Professor Johnson (CC class of 1956) graduated with a major in economics. He was hired as an instructor in the Business Administration and Economics Department immediately following his graduation. After receiving his M.A. in Economics from Stanford University in 1959, he was promoted to assistant professor in 1961, associate professor in 1969, and professor in 1980. Professor Johnson's most notable contribution to the college was as registrar from the implementation of the Block Plan in 1970 to 1990. During his tenure, he initiated computerization of student and course records, an innovative point system, and a writing program across the curriculum. Following his retirement in 1995, he continued to serve as the coach of the Colorado College Forensics Team, a position he held for over 40 years.
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.
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.
A noted composer and music theorist, Professor Carlton Gamer received his Bachelors in Music from Northwestern University in 1950, and his Masters from Boston University in 1951. He came to Colorado College first in 1953 as an accompanist for the dance program. From 1954 through 1960, he was a full-time instructor in the music department. He became assistant professor in 1960; associate professor in 1966; and served as a full professor from 1974 until his retirement in 1994. Besides his talents as a composer and teacher of music, Professor Gamer also has had a great interest in Asian culture and philosophy and mathematical thought. A conscientious objector, Professor Gamer counseled many young men about the draft.
Professor Paul Kutsche, "Buzz," was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on January 3, 1927. He received a B.A. from Harvard College in 1949; his M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Michigan in 1955; and his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1961. Kutsche came to Colorado College in the fall of 1959 as an assistant professor of sociology and anthropology. He is credited with creating a separate Anthropology Department in 1964. He was named professor in 1970, and finally professor emeritus in 1993. Author of many articles in professional journals, he also co-authored, with John Van Ness, a book entitled Canones. He has been an active advocate of homosexual rights in Colorado and around the country.
Mr. Wilber "Bill" Lamb Bowers was a well-known Colorado Springs photographer. His maternal grandfather was Henry Lamb, a pioneer chemist and assayer who taught in the Colorado College Chemistry Department and who was the photographer of the famous early Cutler Hall photo. Bill Bowers' mother also taught in the Chemistry Department, and his father, Clarence Bowers, taught in the College Conservatory of Music from 1896 to 1905. Bill Bowers was a 1927 graduate of the University of Arizona, served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and, after the war, established a photography business in Colorado Springs with his brother-in-law, Lloyd Knutson. Knutson-Bowers Photographers had a long association with Colorado College.
Albert Seay came to Colorado College in 1953, after completing his dissertation at Yale. Dr. Seay was professor of music and head of the music department at Colorado College until 1982, when he retired. He established the Colorado College Music Press in 1955, which focuses on publishing translations and transcriptions of music. His interview discusses the growth of the Music Department, the Music Press, and the changes in music students during his career.
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.
Joseph Douglas Mertz, a 1938 graduate of Ursinus College, received his law degree from Yale Law School in 1942. After two years teaching law at Dickinson Law School in Carlyle, Pennsylvania, he joined the Political Science Department at Colorado College in 1948, as assistant professor. He became associate professor and chairman of the department in 1953. He served as chairman until 1972 and retired in 1982. In addition to his faculty appointment, he also served the college as legal consultant from 1970 to 1982, and as general secretary from 1982 through 1983. He discusses the effects of McCarthyism during the Gill presidency, the growth of the Political Science Department, the effects of the Block Plan, and his work with President Worner and the Board of Trustees.
Professor Ormes (CC class of 1926) taught English at Colorado College from 1952 to 1973. He was also well known and highly regarded as a mountaineer, raconteur and author of several books, including A Guide to the Colorado Mountains, Colorado Skylines, Pike's Peak Atlas, Tracking Colorado's Ghost Railroads and Railroads and the Rockies. Born in Colorado Springs in 1904, Ormes was the son of Manly Ormes, former head librarian of Coburn Library, Colorado College. Ormes recounts his memories of growing up around Colorado College and his adventures in the nearby mountains.
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.
Edward H. Honnen was born in Pueblo, Colorado on April 17, 1899, and grew up in Colorado Springs. In the midterm of 1917, he entered Colorado College, where he excelled in three sports: basketball, track, and especially football, for which he was named the Rocky Mountain Conference's All Conference Tackle. When his father died in 1920, Honnen assumed control of the family's construction business. Over the years, he became a highly successful general contractor, involved in many important regional projects such as the building of Ft. Carson, Peterson Field, and various aspects of the Denver and Colorado Springs water systems. Around 1949, he became President of the McCoy Caterpillar Company, until his retirement in 1965, when he pursued team roping in the Old Timer's Rodeo Circuit. He is a member of the Cowboy Hall of Fame and the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. His many philanthropies have included: Colorado College Ice Rink, the donation of Western Art to the Fine Arts Center, and the Orchid House at the Denver Botanical Gardens. From 1946 to 1950, he served as a Colorado College Alumni Trustee and then as a Charter Trustee from 1960-1983. He received two Honorary Degrees from Colorado College, the first in 1960 and another in 1983. His autobiography, Tally Ho, contains further details of his life and many accomplishments.
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.
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.
Dorothy Printup Hulbert Bryson was an instructor in Greek and Latin at Colorado College from 1921-1925. In 1923 she married history professor and noted historian Archer Butler Hulbert who became head of the Stewart Commission on Western History. After his death in 1933, she served as editor of the Commission until 1941. She returned to Colorado College between 1951 and 1960, working in various capacities: as head resident, summer school secretary, and part-time English instructor. She was active in many community organizations including the Woman's Educational Society. She received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Colorado College in 1989. Her third husband was A. Earl Bryson (CC class of 1911).
Professor Carter joined the faculty in the Department of History at Colorado College in 1945. Carter talks about people who were at the college during that time (Hershey, Abbott, Malone, Worner). Many of the students were WWII veterans. Because faculty salaries were very low (highest salary was $3600), Carter organized the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) chapter and worked with President Gill to draft salary ranks and faculty tenure policies. Carter talks about the effects of the McCarthy era on the Colorado College campus, and President's Gill's defense of those targeted. He resigned as History Department Chair in 1959. Carter was curator of the Hulbert Collection of Western Americana. He talks about his own writing: western fur trade, Hafen sketches of mountain men, Kit Carson, limerick writing, and his philosophy of teaching.
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.
Professor Bernard Arnest, a Denver native born in 1917, was a professor of art at Colorado College from 1957â1982. He was Chairman of the Art Department for 17 of those 25 years. A noted painter whose works have been exhibited at various galleries throughout the country, Arnest received his formal training at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center School of Art from 1935 to 1939.
Professor Ray O. Werner taught in the Colorado College Economics Department from 1948 until his retirement in 1987, giving him one of the longest tenures of any faculty member in the history of the college. Born in Edgar, Nebraska in 1922, Werner received his A.B. at Hastings College in 1942, his M.A. in 1947, and his Ph.D. in 1960, both from the University of Nebraska. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and as an Army and Air Force Reservist for many years thereafter. Not only was he chairman of the Colorado College Department of Business Administration and Economics from 1956 through 1977, but he also served the college on numerous committees, including the Athletics Board from 1960 to 1982. He was a founder of the college's chapter of Pi Gamma Mu, and co-founder of Blue Key. Among his many contributions to the Colorado Springs community, Werner has served as president of the United Way, president of the Chamber of Commerce, and member of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Springs National Bank, United Bank of Colorado Springs. The recipient of several awards for outstanding teaching, Professor Werner also contributed to many publications in the field of economics, notably as editor of the Legal Developments in Marketing section of the Journal of Marketing.
Professor Wallace Boyce was a faculty member in the Romance Languages Department at Colorado College from 1950 until his retirement in 1979. He received his B.A. from Williams, his M.A. from Middlebury, and his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1956. Before coming to Colorado College, Boyce served in the Army at Camp Carson in the 1940s, and was an intelligence officer in the European Theater in the Second World War. He also coached the Colorado College tennis team from 1953 to 1958, sang in the Colorado College choir for many years and was chairman of the Romance Languages department between 1958 and 1967.
William A. Fischer was a faculty member in the Geology Department at Colorado College from 1949-1982, becoming department chair in 1978. In 1959, commissioned by the United States National Park Service, he conducted a study of the disastrous earthquake in Yellowstone National Park. This study resulted in a series of articles entitled, "Yellowstone's Living Geology." Professor Fischer recalls colleagues, presidents, and changes in the campus, including the transition to the Block Plan.
Betty Young was born October 22, 1919 in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from Grinnell College with a B.A. in Physical Education in 1942 and from University of Colorado with an M.S. in Physical Education in 1951. She came to Colorado College in 1956 as instructor and director of the Women's Physical Education program until her retirement in 1975. She discusses development of women's sports and Title IX.
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.
Grace Brannon arrived in Colorado Springs with her parents in 1916 and attended Columbia grade school and Colorado Springs High School. As a student at Colorado College, she majored in romance languages (CC class of 1927). Mrs. Brannon describes the importance of social and athletic activities during her time as a student at Colorado College, including: attitudes towards sex (1920's), the Bruin Inn, Minerva Society, cars, alcohol, dances, clothing, athletics, homecoming, and Colorado College songs. She talks about memorable professors: Charles Latimer, Rebecca Hartness, Robert F. Snyder, Ralph J. Gilmore. Administrators whom she remembers were: Manly Ormes, President Charles Mierow, Mabel Barbee Lee. She reflects on her work as an alumni trustee from 1958 to 1964. Other interests discussed are the League of Women Voters and the Democratic Party.
Dorothy Mierow was the daughter of the late Charles C. Mierow, who was Professor of Classics at Colorado College and President of the College from 1925 to 1934. When he returned to Colorado College to reintroduce classics in the mid-fifties, Dorothy Mierow returned with him. She served as lecturer in geography in 1955 and then as curator of the Colorado College Museum from 1956 to 1962. After that time, she lived in Nepal as a Peace Corps volunteer, and later as a regular faculty member in the geography department of the Prithvi Narayan campus in Pokhara, where she established a museum library in memory of her parents. Ms. Mierow recalls life on campus during her childhood and her father's presidency including the construction of Shove Chapel, the Forestry School and many faculty members including: Albright, Drucker, Parker, Blakely, and Malone.