William Woodson Tyree,was Professor of Speech and Drama at Colorado College from 1944 to 1968. A native of West Virginia, "Chief Tyree," as he was commonly known, grew up in Durant, Oklahoma, received his B.A. in English from Oklahoma University in 1926, and his M.A. from the State University of Oklahoma in 1938. Before coming to Colorado College, he taught school for 17 years in Ponca City, Oklahoma. While at Colorado College, Professor Tyree established the first FM radio station in the Rocky Mountain region, KRCC-FM, and produced many plays and variety shows in addition to his teaching duties.
Jean Armstrong Jones (CC class of 1944) graduated with a B. A. degree in English and her husband, Gerald L. Jones, a member of the Naval V-12 Unit, was assigned to Colorado College from 1943-1945. Jean Armstrong Jones has a particularly long association with the college. Both of her parents graduated from Colorado College in 1899. Her father, Willis R. Armstrong, for whom Armstrong Hall is named, served as a trustee of the college from 1903 until 1956, and numerous members of her family also attended Colorado College. Gerald Jones has been associated with the Colorado Springs National Bank since 1946. Jean Jones provides memories of her childhood in Colorado Springs. Both Mr. and Mrs. Jones describe life on campus during World War II.
Fred A. Sondermann was born in Horn, Germany, in 1923 and came to the United States in 1939. He received his B.A. from Butler University in 1949, his M.A. from Indiana University in 1950, and his Ph.D. in international relations from Yale University in 1953. Professor Sondermann was a member of the Department of Political Science from 1953 to 1978. He served as Associate Dean of the College from 1962 to 1965, and as Director of the Colorado College Symposium Series from 1963 through 1968. Actively involved in civic affairs, he served on the Colorado Springs City Planning Commission, the City Council, and the Colorado Land Use Commission.
Elizabeth Van Valkenburgh Lindeman (CC class of 1946) describes her perspective as a student during the turbulent and unsettled years of World War II. While a student at Colorado College, Elizabeth Lindeman was a psychology major, a member of Gamma Phi Beta, president of the Associated Women Students, a member of the Quadrangle Association, the Joint Student/Faculty Emergency Council, and numerous other college activities.
Mrs. Constance Postlethwaite Murray and her sister, Mrs. Isabel Postlethwaite Greiner provide memories of their student days and their recollections of their father, William W. Postlethwaite, who served as General Palmer's personal secretary, and then as treasurer of Colorado College from 1911 to 1940 and as curator of the Colorado College museum from 1940 until his death in 1955. Mrs. Murray (CC class of 1932) served as an alumni trustee from 1954 to 1957. Mrs. Greiner (CC class of 1925) completed her Colorado College studies as a special student at the affiliated Academy of Fine Arts.
The Colorado College yearbook, published 1900-2007, was known as The Pikes Peak Nugget from 1900-1941 and The Nugget or Colorado College Nugget afterward. Year on cover differs from title page in some years.