Alumni Mailbag: England in the 30s, Victory Ships Across the Sea
â€˘Â A Good Year for Archivesâ€”TheÂ Around the DÂ blog over at the College Archives is having a banner year for donations, College Archivist Jan Blodget reports. Recently, the lateÂ Dean Rusk â€™31â€”Davidson Rhodes Scholar, U.S. Secretary of State for JFK and LBJ, and namesake for the college’sÂ Dean Rusk International Studies Programâ€”spoke through donated letters of his youth to a Davidson professor on topics ranging from ethics and Guy Fawkes Day to more sinister German political rumblings of the day. ReadÂ “Dear Dr. Vowles.”
â€˘ The Times Are Ever A-Changin’â€”Benno Straumann responded to our previous post, “Then and Now: Remembering Davidson as a Study Abroad Destination,”Â about the 1962-63 Richardson Scholars 50th reunion held last fall in aÂ converted fishermanâ€™s hut on the Island of Oeland in the Baltic Sea: “[F]ond memories and (for me at least) a challenging academic environment (I came straight from a farm in England where I had been practicingÂ Â English and boarded the former Victory Ship USS Costa Rica, converted to an emigrant/charter ship by the Dutch named SS Groote Beerin Southampton)â€¦. scrapped shortly after our sailing to New York. In came the Jet Ageâ€¦. I simply loved the ship and its passengers, Americans returning from abroad and Europeans going to the US, with nine days of unforgettable sailing. Cheers, Benno.”
â€˘Â Friends in High Placesâ€”Robert Flowers â€™10, with whom I road-tripped with a small group to Hilton Head for an ethics conference when he was a student, has been named the first full-time chaplain of Andrew College in Cuthbert, Ga.Â A recent graduate of Duke Divinity School, Robert served asÂ a ministerial intern in Guatemala and El Salvador, and worked most recently as a Chaplain Intern at the Alliance Medical Ministry in Raleigh, N.C.Â Congratulations, Robert, on your journey thus far!