Viewing page 190 of 313

17'er at plus or minus 65 are in his inimitable style: "Like many of us, I hesitate about writing concerning myself, that is, for publication. My life is not full of accomplishment with a dozen grandchildren, millions of dollars made, false teeth in my mouth, a stomach specialist to keep me alive, and pills to make me sleep. I commented to my wife that I rated fairly high in the class of 1917 because not all of our illustrious class could drink a couple of quarts of booze each week, take lessons in tap-dancing, perform as a musician, and lose a few thousand bucks each year on Broadway shows. Last year, I organized a summer theater in Bristol, Pa,. where I was born and live, which lost $35,000. We had the biggest seating capacity of any such theater in the country and ran the best of Broadway stars and shows. Helen Hayes even graced our stage. Regardless of losses, it was a lot of fun. I've always had a yen for the theater, and I've done quite a bit of dramatic writing too and never made a cent. I own some bank stock and I noticed when the proxy came in that I voted for Walt Beadle and made him a director. Now I know how to raise the coin for my next theater venture. What I can't understand about so many of our classmates is how they can retire? For all the fellows, I intend to organize a gravedigger's society and prepare the holes in the ground. We'll get ready and bury them for free. The list is getting bigger every day. Perhaps retirement goes along with success. The road to the top took so much out of them that they take things too seriously, including themselves. When the world rests on your shoulders, you're finished. No humor and all worry. There's just one solution: go off on a good drunk. But in all seriousness, I envy the retirement boys. I have to work like hell, otherwise I couldn't have the fun of losing the money each year. I'm a manufacturers' representative. That's just another name for a salesman, or, in its final analysis, a peddler. I have some 500 customers, and travel three states including much of Europe each year. It's fairly profitable, and I wouldn't retire even if the money losses ceased. I like to travel--not the way the sucess boys do it--I travel on a shoestring. I like common people but I'll have to step up soon and join the gang at the 45th Reunion. I'll go into rehearsal now and get ready. There are still some heavy drinkers left. I'll start training. I'm a collector of dramatic works, and have some very rare volumes. My library has a couple thousand now and all first editions. Drop in and see me, I'm only 20 miles from Philadelphia."
The following is an accounting from W. Allan Moore, Jr.: "I graduated with the Class of 1915 at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, in Charleston, and in the fall of that year entered Tech, taking the course in architecture. While some of my subjects were in the Class of 1917, there were also some in the Class of 1918. Due to my military training, I became very restless when we declared war in the early part of 1917, and had an irresistible urge for the army. I received a commission in the regular army and left Boston on May 10, 1917. I served more than two years in the army, and went into Germany with the 90th Division. On returning to the States in 1919, I resigned from the army and returned to Charleston. I entered the manufacture of commercial fertilizer, and became an official and part owner of a local company. I worked hard and with good success. I retired in 1957 and am now enjoying the 'golden years.' My son is an engineer and my daughter is married to a plastic surgeon. They both live in Charleston so my wife and I enjoy them and the grandchildren." . . . Dick Catlett expects to attend the reunion and he wrote as follows: "Right now, having gotten myself off of the payroll of Catlett-Johnson Corporation, and being on a modest retainer as consultant, I find myself spending most of my time on M.I.T. Second Century Fund business. I am chairman for Virginia. My territory covers six widely-scattered cities, and any number of small groups over a 400-mile stretch. My wife and I still live within a few miles of our two sons and their families totaling six grandchildren. We have a daughter in Philadelphia, with another grandchild in prospect."
Thomas Searles was graduated from Mississippi State University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1909, followed by a B.S. from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1913, and a degree of M.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from M.I.T. in 1917. Subsequent to the outline of his record in our 30th Anniversary Class History, he entered finance and other businesses as president and owner. He was chairman of the board of Russell Manufacturing Company, Middletown, Conn., and in 1948 was selected by the Hoover Commission to make recommendations for reorganization of the Veterans Administration. He is now president and owner of Federal Yeast Corporation, Baltimore, Md., Gold Star Foods Company, Dundalk, Md., and Equity Investment Company, of Philadelphia. He writes: "I do recall with much pleasure many contacts which I made among the class personnel, although at that time we had separate quarters, separate classrooms for most of our courses, a separate library, and separate drafting rooms, since we had many confidential blueprints and plans. This spring I plan to take a trip south where I will probably attend my 52nd reunion at my first college. I graduated in Electrical Engineering at the tender age of 17 and-a-half."
Walter Beadle writes: "During January and February of this year I spent an appreciable amount of time as a member of a bipartisan committee appointed by the governor of Delaware. In 1958 I retired as an employee of the Du Pont Company, although I have continued as a director, and I am a member of its Audit Committee. The University of Delaware also claims some of my time as a trustee. I am a director of the Philadelphia National Bank and a trustee of the National Industrial Conference Board. On the whole, I am almost as busy as before I retired, but I do find a little more time to spend with our six grandchildren. And I still like to sail in the summer and ski in the winter." . . . Ed Payne advised us as follows: "I do plan to go to the 45th Reunion and am interested in the plans as they progress. I hope the 45th does not include 'the coldest clambake on record.' (Our 40th at Wentworth-by-the-Sea, Portsmouth, N.H.) You may know that when I retired from the Bell Telephone Labs, I took a job with N.S.A. where I now am in communication systems engineering. That is in line with my professional experience of more years than I like to talk about. My wife and I are in a nice little rented home in College Park which strikes me as one of the less repulsive parts of Maryland."
Vincent Panettiere writes: "I have been living in Sarasota (Fla.) for almost seven years and have enjoyed the balmy weather very much. I came down in the fall of 1954 to take charge of the Engineering Department of Visioneering Company, of Cleveland, in their new plant and enjoyed the work very much until I was retired in 1956. Since then I have spent some very leisurely hours doing some traveling and the things I wanted to do but never had the time." . . . Dutch duPont informs us: "So far as news of my preset occupation is concerned, I reside in a delightful community on the eastern shore of Maryland and operate a large farm. In addition to this diversion, I am a member of the Public Service Commission of Maryland which requires my presence in Baltimore about once a week. Strange as it may seem, I am retained on a consultant basis by to large engineering firms in New York which involves my visiting that horrible city about once a month. I go to Washington occasionally, as one of the banks there takes care of my finances."
Harry Toole, another DuPonter writes: "I am a gentleman of leisure these days as I retired from DuPont December 31, 1957 after spending 36 years of interesting service in their textile fibers and engineering departments. Shortly after retirement, we vacationed in the Bahamas and Florida and on our return to Swarthmore I had a medical check-up as I had been losing weight quite steadily. The result was four months in the hospital. The past two years have been devoted to casual living. We spend three months on Bailey Island, Maine, three winter months in Florida, and six months in Swarthmore, with side trips now and then to visit our son and grandchildren and other relatives on both sides of the family." . . . Max Mackler writes from Florida: "I retired from the Florida State Board of Health in 1954. Most of my time is occupied working with civic and philanthropic organizations, namely, Boy Scouts (awarded silver beaver, 1956), Blind Association, Tampa Urban League, Cerebral Palsy Clinic, etc. Fortunately, my wife enjoys traveling. Thus far we have visited all but a few of the states and have toured Canada, Europe, Mexico, and the Carribean Islands. I have a daughter, and grandchildren in Union, N.J. Living in Florida keeps us in good health and good spirits."
Here's some news from Dick Whitney: "There isn't much that I can write you about myself, except to report that I find

Please note that the language and terminology used in this collection reflects the context and culture of the time of its creation, and may include culturally sensitive information. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution, but is available in its original form to facilitate research. For questions or comments regarding sensitive content, access, and use related to this collection, please contact