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Norwich Confers Degrees on 41 At 118th Graduation HONORARY TITLES Col. Gorrell, Head of U.S. Air Transportation Co., Speaker at Military College Commencement. AIKEN IS HONORED Governor Receives Doctor of Science Degree, Awards Diplomas to 35 Members of Cadet Corps. (Special to The Herald.) NORTHFIELD, June 7.—Six honorary degrees and 35 scholastic degrees were conferred today by Norwich university at the 118th annual commencement of the oldest engineering and military school in the country. The exercises were held in the armory before a colorful crowd of distinguished and invited guests, sons of Norwich, members of the faculty and the entire cadet student body. Gov. George D. Aiken, who was honored with a degree of doctor of science, awarded the scholastic degrees, while Dr. Porter H. Adams, president of the university, conferred the honorary degrees. The commencement address was delivered by the Col. Edgar S. Gorrell of Chicago, president of the Air Transport Association of America and noted figure in American aviation, who was also the recipient of an honorary degree. Taking as his theme, "Standing Upon the Threshold of a Profession," Col. Gorrell compared the training and ideals of his alma mater, West Point, to that of Norwich and emphasized that "Obedience to Law Is Liberty" and that a nation's soldiery is essential to the maintenance of a free government. Col. Gorrell told the graduates that the fundamental concept to be carried untarnished through life is the trinity: "Duty, Honor and Country." Democracy on Trial. "It is not an idle statement," said the speaker, "to say that democratic institutions are with us today on trial. I am convinced that our continued democracy must depend not alone upon the genius, capacity, and unselfishness of our leaders of thought in the professional world, but must depend primarily upon such men as you, imbued with the traditions of Norwich, love of country, duty to our fellowmen and, above all, honor upon all occasions. Col. Gorrell said that too many colleges today are turning out graduates that lack the qualities that the Puritan forefathers implanted in our hearts. He said that communism and all other "isms" will increase and "will destroy this land of freedom unless graduates such as you can prevail over those from other, and even larger, institutions in which the 'widow's mite of learning' has not been accompanied by devotion to the fundamental principles of duty, honor, and country." "If you, as future leaders in industry and education, play well your unselfish part you will assure to an ever progressing country the blessings of free government," he declared. "I have always believed that the aristocracy of any country should be the men and women who have succeeded—the men and women who have aided in the upbuilding of their country—the men and women who have contributed to the efficiency and happiness of their fellow men. If America is to have an aristocracy, then let it be so builded and out future will be safe," concluded the speaker. Honorary Degrees Distinguished honors were conferred upon six leading figures in spheres of legal, scientific, banking and political activities. Honorary degrees were received by the following: [image] DR. PORTER H. ADAMS Gov. George David Aiken of Putney, prominent in the republican party of the state. By occupation he is a farmer and plant grower. He was a member of the House of Representatives in 1931 and 1933 and speaker in 1933. He was awarded the honorary degree of doctor of science. Walter Alden Dane, a native of Newport, is a practicing attorney in Boston and is a resident of Newton Center, Mass. He was confidential secretary to the secretary of the United States Navy in 1907 and 1908. He is a member of the American and Massachusetts bar associations and is a graduate of the University of Vermont in 1903 and an alumnus of the George Washington University Law school. He received the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws. Willis Ray Gregg, a native of Phoenix, N.Y., and now chief of the United States Weather bureau in Washington, was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Science. He resides in Takoma Park, Md. Gregg is noted for the part he has played in organizing weather bureau service for commercial airways activities since 1926. He is a member of many meteorological societies and is the author of several scientific works. He is a graduate of Cornell university in 1903 and has been connected with the U. S. Weather bureau since 1904. Jerome Davis Greene of New York, who was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws, has been associated with John D. Rockefeller in the management of his wide business and philanthropic interests and is widely known in American and foreign banking circles. He is a graduate of Harvard in the class of 1896 and attended Harvard law school and the University of Geneva in Switzerland. Col. Edgar S. Gorrell of Chicago, who delivered the commencement address, was the recipient of the honorary degree of doctor of science. An industrial engineer by profession, Col. Gorrell left his own investment company in 1936 to devote his entire time to formulating a solid business foundation for the air line industry of America. During the World war, Col. Gorrell was chief of the American air corps in Europe. He graduated from West Point in 1912 and is trustee of Norwich university. Eugene Leslie White of New York, a native of North Bennington, Vt., has achieved wide fame through his associations and executive ability with various public utility companies. He is a veteran of the World war and served in Europe in the infantry with the rank of captain. White, who graduated from Norwich in 1914, is a trustee of the university. He was awarded the honorary degree of Master of Science. Scholastic Honors. Lieut.-Col. Arthur E. Winslow, dean of the university, awarded scholastic honors to the following members of the graduating class. Highest Honors—Claude M. Campbell, jr., of Manchester Center. High Honors—William K. Durbon of Junction City, Kan., Philip M. Hawes of North Dartmouth, Mass., Stanley N. Johnson of Brockton, Mass., and Everett H. Swett of Nashua, N. H. Honors—William S. Crittenden of Otis, Mass., Arsenio R. Fernandez of Northfield, Andrew B. Harkness of Nyack, N.Y., and John D. Wallstrom of Montpelier. Following the graduation exercises, President Porter H. Adams tendered a luncheon to alumni and invited guests. This was followed at 2 o'clock by a review to distinguished guests. Commencement activities came to a close with the final parade after which cadet militry promotions were announced by Maj. Charles R. Johnson, U. S. Cavalry, and commandant of the university. In a final gesture of farewell to their Alma Mater, the senior cadets, following a traditional Norwich custom, cast their yellow gloves upon the greensward. The following cadets received degrees: BACHELOR OF ARTS. Arsenio Ramon Fernandez, Northfield; John Stephen Gerety, jr., Worcester, Mass; Charles A. Williams, jr., Winthrop, Mass. BACHELOR OF SCIENCE. Daniel Edwin Carr, North Haverhill, N. H.; Donald Palmer Chace, Lexington, Mass.; Robert F. Chilson, Attleboro, Mass.; Frank James Chiolino, Ludlow; Joseph Aram Guerin, Woonsocket, R.I.; Andrew Brown Harkness, Nyack, N.Y.; John Wilson Hosmer, Sharon Mass.; Busey Hunt Howard, Washington, D.C.; John Richard Kelly, jr., Newport, N.H.; Elias Frederic Liakos, Belmont, Mass.; Earle Warren Mumley, Malone, N.Y.; Charles John Smith, Rutland; Paul Bartholomew Sullivan, West Hartford, Conn.; Everett Harold Swett, Nashua, N.H.; Vincent James Tranfaglia, Winchester, Mass. BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN CHEMISTRY. Dean R. Rexford, Johnson; James Francis Whitney, Bennington. BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN CIVIL ENGINEERING. William Sumner Crittendon, Otis, Mass.; William Kregar Durbon [continued top margin] Junction City, Kan; Ritchie Garrison, Waban, Mass.; Stanley Nathan Johnson, Brockton, Mass.; Richard Weymouth Loheed, Brockton, Mass. BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING. Gordon Bennett Browne, Burlington; Claude Melnotte Campbell, jr., Manchester Center; James Charles Eacmen, Gardner, Mass.; Kenneth Chauncy Elliott, Bristol; Philip Mosher Hawes, North Dartmouth, Mass.; George Prentice, Pelham Manor, N. Y.; John Duke Wallstrom, Montpelier; Samuel Russell White, Northfield; Sterling Kingsley Wright, Saxtons River; William Lawrence Zapponi, Proctor. [right margin] RUTLAND DAILY HERALD, TUESDAY MORNING, JUNE 8, 1937.
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