Professor C. William T. Penland received his B.A. in 1920 from the University of Wyoming and his Ph.D. in Biology in 1925 from Harvard University. Except for a period of military service during World War II, and a semester in South America, he taught at Colorado College continuously from 1922 until his retirement in 1968, serving on the faculty longer than anyone else in the institution's history. An avid mountaineer, Dr. Penland was particularly well-known for his studies of the fungi and algae of Alpine tundra. His interview includes descriptions of the low faculty salaries, the Biology Department and Forestry School, the appearance of campus and Colorado Springs, President Duniway's administration, and the Alpine Laboratories of the Carnegie Institution (located three miles up the Cog Railway.) He talks about his extracurricular activities: mountaineering, hiking with Saturday Knights, Round Table Club, and searching for new plants.
Evaline McNary arrived at Colorado College in 1934 as the dietician and eventually became the Director of Residence Halls. She describes the conditions of the residence halls upon her arrival - including an ice box and 1907 coal stove. She describes the formal meals in Bemis, social policies, men's housing and dining, Quonset huts for married veteran students, and co-ed dorms. From 1934 to 1976 she saw her responsibilities grow from 60 women in 2 residence halls to 1250 students in 17 halls, plus the management of 55 to 60 rental units.
Mary Carolyn Bloom Vickerman (CC class of 1932) was a native of Colorado Springs and her husband, Sam Vickerman (CC class of 1933), was a native of Westcliffe, Colorado. Mrs. Vickerman worked for the college almost from the time she became a student. As an undergraduate, she was an assistant at Coburn Library, as well as in a number of biology labs. In 1933 and 1934, she served as the night librarian at Coburn Library, and then from 1935 through 1940, was the secretary to the Colorado College Men's Athletic Department. In 1946, she began working at the Colorado College Bookstore in Lennox House, and in 1949 became the manager of the bookstore until her retirement in 1969. She was a life member of the Woman's Educational Society at Colorado College.
Dr. William Drea was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on September 5, 1885. Dr. Drea arrived in Colorado Springs in 1917 as a tuberculosis patient, having been a faculty member of the Harvard Dental School before becoming ill. A dentist and a radiologist, he was a lecturer on X-ray in the physics department at Colorado College from 1922 through 1960. From 1928 through 1952 he was also Associate Research Director at the Colorado Foundation for Research in Tuberculosis. At the time of his interview, Dr. Drea was 91 and still a frequent visitor to Tutt Library. He was known for his lively conversation and keen sense of humor which made him a favorite among the library staff. He always wore a fresh cut flower in his coat lapel. He describes Colorado College faculty and administrators: Professor Cajori, Manly Ormes, Louise Kampf, Professor Tileston, Presidents Duniway and Mierow, along with memories of the Cragmor Sanitorium.
Dr. Edward B. Liddle (CC class of 1943) and his wife, Evelyn Johnson Liddle (CC class of 1943) were both natives of Colorado Springs. Dr. Liddle was born on July 11, 1922, was a member of Phi Gamma Beta fraternity while at Colorado College, and graduated with a degree in biology. Dr. Liddle has been a general and thoracic surgeon in Colorado Springs since 1955. Mrs. Liddle was born on July 27, 1921, was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and the Koshare drama club while at Colorado College, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. Among the topics they discuss was the impact of the outbreak of World War II on the campus.
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.
Professor Boucher (CC class of 1918), Department of Physics, came to Colorado College as a student in 1915. He describes the lab facilities in Palmer Hall and his work with wireless radios and soldiers on campus during WWI. After serving one year in the Army in the Signal Corps, Boucher went to graduate school, and then returned to CC to teach physics from 1921 to 1924. Following a year as instructor at Rice University, he came back to Colorado College in 1925 and taught until his retirement in 1961. Professor Boucher is especially well known for his work in the field of photography. Professor Boucher talks about the Depression's effect on the College, salary cuts, building of Shove Chapel, Saturday Knights, Manly Ormes, Arthur Blakely, and Earl Bryson. He also discusses the publishing of his photography books and photographic travel.
Professor Otis Barnes taught chemistry at Colorado College from 1925-1962. He was active in the formation of the athletics policy at Colorado College, and also, along with his wife, endowed the Barnes Chemistry Scholarships for Colorado College chemistry majors. Barnes discusses the department, the curriculum, the faculty and the effect of WWII on the campus. He provides a brief history of the hockey program, including star players at the time and the involvement of El Pomar and the Broadmoor.
Effie Stroud Frazier, (CC class of 1931) was one of the first African-American women to attend Colorado College and one of seven members of the well-known Stroud family to attend Colorado College. She was the first recipient of the Sachs scholarship. In her interview, Effie Frazier discusses race relations in Colorado Springs during the Depression and her experiences as a minority student at Colorado College.
William D. Copeland (CC class of 1919) served as instructor in English and secretary of the College from 1920 to 1935. He later served as president of Lincoln College in Lincoln, Illinois, vice president of Lake Forest College in Illinois, president of Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana, and pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Polson, Montana. Copeland gives his impressions of Colorado College both before and after World War I, including memories of Presidents Slocum, Duniway, Mierow, and Davies. He talks about the effects of the Depression,"straight-laced CC" in the 1920's, athletic teams, fraternities, and the San Luis School. Faculty mentioned in the interview: Cajori, Schneider, Parsons, Blum, Parrish, Hills, Howe, Hulbert, Gilmore, Strieby, and Okey.
A graduate of Colorado College (CC class of 1925), Professor Howard M. Olson taught physics at Colorado College between 1925 and 1969. He completed graduate work at the University of California at Berkeley. Olson remembers: Professors Tileston, Lovitt, Sisam, Daehler, Swart, Boucher, Wright and Presidents Duniway and Mierow. In his interview Olson also talks about classwork, fraternities (Pi Kappa Alpha - engineering), dances at the Broadmoor, Bruin Inn, his teaching philosophy, students during the late sixties, and the building of Olin Hall.
Donald J. Haney (CC class of 1933) was originally from Mississippi, but later grew up in Colorado Springs when his family moved to the city for his fatherâs health. Haney talks about the social life at the College, his role as a cheerleader, golf team member, campus athletics, professors, friends who have become prominent citizens and college supporters, his beloved wife, Gratia Belle Blackman (whom he met at Colorado College), the library and librarian, and being a musician in dance bands at Colorado College. After graduating he moved to Chicago to become a professional musician, but Miss Blackman and Coloradoâs blue skies prompted his return to Colorado Springs. Mr. Haney attended law school at the University of Colorado and practiced law with his brother in Colorado Springs until he retired.
Professor Krutzke was a member of the English department at Colorado College from 1939-1971. He talks about his impressions of professors Daehler, Ellis, McCue, Bramhall, Abbott, and Gilmore. Krutzke discusses life at Colorado College during World War II, including student Bert Stiles, a pilot in the war who wrote a well known book, Serenade to the Big Bird. He gives impressions of the administration after the war and his involvement with the formation of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) chapter at Colorado College. He also discusses the changes that President Benezet brought to the College, the McCarthy era, Colorado College students from 1939 to the 1970s, and the Block Plan.
Lillian Bueno McCue, whose pen name is Lillian de la Torre, was born in New York City on March 15, 1902, received her B.A. at New Rochelle College in 1921, an M.A. from Columbia University in 1927, and another M.A. from Harvard in 1933. Her field of study is 18th Century English literature. Her husband George McCue, whom she married in 1932, taught English at Colorado College from 1935 to 1962. Lillian McCue was a well-known mystery writer of several novels, numerous short stories, and 12 plays, most notably Goodbye, Miss Lizzie Borden. She referred to herself as a histo-detector, researching unsolved mysteries of the past, particularly using the 18th century characters of Dr. Sam Johnson and his friend Boswell as central figures.
Sallie Payne Morgan came to Colorado College as Assistant Dean of Women in 1949, and became the Dean of Women the following year. One of her main interests was recruiting girls with good academic records and procuring funding for them. Another priority of Dean Morgan was addressing restrictive social rules for women. She describes the discussions about women's dorm hours, her effort to extend them and to lighten the punishments for infringements. She instituted an honor dorm and eventually replaced the older dorm directors with younger women. Morgan talks about memorable people: President Gill, Dean Lew Worner, Glenn Gray, George McCue, Howard Olson, and Frank Krutzke. She retired at 65 in 1957 but returned in 1964 to work as a part-time receptionist at Tutt Library staying for twelve years (retired at age 81).
Rosemary Harley Prindle (CC class of 1943), known by her friends as Cullie, was a native of Colorado Springs, born October 2, 1921. She entered Colorado College in 1939, and graduated with a B.A. in English. As a Colorado College student, she was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and active in the Koshare Drama Club. Her close friendship with fellow student Bert Stiles led to an exchange of correspondence until Stiles was shot down over Germany during World War II. She inherited a box of Stiles' manuscripts, including an unpublished novel, One Year, One Lifetime. Rosemary married fellow student, William Prindle, in 1945, and they had three children. She was on the board of the Woman's Educational Society, the Horticultural Arts Society, and ran her own retail business, Tesoras, for several years.
Mary Barkalow Joyce (CC class of 1938) came with her sister and widowed mother to Colorado College from California in 1934 when her mother was offered the position as Head Resident of Bemis Hall. As an entering freshman, Miss Barkalow was offered a job as a âhasherâ in Bemis. She talks about her enjoyment of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority; her professors, particularly her female professors as role models; her introduction to social work, which became her profession; campus social life; campus athletics; Murrayâs Drug Store; classes; chapel attendance; and her career in social work. She compares her college experience to that of her granddaughters who attended Colorado College. Grace Berkley Brannon (CC class of 1927) contributes to this interview.
Earl H. "Dutch" Clark, (CC class of 1930) who graduated from Colorado College as a biology major, remains CC's most famous athlete. A Pueblo, Colorado native, he became the first football player from the state of Colorado to be named All-American in 1928. He is a charter member of the Intercollegiate Football Hall of Fame, Rutgers, the National Professional Football League Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame, and the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. He was chosen as an all-pro quarterback for six consecutive years. Following a career as a professional football player (Portsmouth Spartans and Detroit Lions) and coach (Detroit Lions, Cleveland Rams, Detroit University), he later worked at the Michigan Tool and Die Company.
John Glackin âJackâ Murray (CC class of 1937/1938) graduated with a major in business. During his student days he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, the school band, and the staff of the Tiger newspaper, serving as business manager his senior year. His father, John W. Murray, and uncle, Joseph P. Murray, opened Murray's Drug Store in the Plaza Hotel Building (now Spencer Center) on the southwest corner of Cache la Poudre and Tejon Street in 1906. Jack Murray worked there during his childhood days and later took over the family business. Murray Drug Store served as a favorite Colorado College social center for many years and also as the college book store until Lennox House took over that function in the fall of 1941.