 
potential saint." 

"There is no freedom except as we find it in faith in God and in our acceptance 
of our fellowmen as our brothers," he said. 

An attentive audience heard Dr. Myron F. Wicke speak earnestly and thought- 
fully to the seniors concerning their "next assignment." 

"Books, teachers, and experience have been the major elements in your 
formal education," he said, "but from now on the order of the educational in- 
fluence on your life will be drastically shifted. In the new setting- you will face 
dangers that can destroy the value of your college experience. You may lose 
all you have won if now you cease to grow." 

Praises Liberal Arts Education 

It believes in your 
sinner as well as a 


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He praised a liberal arts education, describing the liberal 
arts graduate as follows: "He can think. He can learn quickly, 
far more quickly than the person whose training has been too 
narrow and specialized. He can follow directions. He knows 
how to stay with a job until it is finished. He knows how to 
live with others. He knows what creative work means. But 
most of all, he is not bound to the here and now, not tied to 
things as they are. He has seen that when a man thinks 
he can think of a better way." 

Dr. Wicke named noise, speed, and lethargy as the three 
characteristics of present day society which challenge the 
thoughtful life. 

"Your assignment will require time for quiet recollection, 
for listening, and for prayer. Your assignment will require 
often to decide where you are going. 

"The status quo is always the easiest to achieve. It is partly the result of the 
hideous belief that one person can do very little. The easiest lethargy is intellectual 
and spiritual. Yet to live reflectively it is required that we exercise our wills. 
Our free will is a positive force only so long- as it is used to turn our attention 
to what is important and good." 

Concluding his moving address Dr. Wicke said, "Remember: It is altogether 
possible to gain the whole world, but to lose our own souls. This is the final danger. 

"When I am tempted to surrender dreams and hopes, I find that I can do 
no better than follow the request of the child who found herself lost on the streets 
of her own city. So she said to those who were trying to help her: 'If you will 
take me to the hill where that white cross stands, I can find my own way 
from there.' " 

that you 


JUNE, 1956 


Singers Record Concert Program 
on RCA-^Victor Red Seal Label 

The songs of the Millsaps Singers, 
for many years a source of great pride 
and inspiration for the College and its 
supporters, have been reproduced on 
RCA-Victor record. 

After negotiations with the Recorded 
Publications Company of Camden, New 
Jersey, a late April recording date was 
set, and the choir, under the direction of 
Alvin Jon King, sang for the team of 
technicians, RCA-Victor, and posterity. 

It was one of the final projects of a 
long and successful career in choral 
music for Mr. King, who retired at the 
close of the 1955-56 session of the 

Nine selections, totaling approximate- 
ly twenty-eight minutes of singing, 
will appear on the 10-inch record, which 
includes such universal favorites as Ser- 
gei's "My God and I" and Lutkin's 
"Benediction and Amen." 

A choir of sixty voices will be heard 
on the record, which will bear the RCA- 
Victor red seal label. Technicians and 
equipment employed in the recording 
of the Singers is of the same quality 
used by the nation's top singers, choral 

groups, and instrumentalists, officials 

Songs to be heard on the record are 

Records will sell for $3.50 plus 
mailing charges. They will be sold 
on a first come, first served basis. 
If you are interested in buying a 
Singers record please fill in this form 
and mail it to Director, Department 
of Public Relations, 31illsaps College, 
Jackson, Mississippi. 

.records for me at 


$3.50 plus mailing charges. 

My address is 


"Glorious Everlasting," by Cousins; "My 
God and I," by Sergei; "Lullaby on 
Christmas Eve," by Melius Christiansen; 
"Calvary's Movmtain," arranged by 
Pooler; "Benediction," by Lutkin; "Our 

Father," by Gretchaninoff ; "Carol of 
the Drum," by Katherine Davis; "How 
They So Softly Rest," by Willan; and 
"Restoration," by Benjamin Edwards. 

Delivery date for the Singers record 
has been set for October 1. Alumni and 
friends of the College, the Singers, and 
Mr. King will be given an opportunity 
to order records through the Depart- 
ment of Public Relations. A survey will 
be made this summer to determine the 
demand which should be expected so 
that intelligent planning concerning the 
quantity of the order can be made. 

Perhaps no other organization on the 
campus has meant so much to so many 
people through the years since Mr. King 
organized the Singers in 1934. The rec- 
ord is an eloquent testimony to the 
beauty of the music, the character of ! 
the director, and the quality of life 
which he was able to inspire in his 

Officials anticipate a heavy demand 
for the record. Certainly it is "a dream 
come true" for "Pop" and his many 

Surgeons Name Rehfeldt 
International President 

At the recent convention of the Con- 
gress of Neurological Surgeons in Los 
Angeles, California, Dr. Fred C. Reh- 
feldt was elected president of the or- 
ganization. The membership of the 
Congress is composed of ueuro-surgeons 
from the United States and Europe, and 
election to the presidency of the group 
is a distinct honor. As one of the re- 
sponsibilities of his office. Dr. Rehfeldt 
will preside over the international con- 
vention to be held in Belgium. 

Dr. Rehfeldt, who graduated from 
Millsaps College in 1939, has served for 
the past four years as chief-of-staff of 
the Harris Hospital in Fort Worth, 

Members of the faculty and staff of 
Millsaps College join his classmates and 
friends in congratulating Dr. Rehfeldt 
for his latest honor. 


Mayor Bill Caraway, Leland, was 
named president of the Greenville Area 
Club at the first meeting of the tri- 
county group in January. Elected to 
serve with him as area vice-presidents 
were Bill Kimbrell, Greenville; Bill Biz- 
zell, Cleveland; the Reverend Blanton 
Doggett, Indianola; Stacy Kellum, Hol- 
landale; and J. L. Nabors, Inverness. 
Curtis Nabors, Leland, was named 
secretary. The program, which featured 
an address by Dr. H. E. Finger, Jr., in- 
cluded brief talks by Dr. T. G. Ross, 
Alumni Association president, and Ex- 
( Continued on Page 29) 

Library Collection 
Increased By Gifts 

Within recent months the Millsaps- 
Wilson Library has been the recipient of 
gifts of books and money from alumni 
and friends of the College. According 
to Librarian Bethany Swearingen, the 
contributors and their gifts are as fol- 
lows : 

Mrs. J. R. Countiss and the late Dr. 
Countiss, books on religious subjects 
and Mississippi Methodism; Mrs. W. J. 
Davis, books on the history and culture 
of Japan and on the Russian language; 
the I. C. Enochs family, reference sets, 
and books of literature, travel, art, and 
international affairs; Mr. and Mrs. J. 
Henderson Young, standard classics in 
history and literature; the Charles 
W. Crisler family, books on religion 
(Continued on Page 13) 


ODK Honors Alumni 

Pi Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa 
has recognized contributions made by 
three Jlillsaps College alumni to their 
community by electing them to active 

They are Craig Castle, Jackson at- 
torney; J. N. McLeod, Jackson business 
executive; and Dr. Manning Hudson, 
Jackson physician. The three commun- 
ity leaders were elected to active mem- 
bership in ODK for the 1956-57 school 

Castle is a 1947 graduate of Millsaps 
College and holds a Bachelor of Arts 
degree. lIcLeod received his Bachelor 
of Arts degree in 1955 and Dr. Hudson 
was awarded the degree of Bachelor of 
Science in 1940. All three are active in 
civic and church affairs and take part 
in numerous projects in support of Mill- 
saps College. 

Castle, newly elected president of the 
Alumni Association, is presently serv- 
ing as its vice-president. 

Dr. Hudson is a member of the Board 
of Directors of the Alumni Associa- 

Ann Anderson, Jackson, and Jack Loflin, 
Star, joined a select group of Millsaps 
College "greats" when they were named 
Miss iMillsaps and blaster Major for the 
1955-56 session bv their fellow students. 

Ross Releases Figures 
On Season Ticket Sales 

The first organized alumni effort to 
sell season tickets to football games 
brought in almost §1900, it was an- 
nounced on Alumni Day by Association 
President Tommy Ross. 

A sales force • of one hundred men 
worked last summer in an effort to build 
interest in amateur athletics at Millsaps 
and to obtain funds to offset a possible 
deficit in the athletic department budg- 

In addition to the "extra" cash ob- 
tained for operating expenses, the sales 
campaign resulted in (1) an increase in 
attendance at home games, (2) a boost 
in ticket sales at the gate, (3) a new 
awareness of the nature and quality of 
amateur football on the part of local 
citizens, and (4) new interest among 
local alumni in Millsaps ithletics. 

At its ^lay 10 meeting the alumni 
board of directors voted to sponsor the 
sales campaign for the 1956 season. 
Volunteers from among Hinds County 
alumni will be welcomed, according to 
President Ross. 

Members of the Hoard of Trustees are pictured in the Mill- 
saps room of the College library following their mid-year 
meeting. Trustees standing, left to right, are W. E. Bufkin, 
Leland; Dr. \\ . J. Cunningham, Tupelo; John F. Egger, 
Meridian; W. O. Tatum. Hattiesburg; Virgil D. Youngblood, 
Brookhaven; Dr. J. W. Leggett, Jr., Hattiesburg; John 

.McEachin, Grenada; Dr. W. B. Selah, Jackson; Dr. W. L. 
Kobinson, \ew Albany; Dr. J. D. Wroten, Louisville; Dr. 
J. D. Slay, Laurel. Seated, left to right. Dr. N. J. Golding, 
Columbus; A. L. Rogers. New Albany; Bishop Marvin A. 
Franklin, Jackson, chairman of the Board; Dr. H. E. Finger, 
Jr., and Dr. K. L. Ezelle, Jackson. 

JUNE, 1956 


Need Two Annuals 
For Library Files 

A report from Dr. Ross H. Moore 
reveals that the campaign to locate 
missing Bobashelas has been highly 
successful thus far. At the present 
time only Bobashelas from the years 
1929 and 1934 are missing from the 
library collection. 

Contributions were received from the 
following persons: Dr. H. C. Henderson, 
Dallas, Texas, 1911 and 1912; Miss Janie 
Linfield, New Orleans, 1913; Dr. A. A. 
Kern, Lynchburg, Virginia, 1919; Mr. 
and Mrs. Warren Ware, West Branch, 
Michigan, 1921; Dr. Lanier Hunt, Chi- 
cago, Illinois, 1925; Mrs. Thomas Lemly, 
Jackson, Mississippi, 1927; Mr. E. W. 
Lowther, Jackson, Mississippi, 1940; Mr. 
and Mrs. Joe Frank Blakeney, Lake 
Charles, Louisiana, 1950. 

There are still a number of graduates 
and former students who are interested 
in obtaining copies for their private 
collections. The years requested are: 
1910-1913 1929 

1919 1931 

1920 1933 
1925 1943 
1928 1950 

If you are willing to sell or contri- 
bute your Bobashela, you are asked to 
fill in the following form. 

Dr. R. H. Moore 
Millsaps College 
Jackson, Miss. 

I will donate my Bobashela for the 
year(s) to the library. 

I will sell my Bobashela for the 

year(s) for five dollars. 



(We will send wrapping material 
and postage in either case.) 


(Continued from Page 6) 
students stood. Following the address 
by Dr. Wicke, diplomas were awarded 
and honorary degrees conferred by Pres- 
ident Finger. 

No Grade Lower Than "A" 

Clara Parks Booth, of Drew, was pre- 
sented the Founders Medal by Dr. A. G. 
Sanders for her superior academic I'e- 
cord over a four-year period. Miss 
Booth was one of the very few students 
in the history of the College to make 
nothing lower than the letter grade A 
throughout her college career. 

Two ministers whose children were 
receiving degrees in the graduation cere- 
monies gave the invocation and prayer 

IMctured welcoming Dr. DaMd Donald, center, back to the Millsaps campus for a visit 
durinR the 19')5-5t) session are, left (o right. Dean James Ferguson, President H. E. 
Finger, Jr., Mrs Tom Boone, and Dr. Boss Moore. Dr. Moore was Donald's major 
professor during his .Millsaps days. 

Millsaps Alumni Recognized 
For Books About Pasty Future 

Two Millsaps graduates have made 
recent contributions to the study of 
history through their writings. Books 
by David Donald, '41, associate profes- 
sor of history in the graduate faculty 
of Columbia University, and George O. 
Robinson, '28, assistant manager for 
public education at the Atomic Energy 
Commission's Savannah River Plant, 
have received national recognition fol- 
lowing their publication earlier this year. 

Mr. Donald has already established 
himself as an authority on the Civil War 
era by having had several books on 
that subject accepted for publication. 
His most recent work, Lincoln Reconsid- 
ered, has received wide acclaim for its 
viewing of the Civil War generation 
and its problems from a completely new 
perspective. This fact caused one critic 
to write, "In a style notable for its flu- 

ency, lightly carried erudition, and wit, 
Mr. Donald has written a book which, 
for once, the word seminal may properly 
be applied." 

Mr. Robinson, whose book, And What 
of Tomorrow, deals with the human 
drama of the atomic revolution, is well 
equipped to tell the story of the atom 
and its place in man's future. He has 
been closely associated with the atomic 
program since 1942, having spent 
an extensive tour of duty at Oak Ridge, 
Tennessee, and having been awarded the 
Legion of Merit for his extraordinary 
contribution in the preparation and 
writing of the first releases on the 
atomic energy project. We quote from 
a commentary on his book. And What 
of Tomorrow is rich with a full descrip- 
tion of mankind involved in the search 
for peace and progress." 

during the evening. They were the Rev- 
erend W. P. Bailey, of Winona, and Dr. 
J. W. Leggett, Jr., of Hattiesburg. 

Bishop Marvin A. Franklin, chairman 
of the Board of Trustees of the College, 
made the announcements and warmly 
praised Dr. Finger for his inspired lead- 
ership and his ability as a college ad- 
ministrator. Following the announce- 
ments. Bishop Franklin declared the 
sixty-fourth year of continous operation 
of Millsaps College officially closed. 


(Continued from Page 8) 

in this connection, he plans to add in- 
strumental training and the public school 
offerings to the curriculum. 

Plans are to continue the Millsaps 
Singers and to add another chorus to 
provide choral music opportunities for 
students with untrained voices. 

A musical will be produced during 
(Continued on Page 18) 



Healthy Rivalry Is 
MiUsaps-MC Goal 

By Edna Boone 

In the realization that there is more 
than enough friction in tlie nation and 
the world today, members of the Mill- 
saps and Mississippi College student 
bodies have taken steps in recent months 
which are resulting in a definite change 
from the situation which you probably 
knew as a student. 

The men who first envisioned this 
new look are Bud Walker, president of 
the Mississippi College student govern- 
ment, N. R. Walley, president of the 
Millsaps College student body, and 
Dr. J. E. McCracken, Millsaps dean 
of students. Because they were dis- 
turbed by the ill feeling and vandalism 
that were outgrowths of the keen rivalry 
between the two schools, they agreed to 
begin work on some immediate changes. 

The genuine concern of these men 
brought about a joint November meet- 
ing' of representatives from both schools. 
Since the initial meeting, there have 
been regular meetings and concentrated 
efforts to improve the M.C. -Millsaps 

Policy Gets Results 

Positive results of this new policy 
were seen in a benefit basketball game 
in January and a joint variety show in 
jNIarch. Proceeds from both of these func- 
tions went to the March of Dimes. An- 
other succesful endeavor was a spring 
chapel program exchange. Future plans 
include a combining of talents and ideas 
for an all-out Homecoming production 
at next year's M.C. -Millsaps football 
I game. 

The students of both institutions are 
to be commended for recognizing their 
mutual problem and for possessing suf- 
ficient maturity to sincerely desire and 
successfully carry out a change of 


(Continued from Page 10) 
and philosophy; Hubert Creekmore, a 
rare lot of Little Magazines; the Unit- 
ed Steel Foundation, a grant of $300. 

One of the more recent gifts of money 
is the sum of $130 for the purchase of 
books in memory of Richard Maley, a 
Millsaps student who was killed in an 
automobile accident in November of 

The Luke Wasson memorial collection 
of books is still in the initial stages of 
development. Young Wasson, who 
would have graduated from Millsaps 
in May, died as the result of a water 
skiing accident in September of 1955. 

Alumni President 
Has Eventful Year 

The past twelve months have been 
full ones for Dr. Thomas G. Ross, to 
say the least. 

Most of us know him for the leader 
ship he has given the Millsaps College 
Alumni Association as its energetic 
and devoted president since July 1, 
1955. Few realize the pace he has kept 
since taking office. 

In addition to his many responsibili- 
ties in connection with an expanding 
alumni program, "Tommy" has served 
as one of Civitan International's most 
important members. At the same time 
his alumni duties began he assumed 
the District Governorship of Civitan, 
and directed a phenomenal program 

At least a half dozen other causes 
made demands on his time and ability, 
which he willingly gave. 

Then there was the matter of a 
thriving practice as one of the city's 
outstanding physicians. That, you know, 
was a day and night job, too To cap the 
climax he caught the mumps from his 
young daughter. 

For his unselfish service have come 
well deserved honors. He was named 
the year's most outstanding alumnus 
by the Millsaps Alpha Epsilon Delta 
chapter, a premedical honor society. 
The Civitan Clubs of Jlississippi pre- 
sented gifts of appreciation to Dr. and 
Mrs. Ross. His friends and neighbors in 
in Jackson picked him as "Northside's 
Most Outstanding Citizen." Finally, his 
friends, patients, and medical associates 
equipped, furnished, and memorialized a 
room in St Dominies Hospital in his 

Alumni Day Success; 
New Feature Praised 

"Continuing education for college gra- 
duates and former students" was a high- 
ly successful feature of Millsaps Col- 
lege's annual Alumni Day program held 
on the campus Thursday, May 10. 

A late afternoon seminar program for 
alumni and the general public held in 
classrooms in the Christian Center build- 
ing drew praise from those who attend- 
ed. The hour-long sessions were con- 
ducted simultaneously, with Dr. N. Bond 
Fleming speaking on "Does the Philo- 
sopher Live in an Ivory Tower?", Dr. 
R. R. Priddy speaking on "Geology in 
Your Own Back Yard," and Dr. M. C. 
White speaking on "How to Understand 

Two speakers reminded Millsaps Col- 
lege Alumni Day audiences of the im- 
portance of the liberal arts in the 
development of a truly educated citizen. 

Discuss Education's Purpose 

Alumnus Ed Sturdivant, of Jackson, 
now enrolled in graduate school at 
Louisiana State University, and Dean 
James S. Ferguson both devoted por- 
tions of their talks to the interpretation 
of the real meaning and purpose of 

Sturdivant, speaking before alumni 
and students during the morning chapel 
exercises, praised the soundness of the 
educational preparation offered at Jlill- 
saps, pointing out that graduates of the 
College who sought advanced degrees 
were leaders in their fields. 

Dr. Ferguson, who was the featured 
speaker during the annual Alumni Day 
banquet, addressed his remarks to the 
members of the Class of 1956, who were 
guests of the Alumni Association. He 
asked the alumni to help interpret the 
College to the community through the 
lives they live and reminded them that 
Millsaps provides the sort of education 
that will enable its graduates to meet 
their responsibilities in a changing 

Earlier Dr. Thomas G. Ross, Alumni 
Association president, officiated during 
ceremonies which inducted the graduates 
into the Association. Burton Jackson, 
senior class president, accepted the new 
relationship for his classmates. 

Graduates and former students attend- 
ing the banquet endorsed a nationwide 
annual alumni fund program following 
an explanation by Vice-President Craig 
Castle, who stated that officials hoped 
that it would grow into a major source 
of support for the College. 

(Continued on Page 21) 

JUNE, 1956 


Pictured during a recent visit to the campus are, left to riyht, Ewing Gaby. "53, 
Mrs. Gaby (Carolyn Hudspeth, '.51-'53), Mrs. George Reid (Nona Ewing, '53), and 
Master George Reid. Jr. They are welcomed by Mrs. Tom Boone, staff assistant. 


The end of the sixty-fourth session of the College also marked the end of the 
teaching careers of Alvin Jon King and Albert Godfrey Sanders. 

The contribution of these professors to the greatness of Millsaps College can 
never be measured. Their influence for good on thousands of lives will continue 
to be felt for generations. It vi'ill be difficult indeed to match the quality of 
their teaching. They inspired in their students a love for wisdom, truth, and beauty. 
In recognition of their service to church, college, and community, honorary 
degrees were conferred upon the two men by Millsaps College during the 
1955-56 session. 

Many thousands of words have been written, through the press and through 
personal correspondence, concerning the retirement of Dr. King and Dr. Sanders. 
They come from the heart and from personal experiences and say much better 
than this writer some of the things which should be said. 

Excerpts from a tribute or two appear below. 

From the editorial page of a local newspaper: "Affectionately 
called 'Pop' by thousands who know and admire him, this gifted and 
affable personality has been instrumental in discovering and developing 
many, many talented singers. Musical groups under his direction have 
consistently won widespread recognition. It would be difficult if not 
impossible to estimate his beneficial influence on the cultural progress 
of this area during his 30 years of local service." 

From a news feature appearing in a local newspaper: "His work 
in the field of choral music has been called one of the greatest in- 
fluences for the development of music appreciation and the building 
of character in youth the state has ever known." 

From the Purple and White: "The extent of his influence is far 
from over, for as long as men like 'Pop' live, there will be a desire in 
the hearts of all who know him to live each day to the fullest. 

"He measures his riches by what he has given away, his happiness 
by those he has made happy, and his greatness is reflected in his 

"He has taught a beautiful song of life characterized by harmony 
and beauty." 

(Continued on Page 15) 

Scholarships Help; 

Many More Needed 

Each year friends of Millsaps College 
and of the young men and women who 
seek an education within her halls and 
classrooms make gifts to the College 
to be used for scholarship purposes. 

Twenty-six of these individual grants 
are used by the College, within the 
limits of each scholarship's require- 
ments, to help worthy students pay 
their education bill. 

The most recent gifts come from 
Clyde W. Hall, of New Albany, and Mrs. 
G. W. Mars, Sr., of Philadelphia. Mr. 
and Mrs. Hall have added $2,600 to 
the scholarship fund they established 
in 1953, and Mrs. Mars and her sons 
sent an additional $1,0')0 to apply on 
the scholarship established by Mr. and 
Mrs. Mars. 

Other recent grants made by indivi- 
duals for scholarships are described in 
the 1955 catalog as follows: 

"The Harvey T. Newell, Jr., Memo- 
rial Scholarship — This scholarship is 
being established by the friends of Har- 
vey T. Newell, Jr., a 1933 graduate of 
the College. 

Aid for Geology Students 

"The Geology Teaching Scholarship — 
This scholarship \\as established to en- 
courage students majoring in geology 
to go into the field of geology teaching. 
The recipient of this scholarship is to 
be a junior or a senior of Christian 
character and ambitious purpose; under 
the terms of the scholarship, the stu- 
dent selected may do a year of graduate 
work in geologv. 

"The John R. Mascn Memorial Schol- 
arship — This scholarship was established 
in the fall of 1954 by the family and 
friends of John R. Mason. The recip- 
ient of this award is chosen by the 
Chairman of the Department of Speech 
and the Awards Committee of the fac- 
ulty on the basis of ability in speech, 
interest in speech, and financial need. 

"The Alvin Jon King Music Scholar- 
ship — This scholarship was established 
in December, 1954, by an anonymous 
donor to honor Alvin Jon King, the 
director of the Millsaps Singers since 
1934. Income from this fund is given 
each year to one or more students of 
music or music activities of the college. 
The recipient is chosen by the Awards 
Committee of the faculty." 



^UTU^e ^L'^'^^^' 


We welcome the following into the 
Future Alumni Club of the Millsaps Col- 
lege Alumni Association: 

Clifford Bea Chang, born January 

5, 1955, to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Chang, 
of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mrs. 
Chang is the former Ruth Chang, a 
1948 graduate of Millsaps College. 

Lacey Lee Baker, born December 18, 

1955, to Mr. and Mrs. Lee Baker, of 
Jackson. Mrs. Baker, the former Lacey 
Rees, attended Millsaps from 1950-52. 
Mr. Baker attended from 1948-51. 

Janet Louise Wilson, born January 9, 

1956, to Lt. Col. and Mrs. Louis Wilson, 
of Jackson. Col. Wilson is a member 
of the class of 1941. Mrs. Wilson (nee 
Jane Clark) graduated in 1942. 

Cynthia Ann Pierce, born November 
3, 1955, to Mr. and Mrs. James Pierce, 
of Birmingham, Alabama. Mrs. Pierce 
' is the former Betty Jo Smith, class of 

Carol Greer Sanderson, born Septem- 
ber 16, 1955, to Blr. and Mrs. Dewey 
Sanderson, Jr., of Laurel. Mrs. Sander- 
son (Fannie Buck Leoi^ara) graduated 
in 1950. 

Cynthia Faye Crosby, born June 23, 

1955, to Mr. and Mrs. ""om Crosby, Jr., 
of Pachuta, T'iss'ssippi. Mrs. Crosby 
is the former Wilma Vaye Dyess, class 
of 1950. 

Louise Miller Biirwell, born January 

6, 1956, to Mr. and Mrs. John Burwell, 
'41, of Jackson. They have three other 
children, John, 6, Charles, 4, and Re- 
becca, 2%. 

Rebecca Sue Lewis, born December 

16, 1955, to Dr. and Mrs. Earl Lewis 
(Mary Sue Enochs), of Magee, Mis- 
sissippi. Mrs. Lewis is a 1951 graduate; 
Dr. Lewis graduated in 1950. 

Louis Ray Cain, born January 20, 

1956, to Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Cain, of 
Durant, Mississippi. Glenn, a 1954 
gi'aduate, is in the Army and is station- 
ed in Hawaii. 

Sarah Anne Champion, born February 

17, 1956, to Mr. and Mrs. Sid Champion, 
of Vicksburg, Mississippi. Mrs. Cham- 
pion is the former Mary Lipsey, class of 

Marguerite Darden Godbold, born No- 
vember 5, 1954, to Mr. and Mrs. John 
(Continued on Page 29) 

KING, SANDERS — (Continued from Page 14) 

From a letter by a former student: "Throughout the years of 
service in the educational world, I have considered my student experi- 
ences under your guidance and instruction as one of the outstanding 
experiences of my life. In addition to the background training which 
you gave to us in the language field, we have never forgotten the in- 
spired personal philosophy of education received in your classes." 

From a letter by another former student: "Since I left Millsaps 
College in 1952, I have been a student of sorts in universities in four 
countries, which has caused my estimation of many things in American 
education to go down, but for Mr. Sanders as a teacher of language 
and literature it has continually increased my respect. 

"There only remains to thank him publicly for the many things 
of value he has led us to cherish. I am thinking of the 'Wealth of the 
mind,' which he once pointed out to me in Dante, the loss of which 
is Hell. Or it might be for having communicated something of 'the 
light of the soul,' la luz del alma, which he quoted so exquisitely 
from Cervantes in dedicating the new library last autumn. 

"But in thanking him for leading us to cherish many things, may 
I not also thank him for what he has led us not to cherish ? So many 
things of false or inflated value, advertised as rich in reward but 
in reality spiritually bankrupt, he has turned us from, not by a 
sermon, but by turning on them 'the inextinguishable laughter of the 
Olympians' — or of Moliere." 

From the Purple and White: "Your awesome ability to recall 
details of history or give us a single word in many different languages 
has enhanced our admiration for you. And we have come to share the 
love you constantly manifest toward all humanity." 
(Continued on Page 29) 

Millsaps Joins Other Colleges 
In Seeking Additional Funds 

Millsaps College is one of three 
church-related institutions in Missis- 
sippi cooperating in a newly organized 
nonprofit corporation to "further the 
cause of higher education and culture 
within the state of Mississippi." 

Institutions forming the chartering 
group are Belhaven College, Blue Moun- 
tain College, and Millsaps College. 

The corporation, known as "The Mis- 
sissippi Foundation of Independent Col- 
leges," extended membership privileges 
to non-tax-supported colleges within 
the state of Mississippi which are mem- 
bers of the Mississippi Association of 
Secondary Schools. 

The foundation will be managed by 
a Board of Directors consisting of the 
president of each participating college 
and one additional representative from 
each institution. 

Officers of the Board of Directors are 
Dr. Lawrence Lowry, president, repre- 
senting Blue Mountain College; W. Cal- 
vin Wells, III, Jackson, vice-president, 
representing Belhaven College; and Vir- 
gil D. Youngblood, Brookhaven, repre- 
senting Millsaps College. 

The charter of incorporation lists the 

following purposes for the foundation: 
"To further the cause of higher educa- 
tion and culture within the State of 
Mississippi; to interpret the aims, func- 
tions and needs of the beneficiaries to 
the public with a view to better mutual 
understanding and cooperation; to solicit 
and accept, for the operation and benefit 
of the beneficiaries, funds of all kinds, 
including property, real, personal 
and mixed; to receive, hold and admin- 
ister such donations, bequests, devises, 
and gifts for the purpose aforesaid, 
subject to any terms or conditions which 
may be imposed by the respective donors 
or testators, and to distribute to the 
beneficiaries the funds or property thus 

Funds of the foundation will be di- 
vided according to the following form- 
ula: sixty per cent of the undesignated 
amount will be divided equally among 
the participating colleges and forty per 
cent of the undesignated funds will be 
divided according to the number of full- 
time equivalent students enrolled in each 

All Mississippi colleges eligible for 
(Continued on Page 29) 

JUNE, 1956 


Great Crowd — Great 

For those of you who were fortunate enough to attend Alumni Day, May 10, these pictures are reproduced to help you remem- 
ber. For those of you who did not, they're here to substitute for words in describino just what a great day it really was. 
Picture number 1 shows alumni and members of the class of '56 registering for the dinner. Alumni officers for 1956-57 ap- 
pear with College officials in picture number 2. They are seated, from left, Martha Gerald, vice president, Craig Castle, 
president, Mrs. Tom Larche, recording secretary; standing. Dean J. S. Ferguson, Dr. T. G. Ross, outgoing president, Fred 
Ezelle, vice president, and Dr. H. E. Finger, Jr. Not shown is W. J. Caraway, vice president. Fellowship — Millsaps style — 
was enjoyed by many. In picture number 3 they are, from left, Mrs. B. Z. Welch and Dr. B. Z. Welch, '05, Biloxi; Mrs. Walter 
Ely, Grenada, '28, Greenville; Gilbert Cook, '08, Canton; W. G. Cook, '21-'24, and Dr. M. C. White. The afternoon seminars 
were well received. Dr. Priddy speaks on "Geology in Your Own Backyard" in picture nur ber 4. The Board is pictured in a 
work session in the library's beautiful Millsaps Room in number 5. Memories of events of ihe day will live. In picture num- 



ygram — Great Day! 

bir 6 the cameriiman catches a congenial sroiip. They are. Iroin the left. Mis. Tom I.arche. (.Mary Ellen Wilcox) '28, of 
Jackson; Mrs. A. M. Kirkpatrick (Leota Taylor, '17), who flew from \\ I'alm Ceach. Florida, to attend the day; Mrs. O. S. 
Lewis, (Evelyn Conk, W'hitworth. '06), and Dr. (). S. Lewis, '03. Hattiesburg. rictiuc number 7 shows Hiram Polk, center, 
and President Finger congratulating Dr. Koss on his selection as .\lpha Epsilon Delta's alumnus of the year. Another dinner 
scene pictures the speakers' table and .Morris Chambers, 1900, of Shreveport, Louisiana, center foreground, who was recognized 
as the member of the earliest class represented. To his right is his nephew. >\ illiam Chambers. In picture number 9 Dr. >L 
C. White speaks to a seminar audience on Shakespeare. \ lull in the day's activities allows officials to relax for a few 
minutes in photograph number 10. Pictured are, from the left. Dr. Finger, Alumni President Ross, President-elect Castle, 
Ed Sturdivant, '55, chapel speaker, and N. R. Walley, student body president. 

JUNE, 1956 


Mrs. Cooper Served The College 
From Elsinore to Cooper Hall 

By Edna Boone 

After twenty-eight years of invalu- 
able service Mrs. Hattie Cooper has 
retired as a women's dormitory ma- 
tron. Out of willingness to answer a 
need of the College and out of devotion 
to her girls, she had postponed her re- 
tirement, which was to have begun in 
June of 1955, to become house mother 
of Cooper Hall during the 1955-56 ses- 
sion. However, now that arrangements 
have been made for someone to take 
over for her, Mrs. Cooper can at last 
move to her home at 3719 Northview 
Drive, Jackson, Mississippi, and begin to 
enjoy a well-deserved rest. 

While the days ahead seem to promise 
complete peace and tranquility, things 
have not always been so. Mrs. Cooper 
began her work as a house mother in 
Elsinore Hall, which now houses the 
Music Department. From there she 
moved to Galloway Hill, Whitworth 
Hall, the Kappa Alpha house, which 
served as a girl's dormitory during 
World War 11, Sanders Hall, and this 
year. Cooper Hall. Her stay in these 
six dormitories has been far from dull. 
In fact, slie could well write a best- 
seller on her experience as mother to 
the College co-eds. 

When asked what her twenty-eight 
years at Millsaps College had meant to 
her she replied, "It has been wonderful. 
It's grand to be paid for doing what 
you love to do." 

Because Mrs. Cooper has been an in ■ 
tegral part of dormitory life at Millsaps, 
her leaving is indeed a great loss. 
Through the years she has continued 
to be friend, nurse, confidante, and sec- 
ond mother to the women of Millsaps 
College, and a beautiful tribute to her 
has been written on the heart of every 
girl whose life she has touched. 


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the 1956-57 session in collaboration with 
the department of speech and drama. 
Alumni, students, faculty and friends 
are hailing the reactivation of the music 
department as an excellent move. Ac- 
cording to officials, the project was 
made possible because of the Million 
for Millsaps program, which has as one 
of its aims the enriching of curriculum 

George Maddox, assistant professor 
of sociology, will return for the second 
semester of the summer session after 
a two-year sabbatical leave. Mr. Mad- 
dox, who will complete requirements for 
his Ph.D. this summer, is studying at 
Michigan State. 

^ * * 

Professor H. C. Dillingham, who has 

served as substitute for Professor Mad- 
dox for the past two sessions, will re- 
turn to the University of Michigan at 
the close of this term. 

In regard to a feature article on 
campus rifle pits which appeared in the 
last issue of MAJOR NOTES, we recent- 
ly learned that Dr. J. M. Sullivan was in- 
strumental in acquiring the cannon for 
the campus site. The cannon, which 
was donated by the class of 1917, was 
obtained through Dr. Sullivan's corres- 
pondence with Mississippi congressmen 
in Washington. 

* * * 

Recently Dr. A. G. Sanders and Pro- 
fessor Lance Goss were seen in the 
Jackson Little Theater production of 
Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca. Mr. Goss, 
who served as the play's director, also 
played the leading male role. Dr. Sand- 
ers was seen as Colonel Julyan. 

Mrs. Erindley G. Johnson, former ma- 
tron of Galloway and Burton Halls, is 
now teaching music at Crowder, Mis- 
sissippi. Mrs. Johnson is the mother of 
Mrs. Otho K. Pigott, '45, of Alexandria, 

^ 4: ^ 

In recognition of his contribution to 
the preparation of young Mississippians 
for careers in the field of science. Dr. J. 
B. Price was recently awarded a cita- 
tion of appreciation through the "Gen- 
eral Jackson" column in the Clarion- 
Ledger. In part the citation read, "for 
your services to all of us, and particu- 
larly because of your great help to 
young premedical students, you are 
awarded this citation." 

"Enter Into the Joys—" 

Dr. A. P. Hamilton has written a 
tribute to Dr. D. M. Key, the fourth 
president of Millsaps College, who 
passed away on January 25, 1956. We 
reproduce here excerpts from the eulogy: 

"Who, if he rise to station of command. 
Rises by open means; and there will 

On honorable terms, or else retire. 
Who comprehends his trust, and to 

the same 
Keeps faithful with a singleness of aim; 
This is the Happy Warrior.' 

"Wordsworth's words 'Faithtful with 
a singleness of aim' describe David 
Martin Key as well as any in the lan- 
g-uage. His signature was always pre- 
ceded by 'Faithfully yours.' He slipped 
away from us last night as he had 
lived and worked among us — quietly. 
He possessed the quiet energy of a 
strong river, with currents that ran deep. 
Whatever he did was done without 
ostentation. He was modest and genuine 
with the courage of his convictions, no 
matter what the challenge happened to 
be. This unswerving loyalty to the right, 
motivated by a deep Christian faith, 
was one of the striking features of his 

"First of all. Dr. Key was a great 
Christian and churchman; but he was 
also an able scholar, teacher, and ad- 
ministrator. Under his administration 
and leadership as president, Millsaps 
College attained its highest rating and 
recognition up to that time and the 
distinction of being one of the best lib- 
eral arts colleges in the whole nation. 

"It would be hard for me to say how 
much I owe him, as teacher, fellow 
member of the faculty, president, but 
above all as friend and counselor. He 
came into my life when I was just 
eighteen years of age and made a deep 
impression on me that has lasted 
through the years. To give him up now 
is like losing part of my very own life. 
I have been as close to him as to any 
other human being outside my own 
family circle. 

"Now he will rest beside his beloved 
Anna on that lovely green slope looking 
off to the everlasting hills, until the 
Son of Righteousness appears with heal- 
ing in His wings and bids them both to 

"Placato non possum miser esse deo." 



For many years in forensic circles the narie .Miil>aps has symbolized excellence in 
debating. This year, under the guidance of debate Coach Harmon Tillma.i, new 
trophies have been added to the display case. Appearing in the picture with Mr. 
Tillman are Kose Cunningham, Tupelo, and Jerry Trigg, Quitman, whose record at 
the national invitational in South Hend, Indiana, and at many of the South's top 
tournaments, established them as true champions. 

3n iMrmuriam 

This column is dedicated to the memory of graduates and former students 
who have passed away in recent months. Every effort has been made to compile 
an accurate list, but there will be unintentional omissions. Your help is solicited 
in order that we may make the column as complete as possible. Those whose 
memory we honor are as follows: 

Luther Emmett Price, who died IMarch 24, 1955. Mr. Price, who received his B.S. 
in 1906, resided in Sylacauga, A'abama. 

Robert M. Brown, who died October 23, 1955. Mr. Brown, a resident of Shreveport, 
Louisiana, gi'aduated in 1909. 

The Reverend James Slicer Purcell, of Lakeland, Florida, who died December 9, 
1955. Rev. Purcell was a 1905 graduate. 

Edwin B. Ricketts, of Flushing, Queens, New York, who received his B.S. in 1901. 
Mr. Ricketts passed away January 8, 1956. 

James Sidney Mills, who died February 24, 1956. Mr. Jlills, 'S'', was living in 
Memphis, Tennessee, at the time of his death. 

Raymond Pennebaker, of Inverness, Mississippi, who died January, 1956. Mr. 

Pennebaker was a Millsaps student from 1927-1931. 

James W. Walker, of Jackson, Mississippi, who died December 3, 1955. Mr. Walker 

attended Millsaps during the 1929-30 session. 

Willard Calhoun, of Jackson, Mississippi, who died March 20, 1956. Mr. Calhoun 

received his B.S. in 1926. 

Dr. Joseph E. Carruth, who died in December of 1955. Dr. Carruth, who received 

his B.A. in 1905, was living in Summit, Mississippi, at the time of his death. 

Hamlet Fox Jones, of Belzoni, Mississippi, who passed away January 30, 1955. 

Mr. Jones was at Millsaps during the 1896-97 session. 

G. L. Lauderdale, of Jackson, Blississippi, who died June 3, 1955. Mr. Lauderdale 

attended Millsaps from 1910-1912. 

Patricia .Ann Adams to Noel H. Smith, 
'52-'53, Living in Corinth, Mississippi. 

Jean Barnes, '43-'44, to Arthur Wil- 
liam Wright. Living in Houston, Te.xas. 

Sally Ann Batson, '50-'52, to Lt. Perry 
S. Ivey. Living in Greenville, Mississippi. 

Emily Bush, '54-'55, to Carroll Wea- 
ver Hughes. Living in Germany. 

Lucy Emcgene Calhoun, '49, to Lt. 
Corliss U. Laisure. Living in Washing- 
ton, D. C. 

Alma Hyde Carpenter, '56, to Charles 
E. Underbill, '56. Living in Jackson. 

Ann IMarie Carter, '55, to Jerry Babb 
Gulledre, '53. Living in Memphis, Ten- 

Jacquelyn Carter, '53-'54, to Raymond 
L. Peden. Living in Harvey, Louisiana. 

Ida Fae Emmerich, '48, to Dr. Robert 
Charles Hardy. Living in Dallas, Texas. 

Lucinda .Anne Faulkenberry, '53-'54, 
to Donald R. Youngs, '56. Living in 
Jackson, Mississippi. 

Kay Fort, '55, to James Keithley 
Child. Living at Ole Miss. 

Sybil Foy, '54, to William James, '55. 
Living in Jackson, Mississippi. 

Bobbie Gillis, '48, to the Rev. Samuel 
Paston. Living ir .Atlanta. Georgia 

Sara Hilton, '55, to Howell Polk, '55. 
Living in Corinth, Mississippi. 

Katherine E. Hornsby, '48-'50, to Wil- 
liam F. Middlebrooks. Living in Knox- 
ville, Tennessee. 

Margie Louise Jordan to James 
Enochs Long, '51-'53. Living in JNIem- 
phis, Tennessee. 

Dorothy Kirkpatrick to Harry T. 
Hutchinson, '53. Living in Dallas, Texas. 

Eugenia Ann Lauchley, '56, to William 
Joseph Johnson. Living at I'ississippi 

Patricia Ann Leep, '53, to Stanley E. 
Hovatter. Living in Jackson, Mississippi. 

Elizabeth Ann McGee, '52, to Lt. Paul 
H. Engel. Living in Pensacola, Florida. 

Betty Nell Martin to Charles Butler, 
'46-'47. Living in Jackson, Jlississippi. 

Edith Meaders, '46-'47, to W. P. Brid- 
ges, Jr., '46-'49. Living in Jackson, 

Patricia Ann Jlurphy to William Gran- 
ville Sykes, III, '54. Living in Pensa- 
cola, Florida. 

Martha Jo Nail, '54, to Jack Miltcn 
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JUNE, 1956 


EDITOR'S NOTE: We felt the need 
of commenting, sometimes serious- 
ly, more often casually, regarding 
events of importance and of no 
consequence. Maybe this column is 
the answer, maybe not. In any 
event, bear with us as we experi- 

All of us salute the magnificent 
contribution the Ford Foundation has 
made to the strengthening of higher 
education and the ministry of healing 
thi'ough its half-billion dollar gift. It 
is an unprecedented act of philanthropy. 

The donor hoped to contribute to the 
solution of the problem of faculty .sal- 
aries which privately supported insti- 
tutions are facing. The gift did not, nor 
was it intended to, solve this problem, 
however, as many people might think. 

In a very informative booklet the 
McGraw-Hill Publishing Company has 
analyzed the situation well. We quote 
from the publication: "We have allowed 
college professors to fall so far behind 
the parade financially that the share 
of the Ford half billion dollar gift 
going directly to (he improvement of 
faculty salaries (210 million) will go 
only a small way to provide adequate 

"Completion of this job for our pri- 
vately supported colleges and univer- 
sities calls for an increase in faculty 
salaries at least five times as great as 
that made possible by the Ford gift 
merely to restore salaries to their 1939 
purchasing power level, and an increase 
fifteen times as great to provide ade- 
quate salaries today. 

"The Ford gift will turn the indicator 
of faculty salaries, which now lies far 
below the general salary trend, upward 
a few points. And it will do this in 
some places where salaries are below 
the wretched average. 

"The crucial test of the success of 
the enterprise of the Ford Foundation 
in raising faculty salaries will lie in 
whether it prompts the rest of us — 
college alumni, individuals, business 
firms and legislators alike — to see 
that it is a great beginning, not a 
signal for a recess." 

• • 


• • 

Dr. M. C. White's smooth-stroking tennis squad made history this spring by 
taking the state's intercollegiate championship in a thrilling battle with Mis- 
sissippi State on the concrete courts in Starkville. 

It was Millsaps and Mississippi State all the way, with other colleges out of 
the competition before the tournament was one day old. Although classified as 
underdogs in the battle against heavily subsidized Mississippi State, mainly be- 
cause of the difference in the rubico courts in Jackson and State's concrete courts, 
the Majors downed their opponents 20 to 16. 

The tennis championship was the second earned by Millsaps since the inter- 
collegiate tournaments were started in 1949. Mississippi State had won four 
championships and the Majors tied the Maroons for last year's trophy. 

During the regular season play the Majors compiled an impressive record 
of 16 wins and 2 losses, defeating such teams as Alabama, Bii'mingham Southern, 
Mississippi Southern, Spring Hill, Southwestern, Illinois Normal, Delta State, 
and Henderson State. The first six wins were by 9 to scores. 

Three matches with Mississippi College found the Majors continuing their 
winning ways over their neighliors. Last year the Majors defeated the Choctaws 
in every match, and history repeated itself this season. 

We like the vivid, if somewhat ex- 
aggerated, portrayal of the evils which 

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After compiling an amazing 16-2 record for the season the Millsaps tennis team 
continued their winning ways to capture the intercollegiate championship of the 
state. Lettermen pictured above, are, from the left, kneeling, Fred Abraham, 
Vicksburg; Willard Leggett, Hattiesburg; James Vaughan, Amory; Jimmy McCor- 
mick, Jackson; standing, from the left. Max McDaniel, Jackson; Powers Moore, 
Jackson, and Gilbert Woods, Greenville. 

Dr. White, who has coached the tennis team since 1920, is due 
heartiest congratulations for the excellent performance of the tennis 
team. His instruction, his patience, his emphasis on good sportsman- 
ship, and his faith in his men were most important factors in the great 
seasons the squad has had within recent years. (Incidentally, Dr. 
White was a member of the doubles team winning the state champion- 
ship in amateur competition two years ago.) Lettermen who played 
superior tennis against opponents who, with few exceptions, were re- 
ceiving scholarships for their efforts will long be remembered for their 

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Professor is Scientist^ Poet^ Author 


Microscopes and pens, biology books 
and poetry books don't seem to belong 
in the same realm, but they play im- 
portant roles in the life of Miller AVil- 

Williams is professor of biology at 
jlillsaps — but he also is a poet, author, 
and playwright. 

In regard to the seeming paradox of 
a scientist, accustomed to dealing with 
the cold, hard facts, also writing poetry 
full of tenderness, beauty, love, and 
powerful expression, Williams says, 
"A writer's task is to understand, to 
delve into, to communicate the meaning 
and essence of life to readers, which is 
the duty of science. One complements 
the other." 

He has published three volumes of 
verse, "Et Cetera," "Six New Sonnets" 
(a brochure), and "Letters to the Editor 
and Other Poems." Some of his poetry 
has been published in national maga- 
zines — "Poetry," "Motive,'' "Kaleido- 
graph," "Cornucopia," "Pedagogue," 
"The Arrow," and "Preview." One poem 
is being considered for inclusion in a 
book of choral readings. 

It may well be that his poetry is the 

one of his accomplishments for which he 
will best be remembered. The world is 
already taking note. 

British Take Note 

A review from The Book Exchange in 
London says, "i\Iiller Williams is a strong 
poet who is aware of the evils that beset 
us, and is ready and willing to W'rite 
about whatever he feels to be the sick- 
ness of cur age . . . His is a voice worth 
listening to." 

Williams was born 26 years ago in 
Hoxie, Arkansas. He attended Hendrix 
Colleg-e, received his BS degree from 
Arkansas State, his MS from the Uni- 
versity of Arkansas, and has done grad- 
uate work at Louisiana State University. 

He decided early in life to become a 
scientist. He had plenty of company, too 
— four of his five brothers and sisters 
became scientists. He also got an early 
start at writing — he was six when he 
wrote his first poem. 

Although science is his chief occupa- 
tion, he, like most writers, has something 
to say to people. What he has to say 
"is not anything new to people; it's 
something they have known — and almost 
forgotten. I want to remind people of 

their kinship to one another, and to God." 

Williams writes love and humorous 
poems and poems -which cry out against 
the evils of our time. 

He is also a playwright, author, fencer, 
and musician. 

Plays May Be Published 

His two plays, "The Conspirators" 
and "Death Cell," have been performed 
on college campuses — one at LSU and 
one at Arkansas State Teachers College 
— and are being given trial readings now 
by a well-known publisher of drama. 

He has not finished his novel. He 
plays down the fact that he is writing 
one by saying, "All writers have an 
unfinished novel which they are working 

Another talent, fencing (which he has 
taught), has come into good use at Mill- 
saps, where he directed the foil-work for 
the Millsaps Players' "Cyrano de Ber- 

And if you find in Williams' poetry a 
musical lilt, you might attribute it to 
still another skill — his ability to play 
saxophone and trombone, a talent he 
employed as a member of a dance band. 

performances. They are Max McDaniel, Jackson; Powers Moore, Jack- 
son; Willard Leggett, Hattiesburg; Fred Abraham, Vicksburg; James 
Vaughn, Aniory; Jimmy McCormick, Jackson, and Gilbert Woods, 

Next year's tennis team will be minus the services of Leggett and Moore, 
but prospects among freshmen and sophomore candidates this year and transfers 
should help fill the big gap left by their departure. 

Head Coach Sammy Bartling has termed spring football practice 
"the most successful" in five years, and he looks forward to the 1956 
season and a team with the best spirit in history. Advance information 
indicates that returning varsity players will be forced by promising 
newcomers to fight for their 1955 positions. 

For the second consecutive year the Majors experienced a winless basketball 
season, as a hard luck five barely missed breaking the losing streak several times. 
Inexperience, conflicting afternoon schedules, and injuries plagued Coach Erm 
Smith as he sought vainly to find the winning combination. 

Local sports writers praised the team for its spirit in the face of repeated 
defeats — many of them by only a few points. Student body support was much 
improved this year and was with the team down to the bitter end. Alumni interest 
was up some — but still needs much attention. 

Lettermen who deserve commendation for their efforts are : Buster Holloway, 
Indianola; Jack King, Ripley; Bob Livingston, Leland; Ken Parks, Sledge; N. R. 
Walley, Richton; Bob W^eems, Jackson; Ed Whaley, Tupelo; and Brooks Hudson, 
Shubuta, manager. The Majors lose Walley from the varsity squad by graduation. 

The Millsaps baseball team wound up the season with a 2-9 record, 
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(Continued from Page 13) 

Mrs. A. M. Kirkpatrick (Leota Taylor, 
'17), of West Palm Beach, Florida, was 
recognized as the person traveling the 
greatest distance to attend the Alumni 
Day program, and Morris Chambers, of 
Shreveport, Louisiana, a member of the 
Class of 1900, was honored as the repre- 
sentative of the earliest class in attend- 
ance at the banquet. 

The 42-member Alumni Board of 
Directors met in the Millsaps Room of 
the library following a luncheon in the 
cafeteria to consider business items and 
hear committee reports. 

Other events of the day-long program 
included an all-campus Song Fest, spon- 
sored by Chi Omega sorority, a tour of 
the new library, and the Millsaps Play- 
ers' performance of Leslie Stevens' 

Results of a ballot-by-mail election 
to choose Alumni Association officers 
for the coming year, announced during 
the day, were as follows: president, 
Craig Castle, Jackson; vice-presidents, 
W. J. Caraway, Leland, Fred Ezelle and 
Martha Gerald, Jackson; and recording 
secretary, Mrs. Tom Larche, Jackson. 

JUNE, 1956 



Students^ Professors Make Millsaps News 

As the end of the sixty-fourth session 
of the College approached, administra- 
tion representatives viewed the enroll- 
ment picture with mixed emotions. This 
year's record full-time enrollment of 
842 reflected a 13% inc:2ase over the 
previous year. Withi^at limitations, 
judging" from applications received thus 
far, the student body could mushroom 
into the four-figure category for the 
1956-57 session. 

On May 21, 1955, one hundred and for- 
ty-seven new students had been accept- 
ed. Figures reveal that on May 21, 1956, 
two hundred and fifty new students had 
been accepted. The biggest rush will 
come between June and September. At 
this point, it seems certain that enroll- 
ment must be limited to somewhere near 
the 1955-56 figure because of lack of 
dormitory and classroom space and the 
size of the faculty. 

In any event, a traffic jam is pre- 
dicted, and 1957-58 should be even more 

• Students, faculty members, and local 
citizens who were on hand for the Mock 
Democratic National Convention April 
17-19 are still talking about the enthus- 
iasm of the participants and how it 
paralleled August's "real thing." 

Adlai Stevenson swept to victory on 
a third ballot landslide, burying Prank 
Lausche, the second running candidate. 
Lyndon Johnson was the vice-presiden- 
tial nominee. Everything from the key- 
note speech, delivered by State Tax 
Collector William F. Winter, to the noisy 
demonstrations which rang in the raf- 
ters of Buie Gymnasium, made veteran 
observers think they were in Convention 

Credit for the success of the Mock 
Convention, the first of its kind in the 
state, goes to a hardworking student 
committee and to faculty adviser Harry 
S. Manley. Dr. Manley is chairman 
of the political science department. 

O At least one Millsaps College student 
received more than a superficial intro- 
duction to national politics as a result 
of the Mock Convention. He is Charles 
Deaton, Greenwood senior, who served 
as campaign manager for Millsaps' 
candidate for president of the United 
States. Mr. Stevenson invited Deaton 

to spend a weekend on his Springfield, 
Illinois, farm. The invitation was accept- 
ed. You can rest assured they talked 
about something other than the price 
of Illinois corn. 

• Another event which brought Millsaps 
College widespread recognition this year 
was the national convention of Alpha 
Epsilon Delta, held on the campus March 

More than 250 delegates from colleges 
and universities all over the nation con- 
vened for the annual premedical meet- 
ing. Dr. J. B. Price, national vice-pres- 
ident of the honor society, the Millsaps 
A ED chapter, and the University of 
Mississippi Medical Center .served as 
hosts for the convention. 

In selecting Millsaps as the site for 
the convention, AED officials praised 
the College for its growth as a pre- 
medical center and for the quality of 
of instruction students receive. It was 
the first time the premedical organiza- 
tion had met in the state. 

Dr. Price was re-elected to serve as 
vice-president. Named to head the AED 
group was Dr. Lloyd R. Gribble, of 
the University of West Virginia. Other 
officers elected were: secretary. Dr. 
Maurice L. Moore, Bronxville, New 
York; treasurer, Dr. Norman Witt, of 
the University of Colorado; and national 
councilor, Dr. John Fincher, of Howard 

® For the first time in the memory of 
this writer Millsaps College students 
will be attending lecture classes in the 
afternoon when the 1956-57 session gets 
underway next September. 

Classes will end at noon each day and 
will reconvene at 1:30 p. m. Some 
students will have that final class from 
2:30 to 3:30 p. m. Labs will continue 
to be held on the same schedule. 

Faculty decision to inaugui'ate after- 
noon classes came because of the desire 
to eliminate Tuesday and Thursday 
seventy-five minute classes and obtain 
a better balance throughout the week. 

The new system will help students 
who have been unable to take certain 
courses because of conflicts. No Sat- 
urday classes seem likely within the 
foreseeable future. 

® An alumnus of the College and the 
father of a student currently enrolled 
was selected as the 1956 Religious Em- 
phasis Week speaker. He is Dr. W. 
J. Cunningham, '25-'27, pastor of the 
First Methodist Church in Tupelo. 

Sponsored by the interdenominational 
Christian Council, Religious Emphasis 
Week is made possible each year by the 
J. Lloyd Decell Lectureship Fund, estab- 
lished as a memorial to the late Dr. 
Decell, Bishop of the Jackson Area of 
the Methodist Church. 

Other speakers who have appeared on 
the Decell Lectureship Series are Dr. 
Henry Hitt Crane; Dr. George Buttrick; 
Dr. Elton Trueblood; and Bishop John 
Wesley Lord. 

© Many of you recall the excitement of 
of Tap Day, that time chapel is devoted 
to the honoraries and the honoring of 
their new members. Students still find 
it stimulating. Omicron Delta Kappa 
and Sigma Lambda this spring elected 
the following new members for their 
qualities of leadership on the campus: 
Alton Boyd, McComb; Charles Deaton, 
Greenwood; Walton Lipscomb, Jackson; 
Nancy Peacock, Kosciusko; Betty Gail 
Trapp, Tupelo; Nancy Vines, Jackson; 
and Jeanette Wilkins, Yazoo City. 

9 Operation of the cafeteria is now in 
the hands of the J. L. Richardson Com- 
pany of Houston, Texas. W. R. Dry- 
bread (you read it correctly) is manager 
of food services. You'll be happy to 
know that Mrs. Jessie Smith, long a 
favorite with students and faculty mem- 
bers, is assisting Mr. Drybread in the 
management of the cafeteria. 

® It's been a musical spring on the hill, 
and student-sponsored and directed 
events have reflected the trend toward 
song and dance. 

The annual Varsity Show, a project 
of Sigma Lambda, was a sprightly 
musical entitled "Good News" which 
borrowed much of its music from the 
stage show by the same name. Stars 
who performed with no little ability 
were Elwyn Addkison, of Louisville, and 
Howard Jones, campus comic, of Jack- 
son. A cast of twelve supported. 

On April 26 ten social organizations 



Another First in Mississippi -The Mock Political Convention 

The Mock Political Convention will take its place with the 
discovery of the gas well back of Galloway Hall and the 
burning of the old Administration Building as never-to-be- 
forgotten events in the unfolding history of Millsaps College. 
You'll recall that the convention named Adlai Stevenson as 
the Democratic standard bearer and paired him with Lyndon 
Johnson as the vice presidential candidate. Could be pro- 
phetic; time will tell. The pictures above capture some of the 
excitement and rivalry which observers say was reminiscent 
of the real thing. Photos in the top row include a frenzied 
conference between ballots, and, to the right, pre-convention 
"politicking" in Murrah Hall. The camera gives a bird's eye 

view of the floor after a prolonged demonstration had ended, 
and, right, Kefauver supporters listen as a tally is announced 
in the second row of pictures. Row number three shows 
Stevenson supporters reacting as the tide turned. Lausche 
supporters, left, took a dim view of the proceedings! Right, 
Stevenson supporters "go wild" when the chair announces 
the verdict. The shots on the bottom row include a "harmony 
pose" of campaign managers for the various candidates be- 
fore the convention. Right, students showed maximum inter- 
est in the project, checking the convention board for the 
latest information. 

JUNE, 1956 


matched originality and stamina in pro- 
viding a full evening of mirth and 
melody for the annual Stunt Night 
program. The bucket, eagerly sought 
trophy, was won by the Kappa Deltas 
for their skit entitled "On Scratching 
Out to America," a streamlined but 
patriotic version of the landing at Fly- 
mouth Rock. Tying for second were the 
Lambda Chis, who went western with 
"Good Day at White Rock", and the Pi 
Kappa Alphas, who took the audience 
into the underworld with a sinister rib 

ffi A belated report on scholarship aver- 
ages for the fall semester reveals that 
the Millsaps College student body point 
index averaged 1.3410 (I'.O is equivalent 
to the letter grade B). Social organiza- 
tions winning the coveted scholarship 
cup for the first semester were Kappa 
Delta, with an averags of 1.883, and 
Lambda Chi Alpha, with an average of 

The Lambda Chis have won the cup 
for three consecutive semesters, while 
the Kappa Deltas have won two cups 
"in a row." 

9 Students enthusiastically approved 
two moves by the administration this 
semester to provide additional recrea- 
tional opportunities on the campus. 
Beginning March 5 the Grill in Buie 
Gymnasium was opened each evening 
from 6:30 to 10 p.m. and a television 
set was installed for video fans. 

© Another reason members of the Mill- 
saps College community feel that this 
has been an unusually eventful year is 
the outstanding performance of the 

Coached by Professor Harmon Till- 
man, who set something of a debate 
record here as a student in 1952, the 
1955-56 edition of the debate team 
sfirred memories of years gone by when 
they talked themselves into several 
tournament championships and national 

First honors went to Millsaps debaters 
in tournaments held at Tulane, Missis- 
sippi Southern, Tennessee Tech, Spring 
Hill, and Georgia. Millsaps was one of 
thirty colleges and universities across 
the nation invited to participate in the 
national invitational debate tournament 
at Notre Dame University. Jerry Trigg, 
Quitman, won number 4 position in a 
field of 60 competitors at the meet, con- 
sidered one of the two most important 
in the nation. 

Trigg was named the year's outstand- 

ing debater at the annual Debate Club 

9 The band is making an increasingly 
significant contribution to campus life 
and the musical development of its 
members under student director Sam 
Jones' leadership. 

Two concerts by the symphonic band 
this year were well received and revealed 
the versatility of the musicians and 
their ability to present great music. 

Contributions to campus life included 
military music and highly entertaining 
halftime shows at football games, back- 
ground music for the Mock Political 
Convention, and an open-air concert for 
the entertainment of guests on High 
School Day. 

A weekend workshop at Allison's 
Wells was established recently and is 
proving to be beneficial. 

• Dr. C. M. Murry, '41, who was the 
featured speaker for High School Day 
on March 17, told seniors of his faith in 
Millsaps College. 

More than 400 guests attended High 
School Day on March 17 and were 
thoroughly entertained and informed. 
Approximately 250 high school seniors 
took competitive tests, hoping to win 
one of twenty scholarships offered. 

Millsaps students, serving in many 
capacities during the day, were an en- 
thusiastic sales force. Entertainment 
highlights included a variety show and 
a three-act play. 

• Another great year in dramatics at 
Millsaps ended on May 12 with the 
final performance of Leslie Stevens' 
"Bullfight." Because of the outstanding 
directing of Professor Lance Goss, the 
Millsaps Players has come to be recog- 
nized as one of the nation's top col- 
legiate drama groups. 

The Players' performance of "Bull- 
fight" was the first amateur production 
of the play since its professional run 
in New York City. Other presentations 
this year included "Cyrano de Bergerac," 
"The Rainmaker," and three student- 
directed one-act plays. 

An original play, "In the Narrow 
Place," written by senior Walter Ely, 
was presented in the one-act play series. 
Ely is the son of Mrs. Walter Ely, Sr., 
Greenville, Grenada 1928. 

Awards given at the Alpha Psi Omega 
banquet went to the seven students, 
among them Karen Gilfoy, daughter of 
J. R. Gilfoy, 1933, who received the 

award for the top actress for her per- 
formance as Josefina in "Bullfight," 
and Walter Ely, the Alpha Psi Omega 
award given to the senior who has made 
the most outstanding contribution to 
di'amatics over a four-year period. 

® Millsaps College students have elected 
Sam Jones, Jr., of Jackson, to head the 
student executive board for the 1956-57 
session. A record 86.2% of the student 
body cast their ballots in the first pri- 
mary voting to top last year's total by 
7.2 9'r. Jones defeated Hugh Johnston, 
of Vicksburg, in a two-man race which 
created maximum interest among the 
student body. 

In second primary runoffs Graham 
Hales, Jackson, defeated Jim Waits, 
Hattiesburg, in a close contest for vice- 
president. Nancy Peacock, Kosciusko, 
was named secretary of the student 
body, winning over Jeanette Wilkins, 
Yazoo City, in the second primary. 
Students elected Bob Mims, Jackson, to 
serve as treasurer. Mims defeated John 
Stone, Jackson, in the runoff. 

® T\vo Millsaps College students, Joyce 
Nail, of Jackson, and Oscar Dowdle, of 
Greenville, were among forty Methodist 
students from across the nation to at- 
tend a five-day Christian citizenship 
seminar at the United Nations in New 
York and in Washington, D. C. 

The seminar, which was held in 
February, included group appointments 
with senators and representatives, a 
Republican-Democrat forum on the 
Eisenhower administration, a tour of 
the U. N. buildings, a description of the 
peaceful use of atomic energy, and 
talks by representatives of the British 
and Czechoslovakian delegations of the 

Miss Nail, a sophomore, was sponsor- 
ed by the Mississippi Conference, and 
Dowdle, a junior, was sent under the 
auspices of the North Mississippi 



At Homecoming 

Saturday, October 20, 1956. 

The following classes 
will have reunions: 

1950, 1949, 1948, 1947 

1931, 1930, 19_9, 1928 

1912, 1911, 1910, 1909 

and 1907 



The Tour — The Recording — and Then Retirement 

The climax of twenty-two years of devoted service, inspired 
musicianship, and outstanding leadership is captured in the 
photographs appearing above. They show scenes from the 
final months of the career of Alvin Jon King as director of 
the iMillsaps Singers. Mr. King achieved an emeritus status 
at the close of the 1955-56 session. At the top of the page, 
left, the "work detail" puts the finishing touches to the sign 
which identified the touring Millsaps Singers during their 
fifteen-day trip over the state. To the right, "Big Joe," one 
of the two bus drivers joins an ex-singer (who holds her 
small son) in singing before the choir boarded buses to leave 

JUNE, 1956 

on "Pop's" final tour. Center pictures are, from the left, 
the chaperones, Mrs. J. B. Price and Mrs. Helen Daniel, the 
director, and Ernest (Big Joe) Ward, driver for the last 
twelve jears. A real work session scene is caught by the 
cameraman as the choir records for RCA-Victor; and the 
right, a view of Mr. King which hundreds of Singers will 
always remember. In the lower left picture Hr. Finger, 
right foreground, is on hand to wish the tour choir well, 
and to the right, the campus echoes the reverent words and 
music of "The Lord Bless You and Keep You." 



Early Days (1892-1906) 

Among the first alumni to answer the 
1955-56 membership roll call was Dr. 
Hal S. Spragins, 1892-93, of Memphis, 

Ebbie Ouchterlony Whittington, 1901, 
writes that he is interested in finding 
the names and addresses of his class- 
mates. Mr. Whittington, a Tutwiler at- 
torney, has celebrated his 79th birthday. 


One of the highlights of the recent 
meeting of the Memphis Area Club was 
a talk by W. F. Murrah, '08. He kept 
the entire group entertained with stories 
of his years at Millsaps, first as the son 
of Dr. W. B. Murrah, first president of 
the College, and then as a student. 

When Capitol Street Methodist 
Church, in Jackson, Mississippi, began 
its $300,000 building program, Walter 
S. Ridgway, 'OS, was among the able 
leaders of the project. Mr. Ridgway has 
two daughters, Mary, '47, and Elizabeth, 
'50, who married two brothers, Dr. J. L. 
Wofford, '43, and Dr. J. D. Wofford, 
'50, and made it one big and happy 
Millsaps family. 

James F. Noble, Sr., has been prac- 
ticing law in Brookhaven, Mississippi, 
since April, 1009. Mr. Noble received 
his LL.B. from Millsaps in that same 

The Rev. C. C. Clark, '15, of Jackson, 
recently underwent surgery in the Bap- 
tist Hospital. We are happy to report 
that his recovery was rapid. 

Rabbi J. B. Feibelman, '18, who has 
spoken at Millsaps on many occasions, 
continues to furnish leadership in the 
religious and civic life of New Orleans, 


Members of the staff were delighted 
to learn that Dan Brewer, 1919-20, of 
Greenwood, Mississippi, will be sending 
his daughter, Danice, to Millsaps when 
the 1956-57 session opens. 

The alumni records clerk was pleased 
to receive the address of Dr. Prentiss E. 
Smith, '19-'20, of Hattiesburg. Dr. 
Smith was one of many loyal and in- 
terested alumni whose names are in the 
address unknown file. 

and Mrs. H. R. Morris (Marian Weeks, 
'21-'23) of Yazoo City, has been award- 
ed a Rhodes Scholarship. Young Morris 
attended Millsaps in the summers of 
1953 and 1954. . : 

Mrs. Maxine Tull Boatner, '24, of 
Hartford, Connecticut, has written a 
book on the life a Gallaudet, the great 
teacher of the deaf. She plans to spend 
the summer in the colony of Petersboro, 
New Hampshire, a retreat for those 
pursuing literary careers. At this time 
she will begin editing the diaries of 

Texas Mitchell Campbell, '23-'25, is 
currently serving as national president 
of Kappa Delta Sorority. Three years 
ago she returned to Jackson to live, 
after having been away for 28 years. 

Mrs. Frank Gladney (Sara Gary, '25- 

'26), of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was 
,rec*ently a,ppointed state horticulture 
chairman of the Louisiana Garden Club 
Federation. Soon after her appoint- 
ment she was the subject of a feature 
story appearing in the Baton Rouge 
"Morning Advocate." 

In December, 1955, the Reverend A. 
M. Ellison, Jr., '29, pastor of the Bay 
St. Louis Methodist Church, was award- 
ed a promotion to Lt. Colonel in the 
U. S. A. R. 

R. C. Embry, '29, of Baltimore, Mary- 
land, is vice-president of radio station 
WITH there. He and Mrs. Embry have 
four sons and one daughter. 

Carlisle B. Touchstone, '30, is em- 
ployed in the office of the Director of 
Internal Revenue in Hattiesburg. He is 
married to the former Kathleen Hunt, 
and they have three sons, William, Carl, 
and Isaac. 

"The Most Outstanding Citizen of 
Lincoln County for 1955" is Theresia 
Abshagen, '33. Miss Abshagen, who 
has been a member of the Brookhaven 
High School faculty for 18 years, as- 
sisted in the preparation of the textbook, 
English in Action. 

Webb Buie, '36, has been elected pres- 
ident of the Board of Trustees of the 
Jackson Public Schools. Mrs. Buie is 
the former Ora Lee Graves, '36. 

William W. Morris, the son of Mr. 

John W. Nicholson, Jr. '37-'38, is 
agency supervisor of the John Hancock 

Mutual Life Insurance Company in Jack- 
son. A charter member of the Missis- 
sippi Estate Planning Council, Mr. Nich- 
olson has been in the life insurance 
business since 1949. He is married to 
the former Josephine Timberlake, '41. 

Cecil Triplett, '39, Mashulaville, Mis- 
sissippi, recently returned to the United 
States after ten years of civilian work 
in Japan. 

R. L. Ledbetter, '37-'40, is manager 
of printing and publications with the 
Oil Industries Life Insurance Company 
in Houston, Texas. 

A recent assignment took Jennie 
Youngblood, '40, to the field for the 
Leadership Education Department of the 
West Wisconsin Conference of the 
Methodist Church. 

Larston Farrar, '40, who is living in 
Washington D. C, has recently written 
two books, "Washington Lowdown," pub- 
lished in May, and "How to Make $18,000 
a Year Free Lance Writing," to be 
published in the fall of 1956. 

A letter from Tom Robertson, '41, 

reveals that he has written a novel 
which was published this spring. 
At present he is completing the require- 
ments for his Ph.D. at Vanderbilt and 
working on another novel for later pub- 

The Reverend Roy C. Clark, '41, pas- 
tor of Capitol Street Methodist Church 
in Jackson, is serving as president of 
the Jackson Ministerial Association for 

Bob Kennedy, '41, is studying for his 
doctoral comprehensive at Florida State 

The Reverend and Mrs. J. Stanley 
Gresley (Elizabeth Jane Landstreet, '42) 
wrote of entertaining the Reverend David 
Watts, '42, priest in charge of St. Paul's 
Episcopal Church in Batesville, Ar- 
kansas. In June the Gresleys will move 
to North Little Rock, where Rev. Gres- 
ley will serve St. Luke's Episcopal 

Lawrence Rabb, '42, Aumni Associa- 
tion Board member, recently opened his 
new law office in Meridian, Mississippi. 



Dr. William D. Ross, '42, professor of 
economics and director of the Louisiana 
Higliway Finance Study, has been named 
Dean of the College of Commerce at 
Louisiana State University. 

For the past four years Dr. Clay N. 
Wells, '40-43, has been engaged in prac- 
tice in Birmingham, Alabama, where he 
is associated with the University of Ala- 
bama School of Medicine as assistant 
pnofessor of obstetrics and gynecology. 

Mrs. H. N. Minnis, Jr. (Mary Emma 
Erwin, '43) of Greenville, Mississippi, 
will enter L. S. U. in September of 1956 
to complete requirements for her M. A. 
degree in social service. 

One alumna who has made a hit with 
the alumni records clerk is Mrs. Roliert 
C. Holmes (Kathryn Shannon, '42-'43), 
of Norfolk, Virginia. Mrs. Holmes, 
whose name was not on our mailing list, 
wrote of meeting another former Mill- 
saps student, who shared a MAJOR 
NOTES with her. Her immediate re- 
quest to be put on the mailing list was 
definitely appreciated. Mr. and Mrs. 
Holmes have three children, Mary Kath- 
ryn, 10, Bobby, 5, and Shannon, 4. 

A former staff member of the Vet- 
erans Hospital in Jackson, Dr. Robert 
D. Pearson, '43, has been appointed 
clinical instructor in medicine and as- 
sistant visiting physician at the new 
Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 
New York. Mrs. Pearson is the former 
Sylvia Roberts, '43, of Jackson. 

Allen Holmes, '43, returned to New 
York in the fall of 1955 after spending 
a number of months in Viet-Nam as a 
Federal Reserve banking consultant to 
the government of Viet-Nam. 

It was a pleasure to read the Christ- 
mas newsletter from D. A. Reilly, '44, 
who is serving full-time with the evan- 
gelism program of the Brazilian Metho- 
dist Church in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Mr. 
and Mrs. Reilly and their three children 
went to Sao Paulo from Mato Grosso. 

Mrs. James K. Smith (Sara Kathleen 
Posey, '44) is president of the Jackson 
Council of Church Women. She was 
elected to the board for a two year 
term at a central meeting of the Council 
in December. Mr. and Mrs. Smith have 
one daughter, Emily, who is six years 

J. Carrol Loper, '46-'47, of Jackson, 
has been named associate j'cneral agent 
for the state of Mississippi for the Oc- 
cidental Life Insurance Company of 
California. One of the company's top 
salesmen, Loper recently received recog- 
nition at an Occidental convention for 
his sales and service record. 

state title. Mrs. Carr is the former 
Elizabeth Ann Williams, class of 1950. 

The new production manager of "Bozo 
and His Friends" on WOR-TV in New 
York is Woodson Wall, '40-'47, former- 
ly of Jackson, Mississippi. Prior to this 
assignment Mr. Wall served as produc- 
er-director of WHBQ in Memphis. 

A holiday lireak in <;raduate school 
routine brought together seven recent 
graduates of .Millsaps College for a 
grand reunion in Boston. Appearing in 
the picture, left to right, are Allie 
Frazier, Julia Allen, Yeager Hudson, 
Charles Boyles, James Burnett, Josie 
Lampton, and Louise Hight Hudson. 
Hosts were the Reverend and Mrs. 
Yeager Hudson, enrolled in theology at 
Boston University. Burnett and Miss 
Lampton came up from Duke's School of 
Divinity, and Boyles and Frazier are 
Boston University students. 

In January Dr. Clyde Gunn, '4S, of 
Moss Point, Mississippi, was installed 
as president of the Jackson County 
Medical Society. 

George Lee, '49, has received his M. S. 
in chemistry from Louisiana State Uni- 

Gene Nettles, '49, who has been in 
New York for several years, is in the 
cast of "My Fair Lady," the musical 
version of "Pygmalion." 

Congratulations to Coach Gordon 
"Motor" Carr, '49, whose Holmes Jr. 
College basketball team captured the 

Class of 1950 

Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Wade, (Patricia 
Reed, '48) have been in Metz Mozelle, 
France, since November, 1955. Mr. 
Wade is employed by General Electirc 
as an electronics engineer. They will be 
in Europe for at least two years. 

Among the many Millsaps alumni 
who are living in Atlanta, Georgia, is 
Lanier Jones, who is interning at Pied- 
mont Hospital. 

The Reverend Henry C. Blount is 

serving as pastor of Grace Methodist 
Church in Ruston, Louisiana. He and 
Mrs. Blount have two children, Becky, 
5, and Ramona, 2. 

Class of 1951 

Congratulations are in order for 
Franz A. Posey, who has received his 
Ph.D. in chemistry from the University 
of Chicago. Franz, who is married to 
the former Linda Langdon, has taken a 
position on the staff at Oak Ridge Na- 
tional Laboratory, in Oak Ridge, Ten- 
nessee. They have one daughter, Cath- 
erine Ann. 

Jack M. Mobley was among 125 stu- 
dents from the University of Tennessee 
Medical Units in Memphis, Tennessee, to 
graduate in December, 1955. 

David Shelton has been awarded the 
Doherty Fellowship for advanced study 
in Latin America. David and his wife, 
i\Iargaret, will spend the academic year 
1956-57 in Mexico, Chile, and Argen- 
tina, for the purpose of investigating 
methods of financing economic develop- 
ments there. He is presently working 
toward his Ph.D. at Ohio State Uni- 

Class of 1952 

Four Millsaps alumni were honored 
during the 1956 Senior Scientific Session 
held April 7, at Tulane University. The 
theses of W. E. Riecken, Jr., J. B. Roe- 
buck, '50-52, R. J. Haddad, Jr., '53, and 
R. H. Flowers, Jr., '53, were among 
fourteen from Medical School seniors 
chosen for presentation. 

Class of 1953 

After receiving his discharge from 
the Army, John Crabb enrolled at the 
University of Tennessee to begin work 
on his M. A. in finance. 

We thoroughly enjoyed and appre- 
ciated a recent letter from Mim Carpen- 

JUNE, 1956 


ter, who is teaching health and physical 
education in an Arlington, Virginia, jun- 
ior high school. Mini wrote of seeing 
Captain Marion Carlson, '51, who is 
stationed in Maryland. 

Barry Brindley, who recently received 
his discharge from the Army, has re- 
turned to Jackson and accepted a posi- 
tion with the International Business Ma- 
chine Company. 

The Mississippi Department of Pub- 
lic Welfare has announced the employ- 
ment of William Eugene Loper, Jr. He 
will be employed in the Warren County 
Department of Public Welfare, Vicks- 
burg, for several months with the pos- 
sibility of receiving a scholarship to 
attend an out-of-state graduate school 
of social work. 

George C. Pirie, has been appointed 
professional service representative in 
the Jackson district for C. I. B. A. 
Pharmaceutical Products, Inc. The com- 
pany is engaged in scientific research 
and in the manufacture of drug's known 
as "ethical" products. 

Robert Hunt received his B.D. from 
Emory University at the end of the 195G 
winter quarter. In June he will re- 
ceive his appointment in the Mississippi 

Class of 19.54 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Allen (Lynn 
McGrath) are making their home in 
Detroit, Michigan, where he has a posi- 
tion with Ford Motor Company. Charlie 
received his M. A. in economics from 
L. S. U. in January. 

Mr. and Mrs. John Broadwater (Mau- 
lene Presley) are living in St. Louis, 
Missouri, where he is attending Wash- 
ington University Medical School. Tliis 
year he received the Danforth Scholar- 

At the end of the winter quarter. Jack 
Cooper received his Master of Science 
degree from Ohio State University. 

After a tour of duty in Verdun, 
France, Milton O. Cook, '53-'54, will re- 
turn to the U. S. and receive his dis- 
charge from the Army in July. He 
plans to enroll at Millsaps in Septem- 
ber to complete his B. S. degree re- 

Frank Mangum will have completed his 
second year of seminary at the Univer- 
sity of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. 

Class of 1955 

Lucy Robinson and Mary Alice Shields 

are winding up their first school-teach- 
ing year at Zellwood, Florida. 

Ann Butler, who is doing graduate 
work at L. S. U., played the role of 
Stella in their production of "A Street- 
car Named Desire." Ann was seen in the 
same role when the Millsaps Players 
gave their presentation of the play in 

On hand to wish "Pop" King and the 
Millsaps Singers a "bon voyage" before 
the spring tour were Don Pearson, '51, 
and his two sons. Brooks, left, and Don, 
Jr. Mrs. Pearson is the former Betty 
Jo Davis, '51. 

Katherine Webb is teaching in the 
Meridian Elementary Schools. 

At the end of the 1955-56 session, 

Joe Ebersole is leading an exciting 
life in Los Angeles, California, where 
he is the staff assistant to the Quality 
Control Chief of the Autonetics Divi- 
sion of North American Aviation. Joe 
is also attending graduate school at the 
University of Southern California — and 
making straight A's. 

Class of 1956 

Gary Balius is teaching chemistry 
at Meridian Junior College and serving 
as assistant coach in track. 

Mr. and Mrs. William F. Powell (Joan 
Lee) are living in Houston, Texas, where 
he is attending the graduate school of 
geology at Rice Institute, and she is 
teaching the fourth grade at Grady Ele- 
mentary School. 

The new managing-editor of the Mc- 
Comb Enterprise-Journal is Carl Welch, 
'52-'56. He is married to the former 
Glenda Glenn, '55. 


(Continued from Page 4) 

assistance from these sources. 

Friends and parents are remembering 
the College in these days of great need. 
The magnificent bequest from the es- 
tate of the late Mrs. Mae Jack Cheek 
is an example. 

A story elsewhere in this issue an- 
nounces the formation of a foundation 
of independent colleges in Mississippi. 
Millsaps is a charter member of the 
group and is participating in a syste- 
matic effort to interest corporations in 
giving for the support of member insti- 

The Future Holds the Answer 

Officials of the College and the Alum- 
ni Association have great faith in the 
ability of the men and women who call 
Millsaps alma mater to understand the 
necessity of alumni support and to re- 
spond. Only time will tell if this faith 
is justified. 

Meanwhile, a gift of $100 has been 
received from an alumnus as a demon- 
stration of his love for the College and 
his belief in Christian higher education. 
He asks that 100 others join him in 
making certain that a minimum of 
$10,000 is raised through the Alumni 
Fund during the 1956-57 session. 

No gift will be too large — no gift will 
be too small. All gifts will be tax deduct- 

Whether Millsaps College continues to 
"serve the present age" may depend 
upon our response. 

Make the first year of the Alumni 
Fund a successful year and thus set 
the pace for all of the years to come! 



KING, SANDERS — (Continued from Page 15) 

To these could be added multiplied hundreds of statements attesting to the 
greatness of these men. 

Happily, they will still be near the campus and will be contributing as 
beloved members of the College family. 

Major Notes expresses for their friends, colleagues, and former students the 
hope that the days ahead will be filled with opportunities for continuing service 
and with richly deserved years of contentment. 

Fa7' Cry From '34 

According to University of Illinois statisticians here's the national 
pay outlook for the Class of '50: 


Engineers _. 

Business Specialists 


Agriculture Technicians 

Teachers $285 to $357 per month 

Government Trainees $306 to $399 per month 

Librarians $300 to $500 per month 

Liberal Arts JIajors $333 to $416 per month 

Range of Starting Salaries 

$347 to $525 per month 

___,.$325 to $425 per month 
...___$325 to $500 per month 
$300 to $500 per month 

SPORTS SUMMARY — (Continued from Page 21) 

experiencing another lean year as far as victories are concerned. Lack 
of depth on the pitching staff was again the number one thorn-in-the- 
flesh for Coaches Smith and Bartling. Victories over Mississippi Col- 
lege and Delta State brightened things a bit for win-starved Major 
supporters. An all-freshman infield performed well. 
Graduation will remove outfielders Bennie Kirkland and Crow Parnell from 
action. Lettermen returning for next year's campaign will be pitchers Billy 
Graham and Tex Sample; infielders Ed Whaley, Perrin Smith, Gene Gordon, and 
Jimmy Durett; outfielders Cliff Rushing, Stan Hathorn, Robert Gentry, and James 
Hood; and manager Ray Andrews. 


(Continued from Page 10) 
ecutive Secretary Jim Livesay, songs 
by a Millsaps male quartet, and the 
showing of "Campus Close-Up," the 
College film. 

On January 13, the Gulf Coast Club, 
headed by W. L. Rigby, Gulfport, held 
a' dinner meeting in the Town House 
Restaurant in Gulfport. Outstanding 
high school seniors from the area were 
invited as special guests. Club members 
and the honorees enjoyed a program 
which included musical entertainment 
by several Millsaps students, a showing 
of "Campus Close-Up," and a talk by 
Jim Livesay. 

Alumni from the McComb Area en- 
tertained high school seniors with an 
outdoor supper at President Tommy 
Parker's farm on May 5. In spite of 
intermittent showers the group reported 
a highly successful meeting. Speakers 
for the occasion were Dr. J. S. Ferguson, 

dean of Millsaps College, and Public 
Relations Director Jim Livesay. 

The Knickerbocker Restaurant in 

Memphis was the scene of an April 24th 

meeting of the Memphis Club. Officers 

chosen for the coming year are John 

J. Valentine, president; Bernard Luke, 

vice-president; and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph 

McCool, secretary - treasurers. M a i n 

speaker of the evening was Jim Livesay, 

who talked on the ways Millsaps is 

meeting the current crises in higher 


* * * 

With visions of bigger and better 
things ahead for the Alumni Association 
and Millsaps College, Board members 
have studied Mississippi's fourteen un- 
organized areas for future club organi- 
zation activity. The eight areas which 
are already organized into active clubs 
are continuing to prove their real value 
to the College, the Association and the 
club members. If you are living outside 
an organized club district, and are gen- 

uinely interested in seeing your area 
become organized, you need only to 
write the College and express your 
wishes. Officers of the Association will 
begin work immediately, and in a short 
time you will find yourself a charter 
member of the newly-organized club. 
We are anxious to hear from every in- 
terested alumnus or alumna. You will 
be doing the College, the Association, 
and yourself a favor. 


(Continued from Page 15) 

membership were invited to participate 
in the original incorporation, according 
to officials of the foundation. 

The Mississippi Foundation of Inde- 
pendent Colleges is patterned after sim- 
ilar organizations in other states organ- 
ized to interest business and industry 
in contributing to the support of inde- 
pendent colleges and universities. 


(Continued from Page 15) 

Godbold, of St. Louis, Missouri. Mrs. 
Godbold (Marguerite Darden) is a 1940 
graduate. Mr. Godbold finished in 1939. 

Vern David Buzarde, born February 
5, 1956, to Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Buzarde, 
Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Buzarde (Linda Lou 
McCullar), who are living at Emory 
University, Georgia, were 1954 grad- 
uates of Millsaps College. 

Helen Elizabeth Smith, born February 
2, 1956, to Mr. and Mrs. George Smith, 
of Gulfport, Mississippi. Mrs. Smith, 
the former Mary Belle Mabry, is a 1952 

Stephen Marc Collins, born April 2, 
1956, to Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Collins, Jr., 
of Atlanta, Georgia. Mrs. Collins is the 
former Peggy Suthoff, class of 1954, 
and Mr. Collins is a member of the class 
of 1952. 

Michael Lee Moore, born April 4, 1956, 
to Mr. and Mrs. William H. Moore, of 
Ft. Huachuca, Arizona. Mrs. Moore 
(Anne Turner) graduated in 1954; Mr. 
Moore, in 1953. 

Peter Franklin Barnes, born April 5, 
1956, to Mr. and Mrs. Edmund F. 
Barnes, of Encino, California. Mr. 
Barnes graduated in 1941. 

Steven Gregory Dean, born April 14, 
1956, to Mr. and Mrs. Walter L. Dean of 
Memphis, Tennessee. Mrs. Dean is the 
former Anne Roberts, class of 1953. 

JUNE, 1956 



(Continued from Page 19) 

Loflin, '56. Living in Jackson, Missis- 

Martha Sims New, '55, to Hardy Wil- 
son Graves. Living- in Hazlehurst, Mis- 

Alice Franklin Owens, '42-'43, to John 
Wesley Moffett. Living in Jackson, 

Ruth Ann Pearson, '56, to Cecil F. 
Denley. Living at Mountain Home AFB, 

Carol Janease Poole, '52-'53, to Lt. 
Wendell Arthur Childs. Living- at Fort 
Sill, Oklahoma. 

Dorothy Louise Poore to Edward Law- 
son Gates, '50. Living in Dothan, Ala- 

Shirley Pride to A. W. Ellis, Jr., '53. 
Living in Las Graces, Ne-w Mexico. 

Betty Jean Russell, '55, to Stephen 
Da-vid Seymore. Livinjg in Sanford, 
North Carolina. 

Joan Sue Russell to Thomas Elwyn 
Jolly, '53. Living in Natchez, Mississippi. 

Barbara Anne Stanton, '52-'53, to Ken- 
neth Osborne Cumbers. Living in Nat- 
chez, Mississippi. 

Deborah Ann Stevens, '52, to Howard 
Nathan Crawford, Jr. Living in La- 
fayette, Louisiana. 

Marie Victoria Taylor, '50-'52, to The 
Rev. John Emmet Ferrel, Jr. Living 
in West Milford, West Virginia. 

Mary Featherstun Vaughn, '54, to 
Stephen Mward Collins, '55. Living in 
Nashville, Tennessee. 

Patricia Elease Wilson, '54-'55, to Ted 
Johnson Webb. Living in Yazoo City, 


(Continued from Page 20) 

exist in big time, subsidized athletics 
on college campuses which appeared 
as a cartoon in the New Yorker a year 
or so ago. 

Two men are standing on a street 
corner a block or two from the stadium 
where the big game is in progress. 
Down the middle of the deserted street 
comes a huge fullback, ball under one 
arm, and the other extended in stiff 
arm fashion, a look of murderous de- 
termination on his face. Commenting 
on the occurence, one man says, "There 
goes Dumbrowski, magnificent drive, 
but no sense of direction!" 

years, is the Tax Credit Plan now 
under consideration by Congress. 

Simply stated, the plan would provide 
the taxpayer parent with a 30 per cent 
tax credit for tuition and fees paid 
to an institution of higher learning. 
This means that the parent, guardian, 
or friend would be credited on his 
final income tax return with $150 for 
each $500 paid for tuition and fees. 

Rising costs have hit independent 
colleges, hard pressed from shrinking 
endowment returns and the demands 
of growing enrollments, low faculty sal- 
aries, and lack of space. Some have been 
forced to raise tuition, which has never 
come near what it costs the college to 
educate the student. Others have con- 
sidered the step. 

To keep this move from becoming 
an impossible burden on many families 


to make plans to attend 


October 20, 1956 

Of interest to all of us, and partic- 
ularly to alumni whose children will be 
entering college within the next several 

who are also confronted with demands 
on their income, the Tax Credit Plan 
has been proposed. 

Several bills containing the provisions 
stated above have been introduced in 
the House and Senate, with Louisiana's 
Boggs and Michigan's Wiley leading the 

According to Waldo C. M. Johnston, 
Director for Governmental Relations of 
the American Alumni Council, two hur- 
dles have developed during recent 
months: The first is the Administration's 
unwillingness to support any tax re- 
ductions at this time. This makes it 
difficult for Republican Congressmen to 
act even though they favor the Tax 
Credit Plan. The second is the opposi- 
tion of the Treasury -which also is 
attempting to balance the budget. 

On the more favorable side, he says, 
is interest being exhibited by several 
high government officials and the energy 
and leadership being displayed by Con- 
gressman Hale Boggs, a member of the 
Ways and Means Committee. He is 

pushing hard for a hearing on his bill 
(HR 4621). He appeared before the 
American Council on Education's Com- 
mittee on Relationships in February 
to discuss the proposal and indicated 
that the Ways and Means Committee 
would hold public hearings this spring. 
He is hopeful of passage if hearings can 
be expedited and the importance of the 
legislation can be impressed upon mem- 
bers of Congress. 

Action is now pinpointed on the Ways 
and Means Committee, which will hold 
hearings soon. 

Your communications in support of 
HR 4621 and addressed to members of 
the Ways and Means Committee can 
be vital at this critical stage. 

One of the most serious problems 
facing the College these days is the 
decision regarding future enrollment. 

The American Council on Education 
finds that by 1970 there will be a 70% 
increase in college age population over 
the 1954 figure. Consider the fact that 
a prosperous America and the increas- 
ingly complex nature of our society 
both have boosted the number of fami- 
lies sending their sons and daughters 
to college. There is every reason to 
believe the same factors will be at work 
in 1970. 

Last year's record enrollment of 842 
revealed a 13% increase over the pre- 
vious year. The average increase across 
the nation was 9%. Thus far this year 
applications received have been far ahead 
of last year's total. The enrollment tidal 
wave, not expected until 1960, has 
reached Millsaps early. 

Because of faculty, space, and other 
considerations, the administration must 
limit the 1956-57 enrollment. Waiting 
lists have existed for months. The Col- 
lege has never sought numbers. It has 
sought to give the student enrolled an 
excellent education. 

It is believed by those who serve as 
trustees, administrators, and faculty 
members that Millsaps College can best 
contribute to higher education and the 
individual student if it remains a small 
college. Present policy is based upon 
this belief. 

Problems will be confronted when 
children of alumni and Mississippi Meth- 
odists seek admission in ever increasing 
numbers in the years ahead. 



How You Can Help Reduce the Teacher Shortage 

A message to college alumnae from Mrs. Alice K. Leopold, 
Assistant to the Secretary of Labor for Women's Affairs 

All of you have read and heard so 
much about the national teacher short- 
age that you feel you want to hear no 
more unless you can do something about 
it. I should like to outline briefly what 
you, as a college graduate, can do by 
participating in an action program re- 
commended by the Committee on New 
Teachers for the Nation's Classrooms. 
The program resulted from a joint con- 
ference of educators and citizens called 
by the Office of Education and the 
Women's Bureau of the Department of 
Labor a year ago. 

The idea is simple: to recruit and 
give special intensive training for teach- 
ing to college graduates, possibly in- 
cluding you, if you are personally quali- 
fied for teaching, if you live in a com- 
munity where there is a shortage or will 
be one, and if you are available for em- 

I ployment, perhaps because your own 

I children are in school. 

Yet for this program to succeed, com- 

j munity action will be needed in the 

I many localities where there is a short- 
age. Action will be required: 

I 1. On the part of the local school 
authorities, to estimate the size and 
nature of the local shortage now and 

I for the next few years and to assess 
the supply of qualified teachers that will 

be available from the usual sources — 
the young men and women graduating 
from teachers colleges and schools of 
education. We know that this supply 
will not be adequate in most commun- 
ities because our new young teachers for 
the next few years must be drawn from 
those who were born some 18 to 23 
years ago when the birthrate was very 
low. Tlie children needing teachers, on 
the other hand, have been born since 
World War II, during a period of high 
birthrate. Do you know what the out- 
look for your community is ? How many 
children will need teaching ? How many 
teachers from the usual sources will be 
available to teach them? 

2. On the part of local teacher train- 
ing institutions to work out intensive 
training programs that prepare you and 
your fellow college alumnae for the 
standard State certificate for teaching 
by completing study and supervised 
teaching requirements. Do you know if 
anything is being done along these lines 
in your community, as it is being done, 
for instance, in Detroit, San Diego and a 
number of communities in Connecticut ? 

3. On the part of college graduates 
not now working but available for work. 
Have you checked to see if teachers are 
needed locally ? To learn what teaching 

is like ? To see if you have the basic 
qualifications for making a successful 
teacher and if you can complete the 
training for teaching on a standard 
certificate ? 

4. On the part of teachers already at 
work, whose only hope to relieve the in- 
creased pressure on them is to help re- 
cruit and train other college women who 
would make successful teachers. Those 
of you who are teachers can inform 
others about your work, and offer to 
take on supervisory responsibilities in 
training new teachers in cooperation 
with local school authorities and teacher 
training institutions. 

If you want to know more about the 
idea and the program, I shall be glad 
to send you a leaflet entitled "New 
Teachers for the Nation's Children." It 
was published by the Women's Bureau 
of the Department of Labor (Washing- 
ton 25, D. C.) in cooperation with the 
Office of Education. 

Meanwhile, if you find your com- 
munity does have a suceesful program 
along these lines, let us know. We 
should like to share the information 
with other women college graduates in- 
terested in doing their share to relieve 
the teacher shortage, one of the critical 
hazards to our nation's future. 

I Teachers Attend Banquet 

Millsaps College alumni attending the 
Mississippi Education As'-ociation Con- 
vention in Jackson in March joined 
faculty members at a luncheon held in 
the Walnut Room of the Edwards Hotel. 

Featured speaker for the annual MBA 
luncheon was Dr. A. P. Hamilton, head 
of the department of anc;ent languages 
and member of the faculty since 1917. 

Dr. Hamilton spoke to alumni and 
faculty members concerning his philoso- 
phy of education. 

The luncheon is a regular feature 
of the Teachers Convention, and alum- 
ni who will be in the city for the state- 
wide meeting each year are urged to 
make plans to attend. 


The persons listed below are among those whose addresses are unknown to us. 
Despite repeated efforts to find information concerning their status, the records 
clerk has been unable to obtain any results. Will you please study the list care- 
fully and send us a post card or letter containing any lead which might enable the 
staff to determine their status. 


E. A. Anderson 


D. K. McDonald 


William Harrison Austin 
J. H. Davis 
John Frederick Fant 
Raymond Edgar Jones 


E. O. Baird 


J. G. Fitzhugh 


Thomas Montye Brown 

Robert H. Holcombe 


Troy C. Cotten 

Mrs. Ruth Kelly (Ruby Parsons) 

JUNE, 1956 


The Purpose of Millsaps College 

Millsaps College has as its primary aim the development of men and 
women for responsible leadership and well-rounded lives of useful service 
to their fellow men, their country, and their God. It seeks to function 
as a community of learners where faculty and students together seek 
the truth that frees the minds of men. 

As an institution of the Methodist Church, Millsaps College is de- 
dicated to the idea that religion is a vital part of education ; that educa- 
tion is an integral part of the Christian religion ; and that Church- 
related colleges, providing a sound academic program in a Christian 
environment, afford a kind of discipline and influence which no other 
type of institution can offer. The College provides a congenial atmosphere 
where persons of all faiths may study and work together for the devel- 
opment of their physical, intellectual, and spiritual capacities. 

As a liberal arts college, Millsaps seeks to give the student adequate 
breadth and depth of understanding of civilization and culture in order 
to broaden his perspective, to enrich his personality, and to enable him 
to think and act intelligently amid the complexities of the modern world. 
The curriculum is designed to avoid premature specialization and to in- 
tegrate the humanities, the social studies, and the natural sciences for 
their mutual enrichment. 

The College recognizes that training which will enable a person to 
support himself adequately is an essential part of a well-rounded educa- 
tion. On the other hand, it believes that one of the chief problems of 
modern society is that in too many cases training as expert technicians 
has not been accompanied by education for good citizenship. It offers, 
therefore, professional and pre-professional training balanced by cul- 
tural and humane studies. In the environment that emphasizes the cultural 
and esthetic values to be found in the study of language, literature, philo- 
sophy, and science, the student at Millsaps can also obtain the necessary 
courses to prepare him for service in such fields as teaching, journalism, 
social work, and business or for professional study in these areas as well 
as in theology, medicine, dentistry, engineering, law, and other fields. 

As an institution of higher learning, Millsaps College fosters an 
attitude of continuing intellectual awareness, of tolerance, and of unbiased 
inquiry, without which true education cannot exist. It does not seek to 
indoctrinate, but to inform and inspire. It does not shape the student in 
a common mold of thought and ideas, but rather attempts to search out 
his often deeply hidden aptitudes, capacities, and aspirations and to pro- 
vide opportunities for his maximum potential development. It seeks to 
broaden his horizons and to lift his eyes and heart toward the higher 
and nobler attributes of life. The desired result is an intelligent, voluntary 
dedication to moral principles and a growing social consciousness that 
will guide him into a rich, well-rounded Christian life, with ready accept- 
ance of responsibility to neighbor, state, and church. 

— Adopted by the Facidty and Board of Trustees 1955-56. 




Announcing — 

Two New 

Alumni Fund 

Enrollment Trend 




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This column has talked of the alum- 
nus' duty to his college. It will have 
more to say subsequently about such 
obligation. No one of 
us could adequately 
describe or even ap- 
preciate his debt to an 
institution that offer- 
ed training, stimula- 
t i o n, understanding 
and wise counsel. 

My thought this fall 
is, however, that of 
the college's duty to 
its alumni. A major 
concern of Millsaps College is what we 
owe you. 

Our obligation to you is far more 
fundamental and significant than merely 
keeping you informed about your con- 
temporaries, about campus improve- 
ments, about student activities, about 
projected plans and hopes. These are 
not unimportant concerns. Something 
else is more basic. 

Our obligation to you is to keep Mill- 
saps College the strong and respected 
educational institution you know it to 
have been. Indeed, our duty may well be 
to endeavor to make it even stronger. 
The Christian faith remains as the 
framework in which all relationships 
obtain. Standards of academic excellence 
must be upheld. Freedom of thought, 
freedom of research, freedom of opinion, 
the right to differ — these are traditions 
that must be preserved. 

Proud as Millsaps College now is of 
its alumni, the immediate future compels 
us to attempt to improve the record of 
the past. We are eager to graduate 
men and women who are well trained 
professionally. We are more eager to 
produce enlightened citizens, informed 
and intelligent churchmen, understand- 
ing parents, discerning neighbors. 

Such an ambitious program, we con- 
fidently feel, has the respect and the 
admiration of the entire constituency 
of Millsaps College. 

One of the events which made Homecoming Saturday, October 20, a truly wonderful 
experience for many alumni was the class reunions. Some of the members of 
four classes who met on the campus are pictured above. Reading from top to 
bottom, reunion groups are the classes of 1928, 1947, 1911, and 1929. Recognize 
your classmates? You should have been there I 



Even Alice turned out to help 
give returning graduates and for- 
mer students a royal welcome back 
to the campus for the annual 
Homecoming program on October 
20. The cover picture was taken 
shortly after the registration desk 
opened to record the visit of the 
largest group of alumni to return 
to the campus in the history of 
the day. 




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Alumni Support Fund 4 

Two New Dormitories 5 

Outstanding Alumnus 6 

Contributors Listed 7 

Homecoming Report 
Faculty Additions ... 
Alumnus is Bishop ... 
Industi'y Gifts 



Afternoon Classes .... Major Investors .... Dr. Sullivan is Ninety 
Board's Work Important . . . Parents Visit Campus . . . Births .... 
Sports Summary Marriages Personal Notes 

Largest Enrollment 13 

.A.lumni Day Next 13 

Rogers Gets Award 
Observatory Busy .... 



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Editor James J. Livesay 

Assistant Editor Shirley Caldwell 

Staff Assistant Peggy Vaughan 


Volume 41 

November, 1956 

Number 3 

Published by Millsaps College monthly during the College year. Entered as second 
class matter NovemlDer 21, 1917 at the Post Office in Jackson, Mississippi, under the 

Act of August 24, 1912. 

Fund Brings Excellent Response 



The Milisaps College Alumni Fund 
is well on its way to a successful first 
year after only two months of solicitation. 

On Novebiber 26 a total of $9,316.31 
had been raised in cash and pledges 
from giftsi contributed by 383 alumni 
who are charter year subscribers to the 

A minim|nn first-year goal of $10,000, 
set before jthe campaign began, will be 
reached arid passed before this issue 
of the magazine reaches you. Some 
observers predict that the final figure 
raised by deadline time of June 30, 1957, 
will double the minimum goal. 

Under the old dues system the 1955-56 
campaign was the best of three recent 
drives. Final results were $2,930.00 con- 
tributed by 619 alumni in twelve months. ' 
With only two months gone in the 
Alumni Fund's first year, results are 
more than three times as great from 
approximately half the number of con- 

Members of the class of 1898 lead all 
other classes in percentage of total 
membership contributing with 38% of 
their roster giving to the Fund thus far. 
They're followed closely by the class 
of 1915 with 32%, 1903 with 23%, 1899 
with 17%, and 1918 with 17%. 

Honor class in total raised to date is 
the class of 1935 with $1,318.50 to its 
credit. Other leaders in the "amount 
contributed" competition are the class 
of 1917 with $1,135.00; 1929 with $492.00, 
and 1937 with $370.00. 

An important factor in the results 
of the campaign is the Major Investors 
plan, which appeals for donors who will 
giye $100.00 or more to the Fund. To 
date 35 alumni have joined in contri- 
buting as Major Investors to boost the 
Fund total close to the "first plateau" 
or minimum goal. 

•A major objective of the Fund drive 
this year is to enlist the participation of 
as many alumni as possible regardless 
of the size of the gift. Results thus far 
indicate an encouraging response from 
graduates and former students Avho are 
unable to give large amounts but who 
are giving as their means permit. 

Alumni and College officials are great- 
ly encouraged by the willingness of 
approximately 300 alumni to serve as 
Class Managers during the Fund drive. 
They are responsible for contacting mem- 
bers of their class on behalf of the Fund, 
and their work has been perhaps the 
major reason response has been enthus- 
iastic and generous. 

Statistics show that through November 
26 gifts had averaged $24.33 with 
amounts contributed ranging in size 
from $1.00 to $1,000.00. 

Gifts made to the Alumni Fund will 
be used by College officials to meet 
the most pressing needs and are con- 
sidered unrestricted unless otherwise 
specified by the donor. As the Fund 
grows in size from year to year it will 
be used for such purposes as strengthen- 
ing the faculty salary structure, re- 
placing worn out equipment, maintenance 
of buildings and grounds, faculty expan- 
sion, strengthening the curriculum, and 
other general needs. 

Contributions to the Alumni Fund 
are tax deductible. The 1956-57 Fund 
campaign will continue through June, 30, 


Chairman of the first annual Alum- 
ni Fund campaign is Nat Rogers, 
'41, Jackson banker and past presi- 
dent of the Alumni Association. 

Mr. Roger's willingness to serve 
Milisaps College in this important 
position has helped assure a success- 
ful campaign in the crucial first year 
of the Fund's existence. 

Forerunner of the Alumni Fund was 
the Membership Roll Call established 
during the Association year 1953-54. 
Alumni could purchase "regular mem- 
bersips" for $3.00 and were encouraged 
to contribute to the College through a 
"sustaining membership" plan which re- 
quired a minimum gift of $12.00. 

The dues system, which was continued 
through 1955-56, brought a growing re- 
sponse, but served only as a means by 
which giving habits were established. 
In reality, funds obtained from July, 
1953, through June, 1956, fell short of 
paying for the cost of alumni services. 

After years of study and work, the 
Alumni Board of Directors, under the 
leadership of Dr. Thomas G. Ross, As- 
sociation president, last year recom- 
mended the establishment of the Alumni 
Fund. It was unanimously approved in 
an official alumni association business 
session on Alumni Day, May 10. 

In July newly-elected Alumni Associ- 
ation President Craig Castle and Dr. 
H. E. Finger, Jr., Milisaps' president, 
asked Nat Rogers, '41, to serve as 

Chairman of the Fund in its first year. 

Rogers accepted, the Finance Committee 
of the Alumni Association was named 
advisory group to the chairman, and 
the Fund Campaign was underway. 

Although a minimum goal of only 
$10,000 was set for the Fund's first 
year, officials are hoping that it will 
become a major source of annual income 
for the College. If alumni continue to 
respond as they have during- the first 
two months of active solicitation, con- 
tributions could exceed $20,000, doubling 
the unofficial objective. 

Increasing support from alumni, only 
a few years ago a desperate hope, is 
today an accomplished fact for most 
colleges and universities. Actually, Mill- 
saps is late in asking its graduates and 
former students for material assistance. 
The rising cost of operating colleges 
and universities, combined with shrinking 
returns on the endowment dollar, has 
had its impact on all institutions of 
higher learning. Milisaps has turned 
first to the Methodist church in Missis- 
sippi and then to industry for assistance. 
Both have responded, but the participa- 
tion of the latter will be measured by 
the support given the College by its 
graduates and former students. 

Among the giants in the field of 
alumni support are Harvard and Yale. 
Harvard alumni gave $1,733,488 to their 
Alma Mater during 1954. Yale alumni 
gave $1,024,680 the same year. Emory 
University received $98,585 from its 
19,192 alumni that year. 

Colleges and universities comparable 
to Milisaps in size and program received 
genei'ous support from their alumni 
in 1954. For instance, Davidson realized 
$61,263 from a potential of 8,230 alumni; 
Washington and Lee, $60,251 from 
10,309; Illinois Wesleyan, $32,196 from 
7,100; Centre, .$23,000 from 5,200; West 
Virginia Wesleyan, $22,146 from 4,540; 
Wesleyan (Georgia), $19,015 from 7,500; 
and Southwestern, $14,122 from 5,400. 
The alumni figure given was the total 
number solicited. Average response was 
16% of the total membership. 

Milisaps College has 5,203 graduates 
and former students for whom correct 
addresses are available. Upon the de- 
cision they make regarding the Alumni 
Fund appeal depends much of the success 
of all fund raising for the College in the 
foreseeable future. 


building Program Is Accelerated 

Millsaps College may have three new 
buildings ready for occupancy by the 
fall of 1957. 

Units underway or scheduled for con- 
struction include the Union Building, 
a project of the Million for Millsaps cam- 
paign, and two new dormitories. 

The building program speedup was 
launched to relieve existing crowded 
conditions and provide for a gradual 
increase in enrollment, according to of- 

In October the two conferences of 
Mississippi Methodism approved a Board 
of Trustees-recommended plan to borrow 
$700,000 from the Federal government 
to finance construction of housing for 
men and women on the campus. The con- 
ference met jointly in the Christian Cen- 
ter auditorium and gave enthusiastic 
support to the plan, which allows forty 
years for repayment of the loan at 
2 7/8% interest. The two new dormi- 
tories will enable college housing of- 
ficials to eliminate three-to-a-room sit- 
uations now existing in several of the 
older units. 

Coeds will be housed in a new 96- 
student dormitory to be located im- 

mediately hack of Sanders Hall facing 
Buie Gymnasium. The men's dormitory 
will be constructed south of Galloway 
Hall and parallel to Burton Hall. It 
will house 100 men. Construction should 
start shortly after the first of the year 
on the two units. 

With the addition of the two dormi- 
tories the College will be able to accom- 

As of November 26, $793,164.76 had 
been collected on pledges of $1,104,- 
383.77 made to the Million for Mill- 
saps Campaign. Official closing date 
for the drive was October 1, 1956 but 
many subscribers and churches will 
not complete their payment period 
until after the first of the vear. 

modate 475 students on the campus. Two 
auxiliary halls located on Adelle Street 
and Park Avenue adjoining the campus, 
now in use, house 62 students. They 
may be closed when the new units are 

Meanwhile, work on the Union Build- 
ing is ahead of schedule. If the present 
construction pace is maintained, summer 

occupancy is considered a possibility. 
The new building will be located in the 
"hollow" between Buie Gymnasium and 
Sullivan-Harrell Hall. Landscaping in 
front of the Union Building, which will 
face the library, will include raising the 
floor of the hollow by bringing in ad- 
ditional dirt. 

The entire campus community is await- 
ing the completion of the Union Building 
and the improvements to campus life 
which it will bring. Among other fea- 
tures, the new unit will have a greatly 
enlarged cafeteria and grill, student 
offices, and a lounge and recreation 
area. It will be the second campus build- 
ing to be completely air conditioned. 
The Millsaps-Wilson Library, number 
one project of the Million for Millsaps 
campaign, was the first building to 
have air conditioning. 

Work is scheduled to begin immedi- 
ately on the conversion of old Murrah 
Hall chapel into badly needed offices 
for the faculty and classrooms. The pro- 
ject will include construction of two 
floors for offices and a third, the top 
floor, for four classrooms. Both offices 
and classrooms will be air conditioned. 

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Although changes have been made in plans for the exterior of the new men's dormitory, the artist's drawing, above, gives a 
general idea of the way the southwestern area of the campus will look when construction is completed. The new dormitory, to 
the right, will house 100 men. 

Progress on the new Union Building since ground was broken this summer is graphically ^e^ealed in the above photographs. 
The sequence begins on the left. The building should be ready for occupancy at the beginning of the 1957-58 session. It is 
the second project made possible by funds obtained through the Million for Millsaps campaign. 



(Phillips Honored By College 

A newly elected official of the state 
of Mississippi has been named Millsaps 
College's Alumnus of the Year for 1956. 

He is Rubel Lex Phillips, a 1948 
graduate whose meteoric rise to state- 
wide prominence as a governmental 
leader has been matched by his stead- 
fast sense of devotion to high ideals 
and service to his fellowman. 

The award is the highest honor given 
by Millsaps College exclusively to its 

Phillips was honored in an impressive 
ceremony at the annual Homecoming 
banquet. Following tradition, the re- 
cipient of the award was known only to 
the committee responsible for the selec- 
tion until the banquet ceremony. 

Student body President Sam Jones, 
Jr., announced the award winner follow- 
ing the reading of the citation and called 
Phillips to the speakers' table as his 
fellow alumni responded with a standing 

In a brief but moving statement, 
Phillips told of his gratitude for the 
contribution Millsaps had made to his 

The Alumnus-of-the-Year program is 
an annual project in which the general 
public is invited to participate. Nomina- 
tions may be made by anyone interested 
in the award. 

A committee composed of three alum- 
ni, three faculty members, and three 
students selects the person to be hon- 
ored from nominations received. Char- 
acter and service to church, college, and 
community are considered by the com- 
mittee in the selection. 

Excerpts from Phillip's citation appear 

"He was born at Kossuth, Mississippi, 
and made his home in that area until 
official duties required him to move 
to Jackson. 

"The son of a farmer and school tea- 
cher, he sent himself to college. He 
graduated from Millsaps in 1948. Enter- 
ing law school at the University of 
Mississippi, he was elected president of 
his class and received his degree in 1951. 

"He served four years in the Navy, 
rising to the rank of lieutenant j. g. 

"He taught at Corinth High School 
following his graduation from law school 
and was elected Circuit Clerk of Alcorn 
County the next summer. 

"Very active in civic affairs, he served 
as narrator of "The Corinth Story" at 

that city's centennial celebration in 1954. 
He is a member of the American Legion 
and the Shrine Club and has served as 
chairman of the Sight Conservation 
Committee of the Lions Club and a 
member of the Board of Directors of 
the Alcorn County Red Cross. 

"Millsaps has profited greatly from 
the influence of this young man. Al- 
though he is a member of the Baptist 
Church, he served as lay chairman of the 
New Albany district in the Million for 
Millsaps drive. In addition to working 
diligently at speaking engagements in 
over twenty churches in his area, he 
made a sizeable contribution of his own. 
In 1954 he was the featured speaker at 
Millsaps' High School Day. He is a 
member of the Board of Directors of 
the Alumni Association, serving at pres- 
ent as a member of the Projects Com- 

"Remembering his own struggles for 
a college education, he has helped young 
people from his area get a start in 

"He has taught a Sunday School class 
and served as organizational assistant 
to many church clubs. 

"He was elected president of the State 

Circuit Clerk Asociation in 1954. Earlier 
he had served as vice-president and as 
a member of the Legislative Committee 
of that organization. 

"In 1956 he was elected Public Service 
Commissioner by a large majority over 
a field of several candidates, and he is 
now filling the position capably and with 

Other Alumnus-of-the-Year Award re- 
cipients include W. J. Caraway, 1955; 
Gilbert P. Cook, Sr., 1954; E. A. Khayat, 
1953; Dr. Charles Neill, 1952; and James 
J. Livesay, 1950. 

Association Growing Up 

For the first time in our memory the 
Millsaps College Alumni Association has 
its own stationery, marking another 
step forward in its interesting and en- 
couraging process of coming of age! 

Of simple design, the stationery lists 
the officers and directors of the Board 
on the left-hand side. The colors ? 
Purple and white, naturally! 

Credit for the new addition goes to 
your capable and energetic president, 
Craig Castle! 

One of the year's high points for the College and the Alumni Association is captured 
above by the camera. Millsaps' Alumnus of the Year for 1956, Rubel Phillips, '48, 
is shown with Student Body President Sam Jones, Jr., left, and Alumni Association 
President Craig Castle, right, following the presentation of the award certificate. 

First Report of Charter Year Contributors 


We list below names of graduates and former students who have given or pledged to the 1956-57 Alumni Fund. The list 
does not include gifts which were received after November 26. Those who have given and those who will give during the 
remainder of the year are charter subscribers to the new plan which was created bv alumni as a channel through which 
Millsaps graduates and former students can unite in support of their Alma Mater. They have demonstrated their loyalty 
and interest by giving of their means for the College as it endeavors to uphold the traditions of excellence in education 
and serve the needs of the present and the future. They have the gratitude of every person who is endeavoring to serve God 
and minister to man as a member of its staff. 

Mrs. G. C. Swearingen 
(Anne Buckley) 

H. S. Spragins 

Garner Green 
Wharton Green 
Joseph Hart 

Harris A. Jones 

W. J. Baker 
Morris Chambers 
T. W. Holloman 

Felix W. Grant 
H. B. Heidelberg 
Ainiee Hemingway 
O. S. Lewis 

F. D. Mellen 


S. C. Hart 

B. Z. Welch 


Mrs. O. S. Lewis 

(Evelyn Stevens Cook) 
J. L. Neill 


C. L. Neill 
Mrs. C. L. Neill 

(Susie Ridgway) 


G. P. Cook 

Mrs. B. W. Stiles 
(Bessie Huddleston) 

J. A. Alford 
Joseph H. Brooks, Jr. 
James F. Noble 


Henry Frizell 
Charles R. Rew 
Frank S. Williams 


Mrs. Forrest G. Cooper 

(Marguerite Park) 
Eckford L. Summers 


William H. Thomas 


Logan Scarborough 
J. D. Wroten 

J. B. Cain 
T. M. Cooper 
Mrs. J. D. Wroten 
(Birdie Gray Steen) 


Sallie W. Baley 
C. C. Clark 
Robert T. Henry 
E. L. Hillman 
Ramsey W. Roberts 
William E. Toles 

Annie W. Lester 
William M. O'Donnell 


Sam E. Ashmore 

Mrs. A. M. Kirkpatrick 

(Leota Taylor) 
R. G. Moore 

D. M. White 


Selwyn Boatner 
C. H. Everett 
J. B. Feibelman 
W. B. Gates 
J. S. Shipman 
Aimce Wilcox 


B. L. Kearney 

A. Peale Harmon 

C. G. Howorth 


E. B. Boatner 
Mrs. L. J. Page 

(Thelma Home) 


J. B. Abney 

W. E. Addkinson 

D. F. McNeil 

Jeptha S. Barbour 
Mrs. E. B. Boatner 

(Maxine Tull) 
W. G. Cook 
Hermes H. Knoblock 
Ary Lotterhos 
O. B. Triplett 


William W. Lester 

T. H. Naylor 

Mrs. Cynthia Shamel 

(Cynthia Thompson) 
Mrs. V. K. Smith 

(Rosalie Lowe) 
Walter Spiva 
Mrs. Walter Spiva 

(Mary Davenport) 
Bethany Swearingen 
Alberta C. Taylor 

J. E. Ba.xter 

F. W. Vaughan 
H. W. F. Vaughan 


R. R. Branton 
Joe W. Coker 
Arden O. French 
Helen Lotterhos 
Amanda Lowther 
Ruth Tucker 

R. E. Blount 
W. T. Hankins 
Roy A. Grisham 
Mrs. T. H. Naylor 
(Martha Watkins) 
Paul Propst 
Solon F. Riley 
Roy Wolfe 


Mrs. E. E. Blount 
(Alice Ridgway) 

Ruth Alford 

Mrs. R. R. Branton 
(Doris Alford) 

Elizabeth Ford 

Bessie Will Gilliland 

Mrs. Roy A Grisham 
(Irene York) 

Heber Ladner 

Sexton McManus 
Mrs. J. H. Maw 
(Gladys Jones) 
T. K. Scott 
A. K. Stackhouse 

Wiliam D. Carmichael 
Mrs. Harry Cavalier 

(Helen Grace Welch) 
D. P. Coughlin. Jr. 
Mildred Home 
Mary M. Murray 
Mrs. Ralph T. Phillips 

(Mildred Williams) 
George B. Pickett 
Ira A. Travis 


M. H. Twitchell 


Mrs. J. A. Cameron 
(Rurnell Gillaspy) 
Edward Khavat 
Mrs. H. E. Watson 
(Ruth Mann) 

Norman U. Boone 
Mrs. R. P. Henderson 

(Adomae Partin) 
Mrs. H. B. Ravelin 

(Martha Hamilton) 
Mrs. Wylie Kees 

(Mary Sue Burnhaml 
Floyd O. Lewis 
J. A. Lindsey 
Gycelle Tynes 


D. C. Brumfield 
Joe Guess 
Garland Holloman 
Mrs. Marks W. Jenkins 

(Daree Winstead) 
J. T. Kimball 
Basil E. Moore 
James A. Peet 

Buren T. Akers 
T. A. Baines 
Charles E. Brown 
W. J. Caraway 
Mrs. Joe Guess 

(India Svkes) 
Paul D. Hardin 
J. B. Honeycutt 
Warren C. Jones 
Mrs. Charles Kemmcr 

(Mary Norton) 
Paul Ramsey 
C. R. Ridgway 
Mrs. Joe Stroud 

(Mary Humes) 


Dorothy C. Boyles 
Mrs. Charles E. Brown 

(Mary Rebecca Taylor) 
H. Wyatt Clowe 
Mrs. H. C. Dodge 

(Frances Hinds) 
Caxton Doggett 
Joseph C. Pickett 
Thomas G. Ross 
George R. Stevenson 
Mrs. Gycelle Tynes 

(Dorothy Cowen) 

Mendell Davis 
Fred Ezelle 
James S. Ferguson 
H. E. Finger, Jr. 
Robert M. Mayo 
G. E. Patton 
Wealtha Suydara 

A. T. Tatum 

Mrs. Leora Thompson 

(Leora Cordelia White) 
Mrs. W. W. Turnbull 

(Elizabeth Cunningham) 
Mrs. G. C. Turner 

(Mar.garet Bryan) 

G. C. Clark 
Leonard Clark 
Mrs. G. W. Curtis 

(Sara Elizabeth Gordon) 
Mrs. H. S. McGehee 

(Marguerite Coltharp) 
Mrs. E. S. Powell 

(Hazel Hollingsworth) 
Mrs. J. Earl Rhea 

(Mildred Clegg) 
W. B. Ridgway 
Vic Roby 
Mrs. L. H. Ross, Jr. 

(Maude Lyle Golden) 
Carroll Varner 
Mrs. S. M. Vauclain 

(Edwina Flowers) 
Mrs. J. R. Wilson 

(Ava Sanders) 

Wirt Adams Beard 
William H. Bizzell 
Blanton Doggett 
Donald O'Conner 
Mrs. Dudley Stewart 
(Jane West) 

A. T. Tucker 

Mrs. Ralph Bartsch 

(Martha Conner) 
Mrs. J. P. Field 

(Elizabeth Durley) 
Annie Mae Gunn 
J. Manning Hudson 
Mrs. H. P. Pate 

(Glenn Phifer) 
Mrs. T. M. Smylie, Jr. 

(Patricia O'Brien) 
Mrs. A. G. Snelgrove 

(Frances Ogden) 
J. W. Thompson 
James R. Wilson 
Jennie Youngblood 


Joseph H. Brooks 
Elizabeth Cavin 
Rov C. Clark 
J. P. Field, Jr. 
Samuel B. Galloway 
Martha Gerald 
T. G. Hamby 
Mrs. T. G. Hamby 

(Rosa Eudy) 
T. K. Holyfield 
James J. Livesay 
Joel D. McDavid 
C. M. Murry 
Eugene Peacock 
Thomas L. Robertson 
N. S. Rogers 
Paul T. Scott 
James B. Sumrall 


Mrs. James W. Alexander 
(Corinne Ball) 

B. C. Blount 
Mrs. B. E. Burris 

(Eva T>-nes) 
Clements B. Crook 
Edwin C. Daniels 
Mrs. Fred Ezelle 

(Katherinc Grimes) 
Baldwin Lloyd 
Mrs. Baldwin Lloyd 

(Ann Rae Wolfe) 

Raymond Martin 
Mrs. Robert Revere 

(Annie Laurie Galloway) 
Mrs. N. S. Rogers 

(Helen Ricks) 
William D. Ross 
Mrs. William D. Ross 

(Nell Triplett) 


Mrs. S. K. Baldwin 

(Kathleen Garner Stanley) 
Mrs. James J. Livesay 

(Mary Lee Busby) 
Robert D. Pearson 
Mrs. Robert D. Pearson 

(Sylvia Roberts) 
Charles L. Scott 


Garland C. Dean, Jr. 

J. T. Kimball 

Waudine Nelson 

Mrs. David D. Richardson 

(Alma Carl) 
Warren I. Smith 
Zach Taylor, Jr. 
Noel C. Womack 
Mrs. Noel C. Womack 

(Flora Mae Arant) 


Mrs. W. W. Barnard 

(Frances Herring) 
Harry D. Helman 
Mrs. Harry D. Helman 

(Louise Blumer) 
Nina H. Reeves 
Gordon Shoemaker 
Mrs. Zach Taylor 

(Dot Jones) 


Sam Barefield 
Mrs. Sam Barefield 

(Mary Nell Sells) 
Mrs. George Curtis 

(Lois Ann Fritz) 
Frances A. Galloway 
Mrs. Robert Nay 

(Mary Ethel Mize) 
Mrs. C. E. Salter 

(Marjorie Burdsal) 
William E. Shanks 


Carolyn Bufkin 
J. A. Cameron 
Sarah Frances Clark 
Victor S. Coleman 
Wallace L. Cook 
Mrs. Roger Elgert 

(Laura Mae Godbold) 
R. T. Hollingsworth 
Mrs. W. H. Izard 

(Betty Klumb) 
Daisy Lester 
Lonnie B. Lewis 
Mrs. R. S. Lindsey 

(Catherine Herring) 
M. L. McCormick, Jr. 
Mrs. Allyn Munger 

(Ann Marie Hobbs) 
Rex M. Murff 
James D. Powell 
Katherine Riddell 
Mrs W. G. Riley 

(Elizabeth Welch) 
Mrs. Lowry Rush 

(Betty Joyce McLemore) 
Mrs. William Shanks 

(Alice Josephine Crisler) 
R. M. Yarbrough 
H. H. Youngblood 

(Continued on Page 23) 


Page Seven 

Hundreds Return For Biggest Homecoming 
Letters From Alumni Reveal Enthusiasm 

It would be difficult indeed to find 
the words to adequately describe Home- 

Superlatives would be necesary if we 
were to do justice to the weekend, but 
superlatives are sometimes overdone. 

It all began Friday morning, October 
19, when alumni who arrived early for 
an informal visit before festivities got 
underway ran head-on into Freshman 
Day. From then on it was a series of 
succesful events which resulted in what 
conservative observers say was "the 
biggest and best" in history. 

While the student body wound up 
Freshman Day by crowning its freshman 
king and queen in the Christian Center 
auditorium, members of the Early Days 
Club were holding their annual banquet 
in the college cafeteria. 

Club membership is made up of alumni 
who attended 50 years ago or more. 
The banquet and its program was in- 
formal, and it was a wonderful evening 
for everyone who attended. 

Percy Clifton and Garner Green, of 
the class of 1898, won honors for being 
members of the earliest class repre- 
sented. Harris Jones, '99, of Elkins, West 
Virginia, traveled the greatest distance 
to attend. 

Saturday, October 20, dawned cloudy, 
with intermittent light showers, and the 
atmosphere was charged with excite- 

The registration desk hndn't been in 
operation thii'ty minutes before it be- 
came evident that this Homecoming 
would top them all in enthusiasm and 
in attendance. The classes of 1909, 1910, 
1911, 1912, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1947, 
1948, 1949, and 1950 joined the Early 
Days group in filling the corridors and 
lounges of the Christian Center Building, 
waiting for their reunions to begin. Soon 
many others came, and the happy sounds 

of Homecoming reverberated down the 
halls and spilled out on the campus. 

In rapid order the parade formed and 
departed for the Capitol Street show 
with Mississippi College, the reunion 
classes met, and lunch and a gigantic 
alumni-student pep rally was held in the 
cafeteria. By this time hundreds of 
alumni had joined excited students on 
the campus. It was indeed a day for 

The sun broke through the clouds 
over Memorial Stadium Saturday after- 

Some alumni prolonged their Home- 
coming as long as possible. For 
instance, members of the football 
teams of the late 20's, who played 
under E. W. "Goat" Hale's tutelage, 
met for a late evening dinner at 
LeFIeur's Restaurant Saturday night. 
The genial host for the repeat per- 
formance of the Homecoming banquet 
was Howard Selman, 1930, who came 
all the way from Orange, California, 
to take part in Homecoming activi- 
ties. We understand the boys are 
getting together again next year at 

noon, and the Majors battled the Choc- 
taws to a to tie which was filled with 
thrills and suspense down the final sec- 
onds of play. 

After the game it was back to the 
campus for a tour of the library, a 
period of relaxing and remembering, 
and then the Homecoming banquet. Pres- 
ident Craig Castle presided in excellent 
fashion and Dr. Finger spoke briefly 
and sincerely to a devoted group of 
alumni who filled Galloway Cafeteria 
to capacity. 

High point of the evening was the 
announcement and presentation of the 

Alumnus-of-the-Year Award for 1956. 
Rubel Phillips became the sixth alumnus 
to be honored within recent years and 
alumni present received the news with 

At 7 p. m. the banquet was over and 
so was another memorable visit back to 
the Millsaps campus for hundreds of 
loyal alumni. 

Many who came have written us 
concerning the day. They speak far 
more effectively than we have. We 
quote from a few of the many letters 

"It was a great pleasure for me and 
my wife and daughter to be present at 
that fine meeting" 

"I have been attending alumni meet- 
ings for more than 50 years and the 
last one was by far the best ever! How 
did you get all those people from over 
the United States to lay down work and 
come to Millsaps " 

"I want to congratulate you on the 
success of Homecoming " 

"Let me thank you and your staff, 
as well as others connected with Home- 
coming and the class reunion, for all 
that was done to make it a most enjoy- 
able occasion " 

"It was indeed a wonderful time for 
me. Believe me, I shall make every 
effort to be at the reunion next year . . ." 

"I take this opportunity of thanking 
you and the many others who made the 
recent Homecoming such a success. It 
was a pleasure not only to renew old 
friendships, but to be revived by a bit 
of the true Millsaps spirit " 

"I don't recall ever having enjoyed a 
day as much as I did the Homecoming 
events this year at Millsaps " 

Maybe you are one of those who 
haven't been back lately. Don't let an- 
other opportunity pass by. The next one 
is Alumni Day, May 11, 1957. 

Afternoon Classes Added 

students who returned to Millsaps 
in September had to watch their sched- 
ules closely for a few days to make 
certain they were in the right places at 
the right times. 

Afternoon classes are being held for 
the first time in the memories of even 
the "old timers" on the staff. 

Under the old system students met 
some classes for three one-hour sessions 
per week and others two eighty-minute 
sessions. The new plan does away with 
the eighty-minute periods. 

Registrar Paul Hardin said that the 
change was made because officials felt 
students were not getting the full ad- 
vantage of their time in the eighty-min- 
ute sessions. 

Magee's Work Goes On 

The family of Dr. H. F. Magee, '08, 
has presented the University of Mis- 
sissippi Medical Center with fifty milli- 
grams of radium, used by the Jackson 
physician in his practice prior to his 
death in October of 1955. 

Dr. Magee, who served as College doc- 
tor for twenty-nine years and as the 
(Continued on Page 17) 

Page Eight 



More alumni from greater distances, more alumni who hadn't been back since graduation, and, to get to the point, more 
alumni than ever before made the trip back to the campus for Homecoming weekend, October 19 and 20. A few of the many 
memorable scenes are pictured above. Two of the floats from the gigantic parade are seen in pictures 1 and 2. Meal time 
at the Early Days Club Banquet and an old fashioned Millsaps "tale-swapping" session appear in numbers 3 and 4. Picture 
number 5 shows the football team of the late ■20s just before they began their late Homecoming night banquet at LeFleurs 
Restaurant. The Board is seen hard at work in number 6. Beauty at its best is captured by the camerman as he photo- 
graphs the Homecoming maids in number 7. A reunion scene, 8, and registration, 9, complete the pictorial report. 


Page Nine 

Faculty Changes Show Gradual Growth 

Eight full-time faculty members and 
four part-time instructors were added 
to the Millsaps College staff at the 
beginning of the 1956-57 session. 

Five of the new teachers were em- 
ployed to furnish instruction for the 
increased enrollment. Other changes 
include replacements for faculty mem- 
bers who have retired, resigned, or are 
on leave. 

New full-time faculty members are 
James P. Barker, instructor in the de- 
partment of economics, replacing John 
Zumbro, now on leave; Miss Miriam 
Gerlach, instructor in the department of 
ancient languages; Dr. Russell W. 
Levanway, associate professor and chair- 
man of the department of psychology, 
replacing Dr. William B. Knowles, who 
resigned; Grady McWhiney, assistant 
professor, department of history, re- 
placing Dr. G. G. Williamson, who re- 
signed; Miss Shirley Parker, instructor 
In the department of English; Dr. James 
Koy Prince, professor and chairman of 
the department of romance languages, 
replacing Dr. A. G. Sanders, who retired 
at the close of the 1955-56 session; 
Robert P. Ward, assistant professor and 
acting chairman of the department of 
biology, replacing Dr. William Brett, 
who resigned; and Charles J. Watson, 
assistant professor, department of music. 

Part-time instructors are Mrs. Leland 
Byler, who will teach music education; 
Mrs. John Sigmund, instructor in organ; 
Prentiss Cox, journalism instructor; and 
E. E. Davidson, University-Millsaps Cen- 
ter director, who will teach accounting. 

Returning after a leave of absence of 
two years is George Maddox, professor 
and chairman of the department of socio- 
logy. He did advanced study at 
Michigan State University and will re- 
ceive his doctorate from that institution 
in December. Harry Dillingham, who 
replaced Maddox during his leave of 
absence, completed his term of service 
in June. 

Mr. Barker received his BA degree 
from Texas Christian University and has 
done graduate work at the University 
of Texas, University of Kansas, and 
New School for Social Research of 
New York. 

A graduate of the University of Illi- 
nois, Miss Gerlach also received her MA 
from that school. She has had wide 
teaching experience and has served as 
dean of women of several institutions. 

Dr. Levanway is a magna cum laude 
graduate of the University of Miami. 
(Continued on Page 15) 





Alumnus Edits Book 

Another name has been added to 
Millsaps' ever-growing list of authors. 
The latest addition is the Reverend 
Hatha Doyle McGee, '49, whose book, 
Symbols — Signposts of Devotion, was 
released recently. 

The purpose of the book is to serve 
as a devotional aid and as a means 
of reminding' the worshiper of the his- 
torical backgrounds of the Christian 
faith and its doctrines. 

October 23, 1956 

Mr. Sam Jones, Jr., President 
Millsaps College Student Executive 

Millsaps College 
Jackson, Mississippi 

Dear Sam: 

Now that Homecoming is history 
and we've all had a chance to take 
a long look at the weekend and its 
events, I can say without reservation 
that the contribution of the student 
body to the day's success was mag- 

Alumni who returned for Home- 
coming were greatly impressed by 
the marvelous spirit on the campus. 
The pep rally and the support given 
the team at the game was wonderful. 

Floats and campus decorations rep- 
resented hours of hai'd work and 
were symbolic of the loyalty of the 
students. All of us were amazed at 
their professional appearance. 

We were grateful, too, for the warm 
welcome given us by your hospitality 
committee and by individual students 
who, busy as they were, had time to 
give us cordial greetings. 

We salute the team and the coach- 
es for an inspiring battle and for 
helping prove, once again, that ath- 
letes who put education first can 
give the public and their supporters 
thrilling football. 

To the band and cheerleaders we 
say congratulations for a grand job 
and a beautiful show. 

Our congratulations, too, to Miss 
Sanford and her maids for the well- 
deserved honors they received. 

May I express to you our sincere 
thanks for the leadership you gave in 
the Homecoming project. With such 
spirit and cordiality awaiting us we 
shall return again soon to the College 
we love so well. 

Cordially yours, 
Craig Castle, President 
Millsaps College Alumni 


Published by the Upper Room Press, 
a copy of the book has been presented to 
the Millsaps-Wilson Library. 

The Reverend McGee is currently serv- 
ing- as Wesley Foundation director at 
the University of Chattanooga. 

Page Ten 


cMiUsaps ^allege cAlumnus Sleeted bishop 

Honor has come to Millsaps College 
through one of its most distinguished 

Dr. Nolan B. Harmon, a 1914 graduate, 
has become the first alumnus to be 
elected to the College of Bishops of 
the Methodist Church. 

Dr. Harmon was elected a bishop of 
the Church's Southeastern jurisdiction 
during the summer and has been assigned 
as a resident bishop of the Charlotte, 
North Carolina, area. 

In an election held during the Juris- 
dictional Conference of the Methodist 
Church, Dr. Harmon polled 317 out of 
378 votes cast by delegates who were 
charged with the responsibility of nam- 
ing two new bishops. In 1952 Dr. Har- 
mon narrowly missed being elected bish- 
op by Southeastern Jurisdictional Con- 
ference delegates. He placed second in 
balloting during that meeting. 

Former book editor of the Methodist 
Church, Bishop Harmon received his BA 
degree from Millsaps College. He holds 
other educational degrees from Prince- 
ton University, IMount Union College, 
American University, Western Maryland 
College, and Hamline University. 

He is the author of many books, among 
them "The Organization of the Methodist 
Church," "The Rites and Rituals of 
E p is c o p a 1 Methodism," "Ministerial 
Ethics and Etiquette," "Understanding 
the Methodist Church," and "The Famous 
Case of Myrna Clark Gaines." 



Millsaps College alumni who 

have given or pledged .'JlOO or above 

to the 195G-.57 Alumni Fund are considered members of the Major Investors 

Club. They are listed below. Gifts made after November 2G are not listed. 

Rev. & Mrs. R. R. Branton, '27, '29 

R. G. Moore, '17 

(Doris Alford) 

Mr. & Mrs. C. L. Neill, '07 

W. J. Caraway, '35 

(Susie Ridgway) 

Gilbert Cook, Sr., '08 

George E. Patton, '37 

Teter Costas, '52 

George B. Pickett. '30 

Eugene Countiss, '30 

Paul Propst, '28 

Mr. & Mrs. Fred Ezelle, '37, '42 

Mrs. J. Earl Rhea, '38 

(Katherine Grimes) 

(Mildred Clegg) 

H. E. Finger, Jr., '37 

Charles Robert Ridgway, '35 

Mrs. Evon Ford, '29 

Solon F. Riley, '28 

(Elizabeth Heidelberg) 

A. L. Rogers, '07 

Wharton Green, '98 

Mr. & Mrs. N. S. Rogers, '41, '42 

Thomas W. Holloman, '01 

(Helen Ricks) 

Harris A. Jones, '99 

Thomas G. Ross, '3G 

Austin Joyner, '22 

Mr. & Mrs. Walter Spiva, '25 

Mrs. Wylie Kees, '33 

(Mary Davenport) 

(Mary Sue Burnham) 

0. B. Triplett, '24 

Mr. & Mrs. J. T. Kimball, '34, '44 

D. M. White, '17 

(Louise Day) 

Dr. & Mrs. Noel Womack, '44 

Sexton McManus, '29 

(Flora Mae Arant) 

One of the many advantages of a small college is the close relationship which exists 
between students and faculty members and administrative officials. Here Dr. H. E. 
Finger, Jr., president, chats with four students at his home during one of a series 
of "coke parties" which enabled every new student to meet and talk with him 
during their first week at school. Students appearing in the picture, from the 
left, are Dumont Freeman, Fayette; Susan Medley, Gulfport; Marilyn Bates, 
Jackson; and Robert Read, Paulding. 


Page Eleven 

College Is Recipient 
Of Industry's Gift 

A $1500 grant has been awarded to 
Millsaps by The Texas Company in rec- 
ognition of the contribution made by 
the College to the maintenance of the 
highest standards in education. 

The Texas Company joins an increas- 
ingly large number of firms recog- 
nizing the need of privately supported 
colleges and universities for additional 
financial assistance. Other organizations 
making gifts to Millsaps recently are the 

At press time advance notice was 
received by Dr. H. E. Finger, Jr., 
that Millsaps College had been select- 
ed by the Esse Education Foundation 
as one of a number of privately sup- 
ported colleges to be awarded a grant 
of $2,000. 

The gift may be used as the admin- 
istration decides. No further details 
are available at this writing. 

Colgate-Palmolive Company; Esso Edu- 
cation Foundation; U. S. Steel; and Ford 

In a letter to Dr. Finger announcing 
the award, James H. Pipkin, vice-presi- 
dent of The Texas Company, said, "Your 
institution has a splendid record of 
service to the young people of the 
country. We are hopeful that this 
award will be only one among an in- 
creasing number of tangible tributes 
by business and industry to the value 
of that service. Nothing is more basic 
to the nation's continued well-being than 
the preservation of a sound system of 
higher education." 

The grant is unrestricted and will be 
used where it is most needed. 

Annual Awards Made 
At Football Banquet 

James Hood, of Lambert, and Fred 
Belk, of Holly Springs, were honored as 
outstanding players at the annual foot- 
ball banquet held in Galloway cafeteria 
in November. 

Master of ceremonies during the even- 
ing was Craig Castle, Jackson attorney 
and versatile president of the Alumni 

Hood, team captain and rugged center, 
received the Harvey Newell Award, which 
is presented annually to the team mem- 
ber judged the most outstanding on and 
off the playing field. He is a junior 
(Continued on Page 23) 

Memories of the past and hopes for the future meet in this photograph taken during 
the annual post-season football banquet held November 6 in the College cafeteria. 
Pictured are the men who have directed the destinies of Millsaps athletic teams for 
more than a quarter of a century. Coaches Marvin G. "Erm" Smith, extreme left, and 
C. M. "Sammy" Bartling, extreme right, were hosts during the evening. Their guests 
of honor were left to right, E. W. "Goat" Hale, Doby Bartling, and Tranny Lee 
(■addy. Former Coaches Ormond Van Hook and Hook Stone missed the banquet. 

Ninetieth Year 

Dr. /. M, Sullivan 
Honored At Party 

Dr. J. M. Sullivan, emeritus profesor 
of chemistry and geology, celebrated 
his 90th birthday on August 16. He was 
honored during the evening by faculty 
and friends at a dinner party in Gallo- 
way Hall. 

A feature of the birthday party was 
the presentation of a Bible and a packet 
of congratulatory letters postmarked 
from the corners of the nation. 

Dr. J. B. Price, who succeeded Dr. 
Sullivan as head of the chemistry depart- 
ment, and President Finger were in 
charge of the function. Dr. J. P. Staf- 
ford, who became Mississippi Conference 
Lay Leader following Dr. Sullivan's 
long period of service in that position, 
and Dr. Price were the speakers for the 

Dr. Sullivan joined the Millsaps faculty 
in 1902 and retired in 1947 after sixty 
years of teaching. 

A former student of Centenary College 
in Shreveport, Louisiana, he completed 
his undergraduate work and received a 
master's degree at the University of 
Mississippi and Vanderbilt University. 
His doctorate was awarded by Vander- 

Dr. Sullivan holds membership in 
numerous professional organizations and 

He has spent his 90 years in devoted 
service to his fellow man. 


When Dr. J. M. Sullivan celebrated his 
ninetieth birthday last summer it was a 
memorable occasion for many people. 
Here, Dr. Sullivan is joined by his child- 
ren as he leaves for the banquet given 
in his honor in the College cafeteria. 
Appearing in the picture, left to right, 
are Mrs. L. C. Corban, Ocean Springs; 
Mrs. N. N. Thompson, Memphis; Dr. 
Sullivan; and C. C. Sullivan, Hattiesburg. 

Page Twelve 


Enrollment Limited 
Largest In History 

Enrollment for the 1956-57 session is 
the largest in the history of the College, 
according to the statistics released by 
Registrar Paul Hardin. 

The final registration figure for the 
fall semester is 891. Last year's first se- 
mester total was 841. The increase of 50 
is larger than it might seem, especially 
since officials had to limit enrollment 
because of space restrictions and College 

Continuing a custom established in the 
early days of the College, the 1956-57 
student body has more men than women. 
Males outnumber coeds 502 to 389. 

Seventy-six of Mississippi's 82 coun- 
ties are represented, with Hinds leading 
with 317 students. The next ten counties 
in order are Lauderdale, Leflore, Jones, 
Madison, Pike, Warren, Adams, Lee, 
Rankin, and Copiah. 

Students came from sixteen states 
and four foreign countries. Tennessee 
leads the out-of-state list. 

Church membership statistics showed 
that fifteen denominations are repre- 
sented. Methodists lead with 511, Bap- 
tists place second with 195, Presbyterians 
number 88, Episcopalians, 38, Roman 
Catholics, 19, and Christians, 12. Other 
denominational affiliations listed were 
Greek Orthodox, Church of God, Church 
of Christ, Assembly of God, Salvation 
Army, Nazarene, Christian Scientist, 
Congregational, and Latter Day Saints. 
Only 8 students said they had no church 
affiliation or preference. 

Alumni Day Program 
Planned For May 11 

There are two special days each year 
set aside by the College and the Alumni 
Association to welcome graduates and 
former students back to the campus. 
They are Homecoming in the fall and 
Alumni Day-Founders Day in the spring. 
From year to year the group of Millsaps 
men and women attending these two 
events has grown in numbers and en- 

This year Saturday, May 11, has been 
designated as Alumni Day, and this 
news item may be considered the first 
official notice of the increasingly popular 

One of the outstanding features of 
Alumni Day will be the continuing edu- 
cation program which utilizes seminars 
conducted for alumni by well-known 
(Continued on Page 23) 

Rogers Is Honored 
By Jackson Citizens 

Add one more Millsaps College alum- 
nus to the long list who have been 
honored as outstanding young men in 
the city of Jackson. 

Nat Rogers, capable young banker and 
civic and church leader, was selected 
as Jackson's Man of the Year for 1955 
by a committee of distinguished civic 
and church leaders. 

A past president of the Millsaps Col- 
lege Alumni Association, Rogers is con- 
tinuing his outstanding and unselfish 
service to the College by heading the 
newly inaugurated Alumni Fund Cam- 
paign. He serves the community through 
his position as treasurer of the Chamber 
of Commerce, past president of the 
Jackson Civitan Club and key positions 
on charitable fund raising drives. 

Rogers, a 1941 graduate, is married to 
the former Helen Ricks, '42. 

Other Millsaps alumni chosen Jack- 
son's outstanding young man include 
Bryant Ridgway, 1949; James J. Live- 
say, 1950; H. E. Finger, Jr., 1952; W. O. 
Carter, 1953; and Phil Irby, Jr., 1954. 
The 1951 winner was Dumas Milner, hus- 
band of Myrtle Ruth Howard Milner, '41. 

Winners of the state's Outstanding 
Young Man award in recent years who 
are Millsaps alumni include Dr. James 
N. McLean, Dr. H. E. Finger, Jr. and 
Van Richardson. 

The Board Worked 
Behind The Scenes 

While their fellow alumni watched 
the Millsaps-Mississippi College parade 
downtown or gathered in reunion groups, 
members of the Association's Board of 
Directors met in official session in the 
Millsaps Room of the library during the 
Homecoming Day celebration. 

The Board meeting followed committee 
work sessions, where detailed matters of 
the Association were prepared for final 

With Alumni Association President 
Craig Castle presiding, the Board took 
action on the Alumni Fund, Alumni Day, 
the status of Millsaps Clubs, membership 
campaign and several other projects 
designed to strengthen the Association 
and the College. 

Constitutional changes calling for the 
simplification of requirements for mem- 
bership in the Association and the length- 
ening of terms of board members from 
two to three years were discussed and 
approved. They were officially adopted 
by the Association at the banquet that 

After two hours of work Board mem- 
bers moved to the private dining room 
of the cafeteria, where they enjoyed a 
luncheon and joined other alumni and 
students in the big pre-game pep rally. 

Thirty-three board members attended 
the October 20 meeting, the second since 
September. Included in the group were 
past presidents Zach Taylor, Jr., and Dr. 
Tommy Ross, Jackson. 

Devoted service by officers and 
directors of the 1956-57 Board of Direct- 
ors is a major factor in the great pro- 
gress made by Millsaps College within 
recent months. 

Cast of "The Ponder Heart" 
Was Almost All Millsaps 

The Jackson Little Theater's presen- 
tation of "The Ponder Heart" this fall 
could almost have been termed a Mill- 
saps College production. 

Twenty-one of the persons directly 
connected with the play, including stage 
hands, were Millsaps faculty members, 
alumni, or students. 

Written by Jackson's Eudora Welty, 
"The Ponder Heart," which had a suc- 
cessful run on Broadway with such stars 
as David Wayne and Una Merkel, was 
presented October 17-27. 

Dr. E. S. Wallace, head of Blillsaps' 
economics and business administration 
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Page Thirteen 

Barents Introduced To Life At Millsaps 

For the second consecutive year par- 
ents of Millsaps College students com- 
bined business and pleasure to visit 
the campus and meet the men and vs^omen 
who are having such an important part 
in molding the lives of their sons and 

More than 400 persons responded to 
the president's invitation to spend Sat- 
urday, October 13, on the campus as 
guests of the College. 

Featured event of the Parents Day 
program vi^as a convocation in the Chris- 
tian Center auditorium Saturday morn- 
ing. Dean James S. Ferguson delivered 
the main address of the day and Presi- 
dent Finger and Student Body Presi- 
dent Sam Jones, Jr., spoke to the assem- 

Other activities included campus open 
house, a luncheon in the College cafe- 
teria, and the Millsaps-Howard football 
game in Memorial Stadium. 

Following the game the guests were 
entertained at the houses of the various 
social organizations. 

Students served as escorts for their 
families during the day. 

Purpose of the annual Parents Day 
program is to acquaint parents with 
the objectives and educational philoso- 
phy of Millsaps College, and to give 
them an opportunity to become acquaint- 
ed with faculty members and observe 
conditions under which their children 



Lambuth — November 30 Away 

Southwestern — December 1 —Away 

Open — December 4 , 

Henderson — December 6 Away 

Ouachita — December 7 ._ _ ....Here 

Conway — December 8 Away 

William Carey — December 12 ....Here 

Ouachita — December 14 Here 

Henderson — December 15 Here 

Conway — January 8 Here 

Open — January 11 

Southwestern — January 14 Here 

Open — January 17 

Howard — January 31 Away 

Bghm. Southern — February l...-Away 

Sewanee — February 5 Here 

Sewanee — February 6 Here 

William Carey — February 8 Away 

Open — February 12 

Howard — February 14 Here 

Lambuth — February 15 Here 


First to arrive for the weekend was 
Sexton McManus, '29, of Welasco, Texas, 
who, as center for the Majors, missed 
only 2 minutes of 33 consecutive games. 

The alumnus traveling the greatest 
distance to attend was Howard Selman, 
'30, of Orange, California. 

Beautiful weather prevailed when molhers, fathers, and other relatives of Millsaps 
College students visited the campus on October 1.5 for Parents Day. Here late 
arrivals wait their turn (o register their attendance. 

Alumnus Is Selected 
For National A ward 

Look magazine paid tribute to Mill- 
saps College alumnus Leon Wheeless, 
'29, in its July 10th issue, for his con- 
tribution to Federal service. 

"Look Applauds," a weekly feature 
of the magazine, listed as deserving 
high commendation the ten recipients 
of the National Civil Service League 
award. NCSL, this year celebrating its 
75th anniversary, is an organization 
formed to fight government inefficiency. 

Mr. Wheeless, along with the other 
nine recipients of the honor, was pre- 
sented the award at a dinner in Wash- 
ington, D. C, in July. 

A director of personnel in the defense 
department, he devised the first plan 
under which civil service employees may 
be reassigned to and from overseas 
positions while remaining in competitive 
service. In a letter of commendation to 
Mr. Wheeless, Secretary of Defense 
Wilson wrote, "The extension of the 
competitive civil service to Department 
of Defense employees overseas is a 
significant contribution to good manage- 
ment ... I am fully aware of the many 
months of effort which must go into 
such a project of this type and congrat- 
(Continued on Page 17) 

Oldest alumnus present was H. A. 
Gatlin, who was the first man to sign 
the register when the College opened 
in 1892. Mr. Gatlin lives in Jackson. 

Among the states represented by 
Homecoming visitors were Alabama, Cal- 
ifornia, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, 
Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North 
Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vir- 
ginia, and West Virginia. 

One of the most delightful events of 
the weekend was the crowning of the 
Homecoming Queen during halftime cere- 
monies. Peggy Jo Sanford, Jackson, 
lovely brunette senior, was announced 
as the choice for the 1956 queen and was 
crowned by Dr. Finger as her court 
and thousands of fans looked on. The 
Millsaps band, performing with pro- 
fessional poise, added enjoyment to the 
halftime show. 

Page Fourteen 


Players Are Praised 
For Season's Opener 

By Shirley Caldwell 

"Death of a Salesman," "Hamlet," 
"A Streetcar Named Desire," "Cyrano de 
Bergerac," "Bullfight" — drama director 
Lance Goss always chooses the most 
difficult and varied plays for the Mill- 
saps Players. This year he did it again. 
"Othello, the Moor of Venice" was the 
season's first production. 

Ranked by many as one of the 
top presentations given by the Players, 
the play, according to critics, contained 
"moments of brilliance . . . and there are 
moments which are less than brilliant. 
But the former so preponderantly out- 
weigh the latter that the whole can he 
judged a resounding success." 

The title role was played by Dick 
Blount, son of Colonel and Mrs. Robert 
E. Blount (Alice Ridgway), '28 and '29, 
and brother of Robert E. Blount, Jr.. 
'53, also an outstanding Player. Dick 
will be remembered for his performances 
as Claudius, King of Denmark, in "Ham- 
let" and Stanley Kowalski in "A Street- 
car Named Desire." He made the change 
from Claudius to Kowalski to Othello 
with ease, causing Director Goss to name 
him the most versatile actor he has 

Supporting Cast Excellent 

Appearing in the other principal roles 
were Mary Ruth Smith, Vicksburg, as 
Desdemona; Keith Tonkel, a Players 
veteran best remembered for his per- 
formance as Esteban in "Bullfight," as 
lago; and Mary Russell Ragsdale, Mem- 
phis, Tennessee, as Emilia. They were 
highly praised for their performances, 
with other members of the cast also 
receiving good reviews. 

Ex-students of Dr. White will recall 
that "Othello" is one of Shakespeare's 
four great tragedies. It has been called 
by critics "the most terrible and most 
painful of Shakespeare's tragedies." 

Costumes, supplied by Eaves of New 
York, were the ones worn in the Broad- 
way production of the play, which starred 
Paul Robeson as Othello, Jose Ferrar 
as lago, and Uta Hagan as Desdemona. 

Miller Williams, professor of biology, 
directed the fencing scenes. He staged 
the foil work for the Players' production 
of "Hamlet" and had directed fencing 
for two prior presentations of "Othello." 
Music consultant was Holmes Ambrose, 
head of the music department. 

Jacksonians, young and old. «ait their turn outside Millsaps' .lames Observatory 
to take advantage of a rare astronomical opportunity. The occasion was the closest 
visit the planet Mars had made to the Earth in thirty-two years. Professor Charles 
B. Galloway and his assistants spent a busy evening as over KOO visitors lined up 
for a look at the red planet. James Obser\atory is one of two observatories in 
the mid-South. It was built in 1902. 


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He received his MA and Ph.D. degrees 
from Syracuse University. 

Formerly research assistant to Mill- 
saps alumnus David Donald at Columbia 
University, Mr. McWhiney received his 
BS degree from Centenary College and 
his MA from LSU. He is a doctoral 
candidate at Columbia University. 

A 1953 graduate of Millsaps, Miss 
Parker continued her study at Tulane, 
receiving her MA degree from that 

Dr. Prince received his BA, MA, and 
Ph.D. degrees from the University of 
North Carolina. He has had wide teach- 
ing experience, serving as head of the 
department of modern languages at Car- 
son-Newman College immediately prior 
to coming to Millsaps. 

Mr. Ward, a native of Tennessee, is a 
graduate of George Peabody College for 
Teachers, receiving his MA from that 
school also. 

A former student of Josef and Rosina 
Lhcvinne at the Juilliard School of Music, 
and Claudio Arrau, Mr. Watson received 
his BA and MA degrees from Colorado 
State College of Education and his Pro- 
fessional Diploma in Piano and Music 
Education from Columbia University. 

Joining their husbands in serving the 

Mars Comes Close 

Jacksonians poured into Millsaps' 
James Observatory on September 7 to 
get a close look at the planet Mars, a 
mere 35,000,000 miles away. 

Professor Charles B. Galloway, '33, 
acted as host for the estimated 800 
astronomy enthusiasts w'ho visited the 

Most of the people who looked through 
the six-inch telescope said they saw a 
wavering red ball, something like a 
distant sun. It was the closest Mars has 
been to Earth in 32 years. 

An encouraging sign of the times 
was the fact that the large crowd — 
mainly teenagers and children — stood in 
line waiting to see the planet although 
a football game was being played in 
nearby Tiger Stadium. 

College community are Mrs. Watson, 
college nurse, and Mrs. Prince, reference 
librarian. Mrs. Maggie W. Cathy is 
serving as house mother for Park House, 
an auxiliary housing unit for women on 
Park Avenue adjoining the campus. 


Page Fifteen 

Is Your Firm Listed? 

Industries To Match Alumni Gifts 

One of the most encouraging develop- 
ments in the area of support for higher 
education has come from a staunch new- 
found friend, American Industry. 

With General Electric leading the way 
two years ago, a plan called the Corpor- 
ate Alumnus or Matching Gifts program 
was developed to encourage alumni giv- 
ing and furnish badly needed support for 
the nation's colleges. 

Most firms will match, up to $1,000, 
any gift given by employees to their 
Alma Maters or to funds sponsored by 
alumni associations for the purpose of 
securing support for those institutions. 

The Millsaps College Alumni Fund 
qualifies for gifts through the Corporate 
Alumnus plan since its only purpose 
is to strengthen the financial structure 
of the college. 

According to the American Alumni 
Council, the latest list of firms sponsor- 
ing matching gifts programs are as 
follows: Allegheny Ludlum Steel Cor- 
poration, Bank of New York, Bonwit 
Teller, Burlington Industries, Geoffrey 
L. Cabot, Inc., Campbell Soup Company, 
Deering Milliken and Co., Inc., Draper 
Corporation, General Electric Company, 
B. F. Goodrich Company, Hewlett-Pack- 
ard Company, The Hill Acme Company, 
J. M. Huber Corporation, S. C. Johnson 
& Sons, Inc., Jones & Laughlin Steel 
Corporation, Kaiser Steel Corporation, 
Walter Kidde & Company, Inc., Lehigh 
Portland Cement Company, Manufactur- 
ers Trust Company, National Distillers 
Products Corporation, O'Sullivan Rubber 
Corporation, Scott Paper Company, 
Smith, Kline & French Laboratories, 
Tektronix, Inc., The Wallingford Steel 
Company, Warner Brothers Company, 
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., and Young and 
Rubicam, Inc. 

Alumni Association and College of- 
ficials are hoping that graduates and 
former students who are regularly em- 
ployed by any of the firms listed above 
will make whatever gift they are able 
to the Alumni Fund and will notify their 
matching fund officers of their action. 

Philip D. Reed, chairman of the trus- 
tees of the General Electric Educational 
and Charitable Fund, in facing industry's 
responsibility in the present financial 
crisis confronted by colleges throughout 
the nation, made the following statement: 
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Page Sixteen 

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Here are three more of the thirteen classes whose members gathered on the campus 
for a reunion meeting as a feature of the Homecoming Day program on October 
20. Pictured in photograph number I is the Early Days Club, composed of graduates 
and former students who attended 50 years ago or more. Picture number 2 
shows members of the class of 1930 during a break in their reunion activities. 
Members of the class of 1910 oblige the cameraman in picture number 3. Next 
year's reunion schedule may be found on page 28 of this issue. Don't miss your 
class get-together! 



Gift From Estate 
Aids Four Freshmen 

Four Millsaps College students are 
benefiting from the generosity of a loyal 
friend of the College who decided to use 
her money for the strengthening of 
Christian higher education. 

The late Mrs. Mae Jack Cheek, of 
Memphis, provided in her will for the 
establishment of a scholarship fund at 
Millsaps to be called the "Dr. Elbert 
Alston Cheek and Son Scholarship." 
Amounting to more than $135,000, the 
fund was set up in memory of Mrs. 
Cheek's husband, the late Dr. E. A. 
Cheek, and their son, the late Elbert 
Alston Cheek, Jr. 

Now attending Millsaps under the first 
series of grants are Betty Dribben, 
Greenwood; Martin L. Howard, Baldwyn; 
Carole Jack, Laurel; and Marler Stone, 

Scholarships $500 Each 

According to the provisions of the 
will, the gift is to be invested in govern- 
ment bonds and the income is to be 
awarded in scholarships of $500 each. 
Students may receive the award for as 
many as four years, provided they con- 
tinue to meet the requirements of the 
College scholarship committee. 

The four winners for the 1956-57 
session were all leaders in their high 
schools and are entering enthusiastically 
into the life of the College. Miss Jack, 
the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Jack, 
plans to be an elementary school teacher. 
Howard, a premedical student, is the 
son of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Howard. 
Miss Dribben, the daughter of alumnus 
W. B. Dribben, '29, and Mrs. Dribben, 
and Stone, the son of Mrs. John H. 
Stone, are, as yet, undecided about their 


(Continued from Page 8) 
Methodist Home physician for almost 
twenty years, was noted as a philan- 
thropist. His radium will continue to 
help the sick and demonstrate his love 
for his fellow man. 


(Continued from Page 14) 
ulate you on the success which has been 

Mr. Wheeless is married to the former 
Frances King, '31. They have one child 
and now make their home in Chevy 
Chase, Maryland. 

Highest honors have been awarded to 
two Millsaps College seniors by their 
fellow students. Sam Jones, Jr., Jackson, 
and Nancy Peacock, Kosciusko, pictured 
above, have been named Master Major 
and Miss Millsaps. Jones is president of 
the Student Executive Board and Miss 
Peacock is SEB secretary. 

Dr. E. S. Wallace has been elected 
president of the Little Theater Associa- 
tion of Mississippi for the 1956-57 season. 
His first assignment this year was the 
direction of Eudora Welty's "The Pon- 
der Heart." He is also a past president 
of the Jackson Little Theater Associa- 

Friends and former students of Mrs. 
Mary B. Stone will regret to learn that 
she has been seriously ill. Her recovery 
has been remarkably speedy, however, 
and faculty and students join in hoping 
that it will be complete very soon. 

Holmes Ambrose, head of the music 
department, was featured in the role of 
Don Jose in the Jackson Opera Guild's 
presentation of "Carmen." The Metro- 
politan Opera's Claramae Turner ap- 
peared as Carmen, Ouida Woody Bass 
as Micaela, and Millsaps alumnus An- 
drew Gainey, '36-'38, as Escamillo. The 
opera was given November 19-20. 

Response Excellent 
To Singers Record 

By Shirley Caldwell 

We need a fanfare for this announce- 
ment: The Millsaps Singers records are 
here! Or maybe we should have said 
were — only a few are on hand that have 
not been reserved. 

They're works of art, both to the eye 
and the ear. Jackets containing the 
records were especially designed, in pur- 
ple and white, with pictures of "Pop" 
King and the Christian Center on the 
front and the 1955-56 edition of the 
Singers on tlie back. The back cover 
also gives information about Millsaps 
and "Pop" and the words of the songs 
heard on the record. 

But wait until you've placed the red 
seal RCA-Victor record on your turn- 
table, set the speed to 33 1/3 RPM, 
and hear the first strains of "Glorious 
Everlasting" pouring out. In your mind's 
eye you'll see Pop directing the group. 
And, if you're an ex-Singer, you'll 
probably see yourself in the second, or 
last, or first row. Because it doesn't 
matter which Singers group made the 
recording; they're the Singers — twenty 
years ago or twenty years from now. 

Tliere's one thing special about the 
recording performance: It was Pop's 
last major project with the Singers 
before his retirement. The record is a 
fitting tribute to the beloved director 
and friend of so many Millsaps alumni. 

The record was produced and published 
by the Recorded Publications Company 
of Camden, New Jersey. It contains 
nine selections. 

A few of the records are left from the 
1,000 received; so, if you would like to 
have one, write immediately to the Public 
Relations Department, Millsaps College, 
and enclose a check for $3.95. 

Serving as assistant stage manager 
(Continued on Page 19) 


(Continued from Page 13) 
department, directed the play. He is .^ 
past president of the Jackson Little 
Theater and is currently serving as 
president of the state Little Theater 

Alumni Association President Craig 
Castle, '47, served as assistant director 
and appeared as foreman of the jury. 

Membership in the Little Theater 
reached an all-time high this year, 
for which much credit was given to 
Dr. Ross Moore, '23, head of the history 


Page Seventeen 

Those "-'Nliijoritos" made up a large part of the cast and crew of the Jackson Little Theater production of "The Ponder Heart." 
Appearing in the picture are, left to right: front row — (iail Morehead, junior; Dr. E. S. Wallace, head of the department of 
economics; Dr. A. P. Hamilton, head of the department of ancient languages; Charlotte Capers, "J0-'32; Katherine Hook, '53- 
'.'55; .Tim Henderson, brother of Martha Henderson Kubel, '49-"51; Kay Fort Child, '55; Sallie Ann Dement, sophomore; Shirley 
Parker, '53, English instructor at Millsaps; Shirley Brown, senior; Eddie King, junior; back row — Dr. C. M. McEachern, '48-'49; 
Dr. T. L. Reynolds, head of (he mathematics department; Mrs. .T. B. Price, wife of the head of the chemistry department and 
Singers chaperone; Claire King, '56; Karen Gilfoy, '56; Johnnie Webb, '53-, William K. Barnes, '28; Dr. N. Bond Fleming, 
head of the philosophy department; M. J. Marley, cafeteria manager; and Joe Schmitt, '53. 

Work of Alumni Directors Is Vitally Important 

A key factor in the growth of en- 
thusiasm and interest of Millsaps College 
alumni and the increasing effectiveness 
of the alumni program is the quality of 
leadership given the Association within 
recent years. 

This year's officers and Boai'd members 
are continuing that generous donation 
of time and energy which is so necessary 
under the present Alumni Association 

When Craig Castle, '47, was elected 
president of the Alumni Association, 
members were assured that the vigorous 
leadership given, by Dr. Tom Ross, '36, 
retiring president, would be continued. 

Equally devoted to the task of build- 
ing the Alumni Association and advanc- 
ing the interests of the College are 
Vice-presidents W. J. Caraway, '35, Le- 
land; Fred Ezelle, '37, Jackson; and 

Martha Gerald, '41, Jackson; and Re- 
cording Secretary Mrs. Tom Larche 
(Mary Ellen Wilcox, '28). 

Work of the Association is carried 
on through thirty-six Board members 
who serve on six committees. It is 
here that the alumni program must 
originate or be implemented. A highly 
successful year or a mediocre twelve 
months depends upon the attitudes of 
these thirty-six alumni, who represent 
more than 5,000 Millsaps men and women 
who are active in the Association. 

Board members named by President 
Castle and their committees appear be- 
low: Legal Advisory — Reynolds Cheney, 
Sr., chairman; Percy Clifton; Richard G. 
Lord; Shirley Norwood; L. F. Hendrick; 

Programs — Turner Morgan, chairman; 
Heber Ladner; O. S. Lewis; Mrs. Ross 
Barnett; Robert Ivy; Claude Johnson; 

Finance — 0. B. Triplett, chairman; G. 
C. Clark, Sr.; Walter Spiva; George 
Pickett; W. B. Dribben; Bill Parker; 

Projects — Roy Clark, chairman; Man- 
ning Hudson; W. L. Rigby; Waudine 
Nelson; Charles Wright; Rubel Phillips; 
Dan Wright; 

Membership — W. L. Norton, chairman; 
W. T. Hankins; Frank Scott; J. M. 
Kennedy; Gilbert Cook, Sr.; Norma Nor- 

Club Organization — John Neill, chair- 
man; Tommy Parker; Ruth Tucker; W. 
F. Murrah; Johnny Jabour; J. R. Cavett. 

Area responsibilities of the vice-presi- 
dents are as follows: Miss Gerald, Legal 
Advisory and Programs Committees; 
Ezelle, Membership and Projects Com- 
mittees; and Caraway, Finance and Club 
Organization Committees. 

Page Eighteen 



Another season of non-subsidized football is history, and once again heartiest 
congratulations are due Coaches Sammy Bartling and Erm Smith and the 
twenty-six students who put studies first and football a close second. 

Statistically speaking, the record book showed three wins, two ties, and 
two losses in a seven-game schedule. The only teams to top the Majors this 
fall were scholarship, state-supnorted squads. 

Chronologically, the season's record looks like this: Millsaps 13-Ouachita 6; 
Blillsaps 6-Livingston (Alabama) State 16; Millsaps 13- Sewanee 7; Millsaps 20- 
Howard 20; Millsaps 0-Mississippi College 0; Millsaps 12-Southwestern 0; and 
Millsaps IS-Henderson State (Arkansas) 19. 

The games to remember, as far as Millsaps supporters are concerned, were 
the Mississippi College and Southwestern contests. 

Since Head Coach Sammy Bartliny; joined the College staff in 1051, the 
Major-Choctaw battle has been a thriller every year. This year's game was 
no exception. Before a Homecoming crowd which included some of the Major 
gridiron greats of the past, the Purple and White eleve;i put u]) a magnificent 
defensive battle, and the final score was a hard fought to tie. Picked to 
lose by most "experts" the Majors stopped seven drives inside tlieir own 30, 
one of which wound up on the one-foot line. So devastating was the Millsaps 
defensive play that they came out on the long end of the net yardage count. 

The Millsaps-MC tally within the last three years is as follows: one 
victory for the Majors, one victory for the Choctaws, and one tie. The 1957 
battle should be another one for the books! 

In the final home game of the season, before a jiitifully small crowd, 
the Majors surprised sports writers, armchair quarterbacks, and Southwestern 
of Memphis by grinding out a 12 to upset over the Tennesseeans. 

The Lynx had lost only one game in 10 starts. Centre College, called 
the best small college team in the nation hy experts, squeezed by Southwestern 
to keep a two-year winning streak going. All other opponents had fallen be- 
fore the rampaging Tennessee team. 

The will to win, alert "break-making," devastating blocking and tackling, 
and the generalship of reserve quarterback Fred Belk, a sophomore, was the 

When the Majors walked off the field that afternoon, their supporters 
stood and cheered and the band led an after-the-game parade to the waiting 
buses to let the team know how the small but intensely loyal group of fans felt. 

When all factors are considered, the season's results, which included only 
two losses, are even more surprising. Thirteen lettermeia were lost from the 
1955 edition of the Millsaps football team. Nine lettermen returned and several 
newcomers joined the squad, but attrition hurt as the season aged. Several men 
dropped out because of grades, injuries, or job responsibilities, and Coaches Bart- 
ling and Smith found themselves with a roster of 26 men by mid-season. 

Loyal alumni and other supporters always like to look to next year and 
weigh the chances of the non-subsidized Majors. At this point in the year it 
now appears that only four men from the 1956 squad will be leaving school. 
They are Jim Berry, 200-pound tackle; Terry Moore, versatile halfback; Roy 
Wolfe, a veteran halfback and perhaps the fastest man on the field for the 
Majors in many a year; and Ray Woodrick, 265-pound tackle. 

Among other bright spots is the fact that both first and second string 
quarterbacks will be returning. Don Williams, number one field general for 
the Majors, will be back for his senior year, and his understudy, Fred Belk, 
who developed rapidly toward the end of the season, will be ready as a junior. 

With possibilities strong: for some good transfers and freshmen reinforcements 
and a 22-man nucleus to build on, prospects seem good for a better football 
season in '57 than this year's 3-2-2 performance. 

(Continued on Page 20) 


(Contii.ued from Page 17) 
at "America's foremost summer theater," 
the Ogunquit, Maine, Playhouse, kept 
Lance Goss busy during the summer 
months. He also found time to appear 
with Burt Parks and Jeanne Bal in 
Cole Porter's "You Never Know." 

The Millsaps College chapter of Eta 
Sigma Phi, national classical languages 
honorary, has established an award for 
excellence in Latin at Murrah High 
School called the Alfred Porter Hamilton 
Medal. Dr. Hamilton, head of the depart- 
ment of ancient languages at Millsaps, 
spent last summer in Europe, visiting 
his daughter, Mrs. Jim Blanton (Cath- 
erine Porter Hamilton, '52) in Germany. 

Miss Bethany Swearingen has been 
promoted to the position of librarian, 
succeeding Dr. A. G. Sanders, who re- 
tired at the end of the 1955-56 school 
year. She had served as assistant li- 
brarian for several years. 

Linda Albritton to Charles E. Thomas. 
'54-'55. Living in Jackson, JHssissippi. 

Ann Anderson, '56, to Fred Blumer, 
'55. Living in Atlanta, Georgia. 

.luanita At«ood to Thomas H. Sim- 
mons, '53. Living in Jackson, Mississippi. 

Barbara Ballard, '56, to Thomas Lamar 
Gordon. Living in Greenwood, Missis- 

Carolyn Baria, '54, to the Reverend 
Keith W. Johnson. Living in Long 
Island, New York. 

Jaqueline Gordy Blackwell to James 
Hewitt Griffin, '4S-'49, '53-'54. Living 
in Greenville, Jlississippi. 

Carol .Mae Brown, '55 to John Willard 
Leggett, III, '56. Living in Atlanta, 
Georgia, where he is attending Emory. 

Magdalene Cunningham, '54, to Cecil 
W. Hudson. Living in St. Louis, Mis- 

Connie Entrekin to Edward Lawrence 
Gibson, '47-'49. Living in Dallas, Texas. 

Rachel Ferrell to Henry Ezelle Lewis, 
Jr., '52-'54. Living in Jackson, Missis- 

Selby Gail Fielder, '56, to Jere Lyle 
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Page Nineteen 

We have often wondered how many 
lives could be influenced for lasting 
good if Millsaps College alumni in sig- 
nificant numbers became aware of the 
importance of their Alma Mater and set 
out to do something ^.bout its needs. 

Within the last few years, and par- 
ticularly this year, it has become evident 
that we will soon find out. 

Giving has reached an all-time high. 
Alumni are actively engaged in interest- 
ing promising students in attending 
Millsaps. They're sensitive to good 
public relations for the College through 
adequate news and feature coverage 
in local publicity media. 

This re-awakened awareness has re- 
sulted in increasing attendance at alumni 
functions. Homecoming this year was 
so well attended that many who hadn't 
been back regularly lately were truly 

Scores of graduates and former stu- 
dents are accepting responsibility in 
projects planned to strengthen Millsaps 
College. Others have volunteered their 
services and will be called on soon. 

We confidently believe that this is only 
the beginning. 

Among the hundreds who took time 
out from the routine to return to the 
campus for Homecoming were Mrs. J. W. 
Maw (Gladys Jones, '20), who, with lier 
husband, serves as a missionary to th" 
Belgian Congo; and Claude Passeau, '40 
of Lucedale, who pitched a 1-hitter in 
the World Series of 1945. 

According to a report released by the 
Bureau of the Census, the number of 
persons of college age is now at its 
lowest point in twenty-five years. The 
college age group is made up entirely 
of persons born during the depression 
years, when bii'th rates were at the 
lowest point in history. For the remain- 
der of this decade, small annual gains 
will be made, and between 1960 and 
1965 the group will grow rapidly as 
the major wave of "war babies" and the 
initial wave of postwar babies reach 
college age. The Bureau predicts that, 
roughly speaking, for every four persons 
now of college age, there will be three 
additional by 1973. 


(Continued from Page 19) 

At this writing basketball practice is entering its third week under the 
direction of Coach Erm Smith, and a hustling squad of 15 men has been engaged 
in intensive workouts in preparation for a seventeen-game schedule. 

Four men who wore the purple and white last year are back for action 
during the 1956-57 season. Lettermen Billy Livingston, Leland, at forward. Ken 
Parks, Sledge, at forward. Bob Weems, Jackson, at guard, and Ed Whaley, Tupelo, 
at center, will be counted on heavily during early season play. 

Among the promising newcomers to the squad are transfer Smiley Ratcliff, 
guard, who was an All Big 8 selection at Central High, and Ralph Armstrong, 
forward, who was one of the state's outstanding high school stars last year 
at Coffeeville. Giving aid and comfort to Major supporters, too, is the fact 
that guards Eugene Harrison and Charles Henson and forward Don Williamson 
were members of Meridian's northern division Big 8 championship team last year. 

The 1956-57 Major basketball roster is as follows: Ralph Armstrong, 6' 3V2", 
forward, Coffeeville; Woods Cavett, 5' 10", guard, Jackson; Lindsey Erwin, Jr., 
6' 2", forward, Batesville; John Gatewood, 6' guard. Mount Olive; Eugene 
Harrison, 5' 11" guard. Meridian; Charles G. Henson, 5' 9" guard. Meridian; 
Robert R. Johnson, Jr., 6' 1" forward, Hilliard, Florida; Billy Livingston, 6' 1" 
forward, Leland; Clifton LeCornu, 6' guard, Vardaman; James McAtee, 6' guard, 
Jackson; Stuart Mclntyre, 5' 10%" forward, Jackson; Kenneth Parks, 6' 3" 
forward, Sledge; Bobby Ray, 5' 8" guard, Jackson; Smiley Ratcliff, 5' 11" guard, 
Jackson; Don G. Williams, 6' 1" forward, Bogalusa, Louisiana; Don Williamson, 
6' forward. Meridian; Bob Weems, 5' 11" guard, Jackson; and Ed Whaley, 6' 4" 
center, Tupelo. 

Hopes are high in Buio Gymnasium that the two-year victory drought 
will be broken early in the season despite the fact that Coach Smith must build 
a winning combination with a squad composed entirely of freshmen and sophomores, 
with one exception. 

The 1956-57 cage schedule appears elsewhere in this issue. 

If you think the automobile is a 
menace, take a look at these figures 
compiled by R. M. Cleveland and S. T. 
(Continued on Page 24) 

James Hood, center, of Lambert, captain of the Millsaps football team, received 
pledges of support and loyalty from Dr. H. E. Finger, .fr., left, and Craig Castle, 
right, as the 1956 season got underway. The scene took place at the annual 
chicken-fry given by the alumni for the players. 

For the second consecutive year Millsaps College alumni took time out to 
demonstrate their interest in the amateur athletic program at Millsaps by 
entertaining the football team and coaches at an early season chicken-fry. 

Scene of the gathering was again the Mississippi Valley Gas Company 
Lodge, popular Rankin County retreat. 

Following the meal. Alumni Association President Craig Castle presided 
at an informal program which featured talks by President Finger, Coaches Bartling 

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Old Elsinore Remodeled 

^ast Meets Present In Music Hall 

By Betty Miller 

Antebellum skirts and tranquility are 
a century removed from the modern 
"Ivy League look" and the sounds of 
45 music students, but the Millsaps 
College Music Hall has been a part of 
both eras. 

Once the antebellum home of a prom- 
inent Mississippi family, Elsinore, as 
it was then called, was converted in the 
early 1930's into a practice hall for 
Millsaps music students. Since the de- 
cision of Millsaps College to re-establish 
a music department, the building has 
recently been transformed into a music 

The original Elsinore was built before 
the Civil War as the plantation home of 
Rosa Farrar and Lemuel Weeks Petrie. 

In 1866 the top story of the building 
burned and was rebuilt of wood in 
typical antebellum style. The boilding 

was located on the site of the present 
Millsaps-Wilson Library. 

For a while Elsinore was the home of 
Dr. J. B. Hutton, local Presbyterian min- 
ister. Later it became a part of Jackson 
College, an industrial school for Negroes. 
During this period it was occupied by 
the president of the college. Dr. L. C. 
Harrell. In 1922, Dr. J. M. Sullivan and 
his family lived in Elsinore. Several of 
his children were born in Elsinore. 

When the college needed the site of 
the home for a library in 1923, the top 
story, complete with columns, was moved 
to its present location. Later Elsinore 
Hall was used as a home for various 
members of the faculty, among them 
Dean W. E. Riecken and Coach Ormond 
Van Hook. In the late twenties and 
early thirties, Elsinore became the home 
of the Millsaps music department. 

Since the latter part of August, start- 

ling changes have been taking place in 
old Elsinore. The large one-time bed- 
rooms have been converted into three 
studios, a recital hall, a classroom and 
a practice room. A downstairs has been 
added to the building which contains 
seven practice rooms, a large classroom, 
and one storage room. 

Paneled walls, asphalt tile floors, 
acoustical tile ceilings, and sound-proof- 
ing between the practice rooms have 
helped make the transition complete and 
practical. Private lockers for the music 
students will be added before the com- 
pletion of the work this fall. 

In regard to the metamorphosis of 
the building. Holmes Ambrose, chairman 
of the music department, had this to say: 
"We hope that the work done on this 
beautiful new building will be the fulfill- 
ment of the dreams of those who have 
labored so patiently over the years to 
liring it about." 

Historic Elsinore Hal!, on the Millsaps College campus, has been the scene of important events in the life of the College and 
the history of Mississippi. Lo<:ated on the eastern edge of the campus, it once was the home of Dr. .J. M. Sulli\an, emeritus 
professor. A major renovation project this summer transformed the old building into a modern music hall which houses the 
recently reactivated department of music at Millsaps College. 


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m\iH f^i^^^^ 

We welcome the following into the 
Future Alumni Club of the Millsaps 
College Alumni Association: 

William Franklin Appleby, Jr., born 
October 10, 1956, to the Reverend & Mrs. 
W. F. Appleby. The Reverend Appleby 
is a member of the class of '50. He and 
his family live in Burnsville, Mississippi. 

Randolph Holly Chatham, born March 
23, 1950, to Dr. and Mrs. L. C. Chatham, 
of Taylorsville, Mississippi. Mrs. Cha- 
tham, the former Pepe Wren, graduated 
in 1951. Randolph Holly is the Cha- 
ham's third son. 

Amy Carolyn Conner, born April 17, 
1956, to Dr. and Mrs. O. W. Conner, III, 
of Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Conner re- 
ceived his BS degree from Millsaps in 

.lean Carol Eskridge, born August 7, 
1956, to the Reverend and Mrs. J. B. 
Eskridge, of Dui-ham, North Carolina. 
The Reverend Eskridge is a member of 
the class of 1953 and Mrs. Eskridge 
(Marianne McCormack) attended from 

Isabelle Ann Ezelle, born October 15 
to Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Ezelle, Jr., in 
Jackson, Mississippi. Mr. Ezelle is a 
1936 graduate of Millsaps. 

David Christopher and Marcus Eugene 
Holmes, born July 12, 1956, to the Rev- 
erend and Mrs. Eugene Holmes, of 
Emory, Georgia. The Reverend Holmes 
graduated in 1955. 

Eva Lynn Holston, born August 28, 
1956, to the Reverend and Mrs. Wilton 
S. Holston, of DeSoto, Mississippi. The 
Reverend Holston graduated from Mill- 
saps in 1951, and Mrs. Holston (Shirley 
Shipp) attended from 1949-51. Eva 
Lynn was also welcomed by Sidney, 2. 

Benjamin Quitman James, IH, born 
August 14, 1956, to Mr. and Mrs. B. Q. 
James. Mr. James attended from 1948- 
50 and Mrs. James, who is the former 
Glenna Goodwin, graduated in 1953. 

Teresa Christine Legate, born March 
15, 1956, to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Legate, 
of Alton, Illinois. Mrs. Legate is the 
former Louise Campbell, '53. 

Carol Ann Porter, born August 13, 

1956, to the Reverend and Mrs. Ralph 

Porter. The Reverend Porter, a member 

of the class of '50, is pastor of Trinity 

(Continued on Page 27) 

When alumni return to the campus for a visit, they find a cordial welcome awaiting 
them and at least one administrative official eager to escort them on a quick tour 
of old and new buildings. Here Mrs. Al Kruse (Evaline Khayat, '42), of Los 
Angeles, and her children prepare to join J. W. Wood, business manager, and Mrs. 
K. E. Hederi, left, professor of romance languages, on a sight-seeing trip around 
the campus. Future Millsaps alumni (we hope) are, left to right, Kathryn, 9; 
Pat, 5; and Jimmic, 1 year. I\lrs. Hederi is also Mrs. Kruse's sister. 

J It iH^mnrtam 

This column is dedicated to the memory of graduates and former students 
who have passed away in recent months. Every effort has been made to 
compile an accurate list, but there will be unintentional omissions. Your help 
is solicited in order that we may make the column as complete as possible. 
Those whose memory we honor are as follows: 

Lewis R. Featherstone, '13, who died May 10, 1956. Mr. Feathcrstone had lived in 
Brookhaven, Mississippi. 

Robert Payne Neblett, who died June 28, 1956. Mr. Neblett, who received his 
Ph.B. degree in 1901, had lived in Jackson, Mississippi. 

John Morgan Clack, III, of Lexington, Mississippi, who died May 24, 1956. Mr. 
Clack graduated in 1951. 

Miss Pearl Spann, '09, died August 11, 1956. Miss Spann was living in Jackson 
at the time of her death. 

Dr. Robert Seawright, of Bolton, Mississippi, died Feburary 8, 1956. He attended 
Millsaps from 1928 through 1930. 

The Reverend Tom Jernigan, '39, was killed in June of 1956 in a car accident 
enroute to Plainfield, Illinois, where he was to deliver his first sermon in his 
new church. 

Miss Quintard Baker, who died in September, 1956. Miss Baker, who attended 
Millsaps in 1930-32, had lived in Hazlehurst. 

The Reverend Charles Ford Weeks, '50, drowned in September of 1956. He was 
living in Edwards, Mississippi, at the time of his death. 

James Barnard Morrison died in Lafayette, California, on April 6, 1956. Mr. 
Morrison graduated in 1934. 

Sanford Martin Graham, of Meridian, Mississippi, died August 20, 1956. He was 
a 1905 graduate. 

Dr. William Bryant Lewis, '06-'09, who died April 16, 1956. He had served as 
missionary to Africa. 

Archie Falls McKee, of Jackson, died April 2, 1956. He attended Millsaps from 

W. B. Montgomery, Jr., '36, died in July of 1956. 
Walter Scott Welch died this year in Laurel, Mississippi. He was a 1906 graduate. 

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(Continued from Page 13) 
Millsaps professors. Last year the sem- 
inar idea was tried for the first time 
and proved highly successful. It is 
part of the May 11 program by popular 

In addition, the Millsaps Players will 
present one of the world's great plays 
for returning alumni. There'll be an 
outstanding speaker in a special alumni- 
student chapel, and the annual Alum- 
ni Day banquet will feature the 
induction of the class of 1957 into 
the Association. 

Other events are being planned for 
graduates and former students to make 
the event worth a weekend away from 
home and work. 

Alumni Day replaces the graduation 
meeting of the Association, so it'll be 
the last gathering of the Millsaps clan 
during the current school year. 

Make plans now to be on hand for the 
day. You'll be glad you did. Ask anyone 
who's come back lately. 



(Continued from Page 19) 

Andrews. Will live in West Point, Mis- 

Almyra Fisher, '56, to Vardaman Kim- 
ball Smith, Jr., '53. Living in Madison, 

Lucy Galligher to John Harvey Gotten, 
'47-'48. Living in Birmingham, Alabama. 

Shirley Faye Gibson, '52-'54, to Wil- 
liam Wayne Sumrall. Living in Jackson, 

Sylvia Royce Golman to William David 
Bailey, '53-'54. Living in Jackson, Mis- 

Martha Suzanna Greenwood to Sidney 
Alexander Head, III, '54. Living in 
Durham, North Carolina. 

Martha Jane Harris to William Holmes 
Holland, Jr., '52. Living in Edinburgh, 
Scotland, where they are attending the 
University of Edinburgh. 

Ailene Hays, '53-'54, to Ensign J. D. 
Weldon. Living in Norfolk, Virginia. 

Joanne Henderson, '55, to Howard B. 
Cheek, '55. Living in New Orleans, 

Martha Lee Henderson, 
William Warren Rubel, Jr 
Gulfport, Mississippi. 

Sue Rivers Horton, '52, 
Elbert Lawrence. Living 

Emily Hawkins Humphrey, '44-'45, to 
Arch Yarbrough Davis. Living in Jack- 
son, Mississippi. 

Mildred Anne Hupperich, '55-'56, to 
Jesse W. Moore, '56. Living in Atlanta, 

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It's not too early to begin making 
plans to attend Alumni Day. The date 
this year is Saturday, May 11. An 
excellent program is being planned 
which will include entertainment, fel- 
lowship and the new feature, sem- 
inars conducted by Millsaps faculty 
members. We'll see you on May 11. 


(Continued from Page 7) 


James F. Boggs 
Mrs. Jerry Chang 

(Ruth Chang) 
Bowman L. Clarke 
C. L. Conerly 
Jerry Forten berry 
Mrs. Thomas E. Hearon 

(Jane Stfbbins) 
James S. Holmes 
Francis Pittman 
Lowry Rush, Jr. 
Charles M. Sours 
John E. Sutphin 
Alanson Turnbough 
Charles N. Wright 


Mrs. W. N. Bogan, Jr. 

(Ann Lomax Creswell) 
Mrs. R. C. Brinson 

(Catherine Shumaker) 
Bruce Carruth 
Mrs. Henry Dupree 

(Mary Ruth Hicks) 
E. Lawrence Gibson 
Shin Hayao 
Floyd E. Heard 
Claude W. Johnson 
Rowland B. Kennedy 
David Mcintosh 
Mrs. David Mcintosh 

(Rosemary Thigpen) 
Robert Nay 
John A. Neill 
Mrs. J. D. Powell 

(Elizabeth Lampton) 
J. D. Prince 
Mrs. (Jeorge T. Reaves 

(Kathryn Runge) 
Thomas G. Roberts 
Everett Watts 
R. E. WessLn 
J. W. Youngblood 


Thomas B. Abernathy 
W. F. Appleby 
Moran Berbett 
Mrs. Tom Crosby 

(Wilma, Dyess) 
R. H. Dawkins 
S. Richard Harris 
B. Q. James 
Mrs. Cecil Jenkins 

(Patsy Abernathy) 
Edmund Johnston 
John H. Millsaps, Jr. 
James Minnis 
Shirley Norwood 
Dick T. Patterson 
Ken Patterson 
Charles L. Randle 
Mrs. Louise Robbins 

(Louise Harris) 
Mrs. D. R. Sanderson, Jr. 

(Fannie Buck Leonard) 
Mrs. Richard Swink 

(Thelma Adelia Borden 
Steve Webb 
A. Patten White 


Beverly Barstow 
Frances Beacham 
William Burt 
Mrs. Sid Champion 

(Mary Lipsey) 
Mrs,. Louis Chatham 

(Betty Sue Wren) 
George T. Currey 
Dr. Cecil Jenkins 
Mrs. Robert Kerr 

(Marion Carlson) 
Franz Posey 

Mrs. Franz Posey 
(Linda Langdon) 

David Shelton 

Mrs. Herman Yueh 
(Grace Chang) 


Peter Costas 
Virginia Courtney 
Annie E. Dunn 
H. Gaston Hall 
Mrs. W. W. Holmes 

(Anne Sisson) 
Roy H. Ryan 
pjdward H. Sherrod 
Dr. J. P. Stafford 
James L- Young 
Mrs. James L. Young 

(Joan Wignall) 


Mildred Carpenter 
Mrs. M. S. Corban 

(Margaret Hathorn) 
Mrs. G. T. Currey 

(Mary Nell Williams) 
Pat H. Curtis 
J. B. Eskridge 
Ewin Gaby 
Mrs. Ewin Gaby 

(Carolyn Hudspeth) 
Roger F. Hester 
Byron T. Hetrick 
Robert Lee Hunt 
James W. Irby 
Mrs. B. Q. James 

(Glenna Goodwin) 
Josephine Lampton 
Mrs. R. N. McKinley 

(Lynda Wasson) 
Mrs. Robert Sibbald 

(Mary Ann Derrick) 
Claude J. Smith 
Charles R. Sommers 
Irby Turner 
Mary Emilia Weber 
Mrs. Roy Wolfe 

(Jimmie Hillman) 

Mrs. George Rokas 

(Aspasia Athas) 
Mrs. Thomas Boone 

(Edna Khavat) 
M. S. Corban 
Mrs, James D. Holden 

(Joan Wilson) 
Norma Norton 
Leslie Page, Jr. 
Thomas E. Parker 
Dennis E. Salley 

Mrs. Howard B, Burch 

(Clarice Black) 
Fulton Barksdale 
Mrs. Joe B. Chapman 
) (Dixie Winborn) 
Harold G. Pedin 
Lucy Robinson 
Jeneanne Sharpe 
Mary Alice Shields 
Theresa Terry 


Emma Atkinson 
James E. Benson 
Thomas Boone 
John B. Campbell 
Zorah Currey 
H. M. Etheridge 
Walton Lipscomb, III 
Mrs. Ken Patterson 
(Marlene Brantley) 


(Continued from Page 12) 
and has been a mainstay this year on 
both offense and defense. 

The award for the most improved 
player of the year went to Fred Belk 
for his performance as reserve quarter- 
back during the Southwestern and Hend- 
erson State games. Belk is a sophomore 
and will be a key man in the Major 
lineup for the next two years. 

Coaches Bartling and Smith were pre- 
sented with gifts by the team during 
the evening and the two mentors spoke 
briefly of the season and the performance 
of the team. 

Lettermen Named 

Letters were awarded to 24 players 
and the team manager, Ray Wesson. 
Only two men on the squad failed to 
receive a letter. Men lettering in foot- 
ball were Ted Alexander, Jackson; Alec 
Alston, Hollandale; Joe Armstrong, Cof- 
feeville; Fred Belk, Holly Springs; Jim 
Berry, Prentiss; Pat Bonner, Jackson; 
Robert Caraway, Gulfport; Gayle Erwin, 
Greenwood; Bob Fortune, Jackson; Stan 
Hathorne, Jackson; Jim Hays, St. Peters- 
burg, Florida; James Hood, Lambert; 
Brent Johnson, Jackson; Max Miller, 
Kosciusko; Terry Moore, Indianola; Smi- 
ley Ratcliff, Jackson; Cliff Rushing, 
Cleveland; Rusty Smith, New Orleans, 
Louisiana; Skippy Smith, Gloster; Ken 
Wellons, Jackson; Don Williams, Bog- 
alusa, Louisiana; Jon Ed Williams, Mc- 
Comb; and Roy Wolfe and Ray Woodrick, 

Guests of honor during the evening 
were former Millsaps coaches E. W. 
"Goat" Hale, Tranny Lee Gaddy, and 
Doby Bartling. 

Faculty members, student officials, 
members of the press and their wives 
and dates also attended the banquet. 


(Continued from Page 1(>) 
"Our free economy and society depend 
upon the educational process for survival 
and growth. 

"American business and industry have, 
then, ample reason as good corporate 
citizens to want to help maintain the 
financial soundness and continued growth 
of these educational institutions. One 
form this support can take is a program 
of regular, systematic giving. 

"A satisfactory program will share 
part of the responsibility with those who 
benefit most. The immediate beneficiary 
of American higher education is the 
educated individual, and then through 
him the organization of which he is a 
part. Therefore it has seemed appropriate 
and fair that both the individual alumnus 
and the employing org-anization should 
join, in some fashion, in any giving 

kl/-\\ /t-i i ni-n 


(Continued from Page 20) 

and Smith, Public Relations Director Jim Livesay, and Castle himself. 

Team members were introduced to the alumni, and alumni, in turn, were 
presented to the team. Other guests of honor attending the chicken-fry were 
members of the Jackson press and Millsaps faculty members. 

Dr. Finger and President Castle both pledged support of the team during 
the season for the faculty and administration and for the alumni. 

A direct mail campaign to sell season tickets to alumni in August and 
September fell far short of the 1955 ticket sales drive, which made use of person- 
to-person sales technique. 

The drive is an annual project of the Alumni Association for the purpose of 
building interest and attendance in connection with Millsaps football games 
and helping the athletic program break even each year. 

This year's sales campaign resulted in 66 sales for $320. The 1955 
personal solicitation drive obtained $1,881.00 from 309 sales and several gifts. 


(Continued from Page 20) 
Williamson for "The Road is Yours." 
They say that even at its dangerous 
worst the automobile, proportionately, 
has never been as great a killer as the 
horse. In 1909, for example, 3,850 per- 
sons lost their lives in accidents involv- 
ing horses and horse-drawn vehicles. 
The horse wasn't driven more than 50U 
miles a year. On a mileage basis, com- 
pared with the automobile's average run 
of 10,000 miles a year, the horse was 
twice as deadly as the automobile. 

Cause for great concern to alumni, 
college administrators, parents, and the 
nation as a whole is the fact that we 
are now faced with a serious shortage 
of qualified college faculty members. 
Authorities report that even if all of the 
persons obtaining doctor's degrees be- 
tween now and 1960 enter the teaching 
phase of higher education, there will 
still be a shortage of 4,000 professors. 

Efforts are being made to interest 
students in college teaching, but indus- 
try and government positions offer 
security and prestige. 

In view of the vital necessity for 
America to produce men and women 
with broad vision and enlightened leader- 
ship ability, the prospects are frighten- 
ing. A crisis which overshadows today's 
public school teacher shortage problem 
is possible. 

Someone has said that committee 
meetings are places where you "keep 
minutes and waste hours." 

Perhaps the least in importance on 
the list of reasons why a college educa- 
tion is worthwhile is its value to the 
individual in dollars and cents. Never- 
theless, it is a factor to be considered. 
Statisticians have come up with the fol- 
lowing figures on lifetime earnings 
classified by education. They say the 
average person dropping out after an 
elementary school education will earn 

$11(!,000, compared to a high school 
graduate's $165,000, and a college gra- 
duate's $268,000. 

When someone asks if it's worth the 
cost in dollars and cents, give him 
these figures. 

Indicative of the fact that there is a 
growing realization of the seriousness 
of the crisis faced by America's colleges 
and universities is the welcome an- 
nouncement that the Advertising Council 
will launch a nationwide campaign in 
1957 to increase public interest and sup- 
port for higher education. 

You will soon see and hear evidences 
of the gigantic push, which is being 
hailed by educators as heartening news. 

The campaign will attempt to create 
public understanding of the unparalleled 
importance of higher education. It re- 
mains the job of the various institutions 
and their friends to take advantage of 
the campaign. The church-related col- 
leges must take these general ideas and 
interpret them and make them specific 
in terms of what higher education means 
to those who are committed to the 
Christian faith. 

An increasing number of alumni and 
friends are remembering the College in 
their wills. Many are able to bequeath 
modest amounts; others are leaving 
larger sums. Whatever the gift, the 
donor is making certain that his influ- 
ence lives after him for infinite good 
in the lives of worthy young men and 
women in search of the highest truth. 


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Janella Lansing, '54, to Richard Lee 
Tourtelotte. Living in Lafayette, Louis- 

Johnnye Sue Laseter to William O. 
Miller, '52. Living in New Orleans, 

Lynne Mary Laurence to Thomas Fat- 
rick Caffey, Jr., '52. Living in St. Johns, 

Wanda McCoy, '51, to Bob Ray. Living 
in St. Louis, Missouri. 

Helen Henderson Maddox, '56, to 
William Carey Wall, Jr. Living in 
Jackson while he attends Millsaps. 

Alvena (Patsy) Martinson, '51, to 
Blanchard Emanuel Sanchez. Living in 
Marksville, Louisiana. 

Lilla Mills, '37, to Marcus Earl Cun- 
ningham. Living in Nashville, Tennessee. 

Patricia Morgan, '53-'54, to Thomas 
O. Prewitt, Jr., '56. Living in Jackson, 

Cynthia Morse, '56, to Johnny Seymour 
Taylor. Living in Jackson, Mississippi. 

Norma Newell, '55, to John Henry 
Price, Jr. Living in Jackson, Mississippi. 

Sara Virginia Patton, '51-'53, to Robert 
E. Webb. Living in Jackson, Mississippi. 

Evelyn Smalling to John C. Wellons, 
Jr., '49-'51. Living in Charleston, South 

Carolyn Smith, '54-'56, to Charles 
Walton Campbell, '54. Living in West, 

Doris Ann Smith to Warren Wasson, 
'55. Living in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Frankie Pay Smith to Henry Neil 
Easley, '56. Living in Bude, Mississippi. 

Robin Smith, '56, to Tyler Eugene 
Coomer. Living in New Orleans, Louis- 

Carroll Steen, '46, to Tennyson Gearis 
Weisell, Jr. Living in Houston, Texas. 

Donie Eliza Sykes, '48-'49, to Edward 
Hammond Green, Jr. Living in Norman, 

Billy Ruth Thaggard to Walter Bcrry- 
hill, '50. Living in Dallas, Texas. 

Frances Thompson, '52-'54, to Irwin 
Weldon Coleman, Jr. Living in Oxford, 

Vary Barbour Thrower to Elmore 
Douglass Greaves, II, '46-'48. Living in 
Ludlow, Mississippi. 

Mary Lou True, '51-'52, to John F. 
Halpin, III. Living in Vicksburg, Mis- 

Wanda Waddell, '53-'54, to Hiram Ca- 
rey Polk, '56. Living in Boston while 
he attends Harvard Medical School. 

Sara Olive Webster to John Nowell 
Estes, Jr., '53. Living in New Orleans, 

Lonetta Wells, '54, to John B. Little, 
'54. Living in Jackson, Mississippi. 

Marley Returns To Staff 

Students and faculty members wel- 
comed M. J. Marley back to the campus 
as cafeteria manager when school opened 
this year. 

Mr. Marley resigned at the close of the 
1954-55 session to operate a cafeteria 
of his own in Jackson. His decision to 
return to Millsaps was greeted with 
approval by those who remembered his 
competent management. 




Early Days (1892-1907) 

Retirement makes little difference to 
the Reverend John Lambert Neill, '06. 
He is preaching three times every Sun- 
day on a four-point mission charge 
as retired supply. He celebrated his 75th 
birthday in October. 

Out of 29 members of the liberal arts 
and law classes of 1902, eleven are 
living. Graduates and their places of 
residence are as follows: W. L. Puren, 
New Orleans; Albert L. Fairley, Birming- 
ham; James D. Tillman, Meridian; Henry 
L. Clarke, Yazoo City; George H. Banks, 
Newton; Charles Richard Cook, Shreve- 
port; William S. Davis, Waynesboro; 
John Davis Fatheree, Quitman; James C. 
Russell, Sinton, Texas; Victor H. Torrcy, 
Meadville; and Warren ITpton, Birming- 
ham. This list does not include members 
who entered with '02 but did not grad- 

When the First National Bank in Jack- 
son moved into its new fourteen story 
building in October, S. C. Hart, '04, took 
part in official opening ceremonies. Mr. 
Hart is vice-president of the bank and a 
business and civic leader in Jackson. 

After more than 18 years of efficient 
service as postmaster in Jackson, A. C. 
Griffin, '05, retired this fall. 


Dr. Hodgie C. Henderson, '11, now pas- 
tor of the Brandon Avenue Methodist 
Church in Dallas, Texas, is in his fortieth 
year in the ministry. He reports, "My 
wife and I have been married now 
forty-two years. We have one son living, 
a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology 
here in Dallas. A second son died some 
eight years ago just as he was gradu- 
ating from medical school also. In ad- 
dition there are two little granddaugh- 

"Tents and Tabernacles," a booklet by 
J. B. Cain, '14, of Magnolia, is a history 
of camp meetings in the Mississippi Con- 
ference of the Methodist Church. The 
Reverend Cain, who is serving as pastor 
of the Magnolia Methodist Church, an- 
nounces that the booklet is just off the 

W. E. Toles, '14-'15, secretary and 
treasurer of the Reliable Chevrolet Com- 
pany in Meridian, reports that he and 
his wife have been commuting between 

their farm twenty-six miles from Mer- 
idian and the city proper for several 
months. Mrs. Toles is librarian at a 
Meridian junior high school. 

This year marks the completion of 
his twentieth year as Rabbi Temple Sinai 
and his thirtieth year as an ordained 
rabbi for Julian B. Fcibclman, '18. Rabl)i 
Feibelman, who lives in New Orleans, 
Louisiana, is serving as a class manager 
for the Alumni Fund. 

Duke University announced the re- 
tirement of Frank K. Mitchell, associate 
professor of English. He had served 
the university for thirty years prior 
to his retirement. He is a 1919 graduate 
of Millsaps. 


Mrs. James T. (ieraghty (Jessie Craig), 
'25, is an executive secretary in the ad- 
vertising agency of Ross Roy, Inc., in 
Chicago. Her 17-year-old son entered 
Knox College at Galesburg, Illinois, this 

Amanda I^owther, '27, reports that 
she spent a delightful summer doing 
graduate work at the University of 
Colorado. Miss Lowther teaches at Har- 
dy Junior High School in Jackson, Mis- 

The Alford family is, to say the least, 
a Millsaps family. Ruth Alford, '29, who 
teaches in Laurel, Mississippi, sent a 
reminder that eight members of her im- 
mediate family are alumni of the College. 
They are as follows: her sisters and 
brothers-in-law, the Reverend and Mrs. 
R. R. Branton (Doris Alford), '27 and '29, 
of Lafayette, Louisiana, and the Rev- 
erend and Mrs. J. S. Noblin (Ida Louise 
Alford), '35 and '37, of Gulfport, Mis- 
sissippi; her two brothers, Lewis E. 
Alford, '29-'33, of Jackson, and Dr. W. C. 
Alford, '28, of Washington, D. C; and 
her father, the late Reverend L. F. Al- 
ford, '93-'95. 


Mrs. H. B. Ravelin (Martha Hamilton, 
'33) says that one of her 12-year-old 
twin boys wants to attend Millsaps. 
Although his Yankee father may not 
want to send him so far from their 
home state of New York, Mrs. Ravelin, 
a loyal alumna, may be able to persuade 

of Women Voters of Meridian and vice- 
president of the state chapter of that 
organization. In addition to her civic 
work, she serves as children's librarian 
at the Meridian Public Library. 

In recognition of his ability in his 
chosen field, Colonel Robert S. Higdon, 
'33, has been appointed Dermatology 
Service Chief at the Walter Reed Army 
Hospital in Washington, D. C. 

Mr. and Mrs. John T Kimball (Louise 
Day), '34 and '44, have two children in 
college this year. John, Jr., born while 
his parents were at Millsaps, entered 
the University of Colorado Medical 
School in September, and Bethanne, who 
married on September 8, is attending 
college in Phoenix. Mr. Kimball is vice- 
president and general manager of the 
Idaho Power Company in Boise. 

Three alumni were promoted recently 
by the First National Bank of Jackson, 
Mississippi. They are James L. Guyse, 
'33-'35, assistant vice-president; John P. 
Maloney, '40, assistant vice-president; 
and Charles W. Scott, '53, assistant aud- 

Harris Collins is the American re- 
presentative on the United Nations staff 
in Paris. A 1935 graduate, he has an 
impressive record of fifteen years with 
the State Department. 

J. C. Pickett, '36, was re-elected na- 
tional chaplain of the Disabled American 
Veterans in August. He is serving as 
chaplain for the Veterans Administra- 
tion Hospital in New Orleans. 

Dr. E. Bayliss Shanks, '38, has been 
named head of the department of math- 
ematics at Vanderbilt. He served this 
summer as director of the summer ses- 
sion at the University. 


Major J. P. O'Callaghan, Jr., is the 

commanding officer of the 10th Engi- 
neer Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, at 
Fort Benning, Georgia. He writes that 
1st Lieutenant Charles C. Gwin, '50, is 
a member of his battalion. Major O'Cal- 
laghan left Millsaps in 1940 to serve one 
year in military service — and has been 
in ever since! 

Mrs. Roy P. Henderson (Adomae Par- 
tin, '33) is president of the League 

Lt. Col. J. W. Thompson, '37-'40, has 
had varied experiences since his 
college days. The years from 1941 to 

1946 were spent in the Air Force, one 
of them in occupied Japan. During the 
next four years he served as plant 
manager of an oil industry in Birming- 
ham, Alabama. In 1950 he was recalled 
to the Air Force and is now stationed 
at Elgin Air Force Base, Florida. He 
reports that he is now jet qualified. 

After fourteen successful years in the 
sheet metal business, Thomas Granville 
("Pap") Hamby, '41, has turned to 
his first love, athletics. He and his 
wife (Rosa Eudy, '41) obtained their 
Masters degrees from Mississippi State 
last summer and are both teaching in 
the Grenada, Mississippi, schools. Mr. 
Hamby's team won second place in Mis- 
sissippi's Little Ten Conference this 

Serving as president of the Mississippi 
State Society of Medical Technologists 
is Mrs. Madeline Stockdill (Madeline 
Mooney). She graduated from Millsaps 
in 1941. 

The Reverend Eugene Peacock is com- 
pleting his tenth year as pastor of the 
St. Francis Street Methodist Church in 
Mobile, Alabama. He was a delegate to 
the World Methodist Council meeting 
in September. He and his wife have 
three children, Anne, 9, Genie, 7, and 
Hal, 2. 

An interesting piece of mail was re- 
ceived from the Reverend and Mrs. Han- 
iel Jones, '42 and '41-'43. It was "The 
Burma Methodist," a pamphlet published 
by the Burma Annual Conference of the 
Methodist Church in Rangoon, Burma. 
The Reverend Jones is a missionary to 
Burma. Mrs. Jones is the former Sue 

Mr. and Mrs. Everett P. Johnson 
(Frances Wroten) are living in Mont- 
gomery, Alabama. Mr. Johnson is the 
Alabama State Agent for A. H. Turner 
Insurance Company of Atlanta. Mrs. 
Johnson is a member of the class of 
'43. They have two children, Terry, 5, 
and Laura Grey, 2. 

Mississippi State College for Women 
has appointed Dr. Warren I. Smith, 

'43-'44, associate professor of history. 
Dr. Smith began his new duties in Sep- 

The Reverend Garland C. Dean, Jr., 

'44, is enjoying his fifth year as pastor of 
the Kentwood, Louisiana, Methodist 
Church. He reports that he and Mrs. 
Dean attended the World Methodist 
Conference at Lake Junaluska last sum- 

Mrs. Dudley Gallagher (Mary Harriett 
Regan), '44, became a firm friend of 
the records clerk when she sent up-to- 
date information on her status. Twin 
daughters born last December were 
welcomed by two brothers and a sister. 

Having just returned from a three 
year tour of duty in France, Ann Brien, 
'45, is now stationed at Chanute Field, 
Illinois. She is a 1st lieutenant in the 
Women's Air Force. 

Winnifred Seegars, '45, who received 
her MD degree from Tulane, is doing 
research at New York Medical College. 
She is a resident in internal medicine at 
Bird S. Colen Hospital in New York. 

Duncan Heron, assistant professor of 
geology at Duke University, will play 
a major role in the development of North 
Carolina's first geological map since 
1887. This work will serve as part of the 
requirements for his doctorate. He at- 
tended Millsaps in 1944-45, and he and 
his wife have two children. 

Mirl W. Whitaker, '47, has been ap- 
pointed administrator of the Methodist 
Home for Children in Williamsville, 
New York. The change was a cross- 
continent one — he moved from the state 
of Washington. 

Prior to her marriage two years ago, 
Mrs. Fred Shenk, Jr. (Janice Nicholson), 
'47, spent some time studying in Edin- 
burgh, Scotland. She is now living in 
Cayucos, California, and is a math 
instructor at California Polytechnic In- 

Daisy Lester, '47, is now coaching 
commercial students, high school and 
grammar school students at her home 
on Adelle Street. Her loyalty to Millsaps 
was evidenced by her generous gift to 
the Alumni Fund. 

Christchurch School, Christchurch, Vir- 
ginia, has named Robert M. Yarbrough, 
'47, to the position of dean and director of 
admissions. Christchurch is one of seven 
college preparatory schools operated by 
the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of 

"The Texas Militia During Recon- 
struction" is the title of Dr. Otis A. 
Singletary's latest published work. The 
paper appeared in the July, 1956, issue 
of the SoQthwestern Historical Quarter- 
ly. Mrs. Singletary is the former Gloria 
Y. Walton, '48. He is a member of the 
class of 1947. 

Jim Longinotti, assistant manager of 
Jackson's J. C. Penny Company for the 
past seven years, has been transferred 
to Greenville, South Carolina. He and 
Mrs. Longinotti (Elizabeth Brewer) both 
graduated in 1948 and have two children, 
Margaret and Betsy. 

Three Millsaps alumnae recently grad- 
uated from Delta Air Lines Stewardess 
School in Atlanta, Georgia. Now serving 
as flight stewardesses based in Dallas, 
Texas, they are Annie Laurie Parish, 
'50-'51; Martha Crawford, '53,-'55; and 
Mary Lou Chandler, '48-'49. 

Thornton C. Miller, Jr., '48, has been 
assigned a job in the Office of Naval 
Material as Assistant Head of the Pro- 
duction Allocation Planning Section. The 
Millers have three children. 

Floyd E. Heard is living in Midland, 
Texas, where he is employed as a 
geologist with the Continental Oil Com- 
pany. He is a member of the class of '49. 

Allen Stewart, '49, recently returned 
from a special assignment trip for the 
United States government in Europe. 

Class of 1950 

One of Millsaps' many Baptist stu- 
dents has entered seminary to study for 
the ministry. James Minnis will gra- 
dviate from the Southern Baptist 
Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ken- 
tucky, with a BD degree in May of 1957. 

Dot Hubbard, a teacher at Ewha Uni- 
versity in Seoul, Korea, sent very inter- 
esting accounts of a visit to a rural 
church and a summer youth camp she 
attended. Dot reports that she is finding 
mission work rewarding and extremely 

Class of 1951 

Mrs. Marshall C. Adams (Doris Puck- 
ett Noel) is living in the Magic Valley of 
McAllen, Texas, a gateway to Mexico. 
She wrote of a wonderful trip to Mexico 
City last fall. 

Jean Carroll is serving as teenage 
program director for the YWCA in 
Shreveport, Louisiana. 

Parks Stewart is living in Atlanta, 
Georgia, where he is employed as a 
field representative of the Flooring Di- 
vision of Bird and Son, Inc. 

Emory University has added another 
Millsaps alumnus to its faculty. Dr. 
Cooper C. Clements has been appointed 

instructor in psychology. He assumed 
his new duties September 1. 

Stanley Cook, '51-'54, is the editor of 
that publication. 

Class of 1952 

Marine 1st Lt. Harold L. Jackson, 

"50-'52, received his naval aviators 
"Wings of Gold" in August. He is 
stationed at present at the Marine Corps 
Air Station in Miami, Florida. Mrs. 
Jackson (Louise Mitchell, '51) pinned 
the wings on her husband. 

Dr. Ray Haddad, Jr., received his MD 
degree from Tulane on May 28. While 
in school he served as president of 
his sophomore and senior classes. He 
received the Mosby Medical Book Award 
at the graduation exercise for scholastic 
excellence in his fourth year. He is 
presently interning at Charity Hospital 
in New Orleans. 

Class of 1953 

Emilia Weber reported that she was 
a little too far away (Mexico) to come to 
Homecoming but that she will visit 
the campus when she is in Jackson in 

T. W. Lewis, III, was ordained as a 

pastor of the North Mississippi Confer- 
ence in a special ceremony at the First 
Methodist Church in Columbus, the same 
church in which his grandfather was 
ordained in 1880. He is married to the 
former Julia Aust, '50-'53. 

Following his release to inactive duty 
in September, Claude Smith entered the 
field of insurance in Meridian. He served 
with the Army in the Far East. 

Now living in Jackson, Mississippi, 
Ewin Gaby, received his MA degree in 
physics from the University of Texas in 
August. He was made a member of 
Sigma Pi Sigma, national physics honor- 
ary. He is married to the former 
Carolyn Hudspeth, '51-'53. 

Cecil Williamson is youth director at 
Belzoni First Methodist Church. He was 
a member of the 1956 graduating class 
of Emory School of Theology. 

J. N. "Sug" Estes is serving as presi- 
dent of the student body of the Tulane 
University School of Dentistry for the 
1956-57 session. 

Class of 1954 

The class of '54 is representing Mill- 
saps well at the University of Mississippi 
Law School. Jack Dunbar has been 
elected president of the school and is 
serving, with Joe Hobbs, on the editorial 
staff of the Mississippi Law Journal. 

Mrs. Don Holden (Joan Wilson) is 

serving as Wesley Foundation Director 
at Jones County Junior College, and her 
husband, who recently returned from 
Okinawa, will soon enroll as a student 

In addition to their regular duties 
as technologists at the University Hos- 
pital in Jackson, Lois Boackle and Car- 
olyn Slater, '51, are keeping busy serv- 
ing- as Recruitment Chairman and Legis- 
lation Chairman, respectively, of the 
Mississippi State Society of Medical 
Technologists. Lois is also a reporter 
for "Microscopic Reports," newsletter 
of the organization. 

Odean Puckett has entered the Sou- 
thern Baptist Theological Seminary in 
Louisville, Kentucky. He was president 
of the senior class when he was at 

W. S. Romey is an engineer with Pa- 
cific Telephone and Telegraph Company. 
He and Mrs. Romey (Euchrist Johnson, 
'50-'51) are building a new home on 
Mercer Island near Seattle, Washington. 
They have one son, W. S., Jr., who is in 
the fifth grade. 

Christine Covington is accomplishing 
two feats with one effort — she's seeing 
Europe while she works for the U. S. 
Navy in Yugoslavia. She'll be there for 
eighteen months. 

Julius Waits received his MA in eco- 
nomics from Duke University in June, 
1956. He has accepted a position as 
business manager of Lambuth College 
in Jackson, Tennessee. 

A National Methodist Student Award 
has been given to Yeager Hudson by the 
General Board of Education of the 
Methodist Church. Yeager and his wife, 
Louise Hight, are living in Boston, where 
he is attending Boston University. 

Among those to receive advanced de- 
grees at Washing-ton University's 95th 
commencement on June 6 was William 
Beale Sheppard. He received a master's 
degree in hospital administration. 

Class of 1955 

Ellnora Riecken is teaching music at 
West Hialeah Junior High School in 
Hialeah, Florida, right next door to 
Miami and home of the famous Hialeah 
race track. 

Sybil Casbeer sent an interesting ac- 
count of her mission work in the Philip- 
pine Islands. She also reported that a 
Baptist misionary, Paul Eppinger, has 
presented her with an engagement ring. 

Harold Edwards entered Brite College 
of the Bible at Texas Christian Uni- 
versity this fall. He was ordained to 
the Christian ministry in Jackson's First 
Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, 
earlier in the year. 

Class of 1956 

Neal Biggers, who played a big role 
in Millsaps's Mock Democratic National 
Convention last spring-, served as a 
page at the real convention in Chicago. 
Neal entered the armed forces this fall 
and plans to study law after his tour of 

Adding his accomplishments to those 
of the class of '54 at the University 
of Mississippi Law School is Charles 
Deaton, who entered the school last 
summer and has maintained a B average. 

Burton Jackson reported to Newport, 
Rhode Island, in October to begis train- 
ing which will lead to a commission as 
an officer in the U. S. Naval Reserve. 

Harrison Ethridge will join Burton at 
Newport in December. He completed 
Navy recruit training at Bainbridge, 
Maryland, on October 20. 


(Continued from Page 22) 

Methodist Church in Alexander City, 

Rickie Webb, born May 12, 1956, to 
Lieutenant and Mrs. Steve W. Webb, Jr., 
in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Lieutenant 
Webb, BA '50, is serving in the Air 

Joel Timothy Youngblood, born Sep- 
tember 4, 1956, to the Reverend and Mrs. 
H. H. Youngblood, of Bolton, Mississippi. 
The Reverend Youngblood is a 1947 

Jennie Kathryn Reaves, born in Feb- 
ruary to Mr. and Mrs. George T. Reaves 
(Kathryn Runge, '47-'49), of Roxboro, 
North Carolina. She was also welcomed 
by Mike, 3. 

Gary Allen Sibbald, born Feburary 24 
in Saratoga, California, to Mr. and Mrs. 
Robert G. Sibbald. Mrs. Sibbald is the 
former Mary Ann Derrick, '53. 


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