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Class Notes

As the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the founding of Tech is here, we think of those precious companionships and associations which have sustained us all these years. Our class has a man of unusual charm and distinction who ties us up with the best in those early days. That man is Ambrose Walker, son of Technology's third president. Here are some statements of what we as a class think of Ambrose.... Linfield Damon writes: "When at Winter Park, Fla., several years ago I used to see him almost daily, and became very fond of him. He has a delightful personality and resembles his father in his quiet and gentle manner."... Harry Cole of North Pembroke, Mass., says: "We had no common interests at Tech, so I know him only as a class member and a very agreeable acquaintance at class reunions. Wish I knew him better."... Ernest Tappan writes: "I knew him quite well at the Institute. His father was president while we were there and he was intimate with my cousin, Lewis Hooper Tappan, '96. Ambrose took the course in architecture and later built a house in Florida where he spent most of his time. He is a fine fellow and has come to look exactly like his father."... And Ed Earl: "While we were in M.I.T. I saw very little of Ambrose, as we were about at opposite ends of the alphabet, and in very different courses. But at Alumni meetings of '91 I did get to know him quite well. Like his father, our President, he was a good listener, not talkative unless he had something to say, and then one knew that he knew what he was talking about. Ambrose is a very companionable person once you really get to know him."... Ambrose is quite feeble now, as I suppose most of us are, but I am sure he will appreciate knowing how some of us think of him. We send him our affectionate regards, and very warm wishes. His address is 370 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston 15, Mass.—William Channing Brown, Secretary, 36 Foster Street, Littleton, Mass.

Recently the secretary received the following account of the career of Dr. Arthur M. Worthington who died at his home in Dedham in November, 1959: "A lifelong resident, Dr. Worthington was graduated from Bostom English High School in 1888 and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1892. He earned an M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School, cum laude, in 1896. He was assistant bacteriologist at Harvard Medical School from 1905 to 1912, and bacteriologist for the Dedham Health Department from 1911 to 1940. He was with the A.E.F. in France and Germany in 1918-19 in the Medical Corps. Dr. Worthington was a member of the American Medical Association, Massachusetts Medical Society, American Legion, and a Mason. He was president of the Dedham Historical Society from 1940 to 1956. In 1936 he was chairman of the Dedham tercentenary committee. He was a vestryman of St. Paul Church from 1909 to 1938, and was also author of the official history of the church. Dr. Worthington leaves a son, Arthur M., Jr., of Methuen; a daughter, Alice, wife of Dr. Stanley Kimball of Dedham; two brothers, John W., of Boston, and Alvan F. here; and seven grandchildren."— Charles E. Fuller, Secretary, P. O. Box 144, Wellesley, Mass.

The secretary regrets to report the death of another of our original members, Milton M. Wheeler, who died at Sarasota, Fla., on February 3, 1961. Wheeler came from Kentucky, and was a student in the Department of Civil Engineering, but left after two years, and returned to Kentucky. Information as to his professional activities is extremely limited, but for many years he was located at Central City, Ky., Subsequent to 1948 he retired to Sarasota, Fla., where he lived in retirement. An attempt will be made to secure information from his widow, which perhaps can be recorded later.

The secretary, at the time of writing these notes, is about to fly to Los Angeles for a few days with friends, and then to San Francisco to attend the annual meeting of the Refrigeration Research Foundation, of which he was elected honorary chairman of the Board of Governors at the 1960 meeting. He will have the pleasure of introducing Prof. Cecil G. Dunn, '30, of the Department of Food Technology, who has been elected a member of the Scientific Advisory Council, assuming the place made vacant by the death of Prof. B. E. Proctor, '23, also of the same department. The secretary also hopes to have a day with Jack Nowell at his lovely home at Hillsborough.— Samuel C. Prescott, Secretary, Room 16-317, M.I.T., Cambridge, Mass.

According to our '95 Constitution we should hold our Annual meeting next month in June at the time of the M.I.T. Alumni Day. we can do so before, during, or after the Alumni luncheon usually enjoyed under the tents on the Great Court. If you expect to attend in person, drop us a line so that we can make the reservation. If you do not expect to come, send us a line just the same and include the latest news about yourself and any suggestions for class actions.

We miss hearing from our old friend in California, Dorville Libby, Jr., who left us behind last December 14. Dorville was born June 24, 1872 at San Francisco, Calif., and came to M.I.T. with the over 400 who formed the Freshman Class of '95. Before entering M.I.T. he attended the University of California, 1890-91. He remained at M.I.T. for the full four-year Course VI, Electrical Engineering, returning each year from San Francisco, and he graduated in June of 1895 as one of our class of 225.

On leaving M.I.T. with his S.B. he returned to San Francisco, turned down an opportunity to take a chair of physics in a local technical college at $1,200 per annum, and went to work for the Union Iron Works at 10 cents per hour. Six months later he worked as chief engineer for the Pelton Water Wheel Company, then as chief engineer of Byron Jackson Pump Works. On April 21, 1896, he was married to Josephine Mansfield. Their son, John Mansfield Libby, was born April 22, 1899, and their daughter, Constance Mansfield Libby, was born September 14, 1907.

In 1899 with Edgar A. Boeseke, Course II, he established the Sunset Automobile Company in San Francisco, thus becoming a pioneer auto manufacturer. He said: "One thing we didn't learn at Tech was the science of promotion." The struggle was hard, but in 1905 a new factory was built and property seemed near when all was ended in the San Francisco disaster of April 18, 1906. The city's ashes were still hot when Harry Knox of Springfield, Mass., engaged him as chief engineer of the Knox Motor Car Company, later the Atlas Motor Car Company. After two years he was employed on design work by Chalmers Motor Car Company. Returning to San Francisco, he entered municipal employment in the design and construction of street railways. A serious and protracted illness terminated his employment by the city and also rendered impossible any participation in war activities. By the time he was physically fit,

Happy Birthday
This month we extend congratulations to two Alumni who will celebrate 85th birthdays and to 12 who will become 80. They are listed below with dates of birth.
May, 1876—HENRY M. BROCK '00, on the 8th and JOHN L. DAKIN '00, on the 31st.
May, 1881—GILMAN B. JOSLIN '05, and OLIVER P. SCUDDER '03, on the 3rd; EDWIN G. KINTNER '08, on the 5th; FRANK E. MOTT '08, on the 9th; FREDRIC MENNER '07, on the 11th; WILLIAM R. GREELY '02, on the 12th; HERBERT W. OLMSTED '05, on the 15th; JASPER E. CRANE '04, on the 17th; GEORGE R. WALWORTH '04, on the 22nd; AUSTIN Y. HOY '04 on the 26th; HARRY WIGGIN '05 on the 27th; and REBECCA DODD '06, on the 31st.

With the addition of these names, the honor roll of the Alumni Association now contains one centenarian, 92 nonagenarians, and 772 octogenarians.

May, 1961
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