Varina Margaret âMarkaâ Webb was born in Colorado Springs on May 13, 1905, the eldest of five children of Dr. Gerald Bertram Webb, a noted physician, and Varina Howell Davis Webb, the granddaughter of Jefferson Davis. Marka graduated from Oldfield School in Glencoe, Maryland, in 1924, and married Colorado Springs attorney Gerald W. Bennett, on January 7, 1926. They were the parents of two sons, Gerald and Charles, before Mr. Bennett's untimely death in 1936. As a young widow, Marka served as a companion to her father until his own death in 1948. In 1956, she married John Wolcott Stewart, son of Philip B. Stewart, longtime trustee of Colorado College. Her numerous community interests included the Webb-Waring Lung Institute, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Symphony Orchestra and Opera Festival, and the Woman's Educational Society.
Professor of Psychology Gilbert R. Johns, who received his Ph.D. from the University of Indiana, came to Colorado College in 1962, following a teaching appointment at Ohio University. His specialties have been in sensory psychology and perception and the history of science and psychology. Professor Johns served as the Dean of the Colorado College Summer Session for 15 years, from 1965 to 1981. He was director of the Colorado Opera Festival from 1970 to 1978. From 1982 to 1992 he was critic at large for the Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph. He retired in 1996.
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.
William Gile âTimâ Boddington (CC class of 1972) was a Colorado Springs native. He attended Lake Forest College in Illinois during the 1968-69 academic year but transferred to Colorado College in the fall of 1969 and graduated with a B.S. in geology. His interview includes his reflections on academic, athletic and social life at Colorado College during the early 1970âs.
Mary G. Mashburn (CC class of 1983) graduated with a major in political economy. She was active in student publications: editor of the Catalalyst, 1980-1981; and editor of the Critique, 1981-1982. Ms. Mashburn's interview focuses on student life at Colorado College during the 1980's.
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.
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.
Kay Niederhut Caunt (CC class of 1972) came to Colorado College from her home in Denver, Colorado, and graduated with a B.A. in history. Her interview focuses on campus life as a married student, campus attitudes toward the Vietnam War, and her early involvement in politics. She was a state legislative candidate in 1974, a member of the Colorado Democratic Party's executive committee and rules committee and worked with the Colorado Springs-El Paso County CETA Manpower Planning Council.
Dr. Mary Alice âPinkyâ Hamilton first came to Colorado Springs in 1947 with her sister, Sally, and brother-in-law, Robert M. Stabler, as he joined the Colorado College faculty as a zoologist. A 1933 graduate of Elmira College, New York, Hamilton received her Ph.D. in physiology from Columbia University and from 1939 to 1941 did research at the University of Michigan Medical School. Hamilton became the associate lab director for the Colorado Foundation for Research in Tuberculosis from 1947 to 1952. She began to lecture in zoology at Colorado College in 1950, becoming assistant professor in 1958, associate professor in 1963, professor of biology in 1972, and retiring as professor emerita in 1977. She also assisted her brother-in-law, Robert Stabler, with research projects related to trichomoniasis in pigeons and falcons.
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.
Dolores S. Atencio (CC class of 1977) graduated from Colorado College with a degree in Political Science. She attended the University of Denver College of Law, and was admitted to the Colorado Bar in October, 1981. A native of Pueblo, Colorado, Ms. Atencio discusses her strong Chicano heritage and her perspectives as a minority student at Colorado College. She actively participated in MECHA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano Aztlan), the Chicano student organization on the campus. In 1979, she, along with her former husband, Randy Serna (CC class of 1974) founded the Colorado College Chicano Alumni Association.
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.
A prolific writer, a much sought-after speaker, and a highly respected professor, Richard Beidleman is one of Colorado College's most notable faculty members. He taught zoology from 1957-1968 and biology from 1968-1988. His research interests centered on the role of natural scientists in frontier America and Australia, and he helped author high school and junior high school biology textbooks, among approximately 250 other published works. The Colorado Springs community knows him best as a dedicated environmental activist who fought for many years for such causes as the preservation of the White House Ranch and the Garden of the Gods Park, the prevention of strip mining along Front Range quarries, and the successful League of Women Voters lawsuit against the City of Colorado Springs regarding the Palmer deeded parks. He served on the Colorado State Parks Board for eight years, including three and a half years as its chairman and succeeded, among other things, in obtaining Muehler Ranch as a state park. The Beidleman Environmental Center at Sondermann Park was established in his honor by the City of Colorado Springs.
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.
Van Shaw came to Colorado College in 1952 as Professor of Sociology. He served as chairman of the Sociology Department from 1954 through 1968. Active in community affairs, he served as president of the Colorado Springs Family Service Association. In his interview, Shaw discusses his roles as professor and committee member, philosophy of teaching, student attitudes, the block plan, race relations at Colorado College, the 1960s, college presidents.
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.
Ruth Wilson is a Colorado native who attended Colorado College from 1947 to 1949 as a trustee scholar from Colorado Springs High School. As a student, she also worked part-time in the Registrar's office in Cutler Hall from 1947 to 1948, and in the Alumni office from 1948 to 1949. She was a homemaker from 1949 until April of 1974, when she reentered the workforce, working for the Alumni Office and the Development Office in various capacities at Colorado College.
Professor William R. Hochman was born on August 28, 1921 in New York City, and received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. Professor Hochman joined the Colorado College faculty as instructor of history in 1955, as assistant professor from 1955 through 1960, as associate professor from 1960 to 1965, and as professor from 1965 until his retirement in 1998. He served as Chair of the Department of Education for four years, beginning in 1964 and as Chair of the History Department from 1970 to 1983, and Dean of the Summer Session from 1990â1998. He also served on innumerable campus committees and as faculty marshal for many years. Notable for his compelling public speaking, Professor Hochman was long active in local, state and national Democratic Party politics, but he is best known as an outstanding teacher by his many former students, particularly the alumni of Freedom and Authority.
Born in Kerrville, Texas in August 1931, Professor Brooks received his B.A. and M.A. degrees at the University of Texas, and his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University in 1960. He joined the faculty of Colorado College's Political Science Department in the fall of 1960, was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1961, to Associate Professor in 1964, and to Full Professor in 1970. Brooks was the chief architect of Colorado College's Block Plan, which went into effect in the fall of 1970. From 1979 through 1987, he served as Dean of the College, and from 1991 to 1993 as Director of Strategic Planning. His principal interests in public policy and in curricular and managerial reform in higher education led him to international consultancies in Africa and at the Universidad de Puebla, Mexico.
After 30 years as Colorado College's Director of Admissions, Richard E. Wood retired in 1991. He was known as the dean of admissions directors on a national level, due to his remarkable success in his field. Born in 1927 in East Orange, New Jersey, Wood graduated from Dickinson College in 1952, and received an M.A. from Columbia Teachers College in 1953. After positions at Pratt Institute and Denver University, he came to Colorado College in 1959 as Assistant Director of Development. Named Admissions Director in 1961, he also served several years as Registrar and Financial Aid Director.
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.
Professor Neale Reinitz received a B.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin in 1947, an M.A. in English from Harvard in 1949 and his Ph.D. in English from University of California at Berkeley in 1958. Professor Reinitz was a member of the English department at Colorado College from 1953 until his retirement in 1991. His special interests include biking, hiking, rafting, wine, books, jazz, the Marx Brothers, cross-country skiing and photography.
Professor Richard C. Bradley received his B.A. in Physics from Dartmouth College in 1943. Following wartime service in the U.S. Naval Reserve, he completed a Ph.D. in Physics at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1953. From 1953-1961 he was a researcher and faculty member at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. In 1961, he came to Colorado College as Associate Professor of Physics, and was promoted to Full Professor in 1966. He retired from a long and distinguished career at Colorado College in 1987, including six years as Dean of the Faculty and Dean of the College from 1973 to 1979. Active in environmental politics both at the local and national level, Bradley served as president of the Springs Area Beautiful Association from 1971 to 1973, and as a trustee of the National Parks Association from 1966 to 1976. An avid cross-country skier, he is also noted for his interest in music as a long-time member of the Colorado Springs Chorale, the Colorado Opera Festival Board, and as a composer of some note.
A native of Philadelphia born in 1917, Dr. George V. Fagan received his B.S. and M.A. degrees from Temple University, his Master of Library Science degree from the University of Denver in 1957 and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Pennsylvania in 1954. A World War II veteran, he served as librarian of the United States Air Force Academy for 15 years before his retirement from the Air Force in 1969 with the rank of Colonel. From 1969 to 1983 he was head librarian at Colorado College's Tutt Library. During his tenure, he added more than 100,000 volume to the library, established the Special Collections Division, created the Lincoln Room and CC Room, oversaw the planning and construction of the 25,000 square-foot addition to the library, and established the Friends of the Library. In 1988 Dr. Fagan authored a book entitled, The Air Force Academy: An Illustrated History.