MILITARY SCRAPBOOK The President’s Letter In 2010 The President Reflects upon the Military Legacy of The Bolles School. One of my great personal joys in my position as president is to attend reunions of graduation classes from 40, 50 and even 60 years ago. Sadly, in many cases these alumni have not returned to the campus since they graduated. Being aware of the significant changes at Bolles since their graduation (moving from being a military school to a college preparatory focus and becoming coed among others), they typically arrive thinking that their alma mater ‘is no more.’ To a man, they reminisce about the academic and disciplinary demands they experienced having prepared them for service and leadership in their careers, many of which have been in the service to our country through military service. They are indeed “members of the Great Generation.” It is exciting to see their perceptions change when they see and hear that, in spite of the significant changes, the important elements of “the Bolles experience,” namely “achievement, service, and distinction,” are still emphasized (and achieved!) here – emphasized in more ways than merely retaining them in the school seal. They are pleased to hear we are continuing to set high expectations for our students, in and outside the classrooms, and are particularly enthusiastic about the examples I share with them of student leadership and service. Most of all perhaps, they take pride in the fact that numbers of the graduates in the ‘college preparatory’ era continue to serve our country through distinguished military service. And as I write this in the summer of 2010, there is no more current or better example of their school continuing its significant military traditions than the example of coed Caroline P. Barlow, the Valedictorian of the Bolles Class of 2007, selected this spring as the outstanding cadet at the 1
United States Naval Academy. She will serve in her senior year as the Brigade Commander â€“ the leader of the Naval Academy Midshipmen â€“ perhaps the most recent example of how the things that were important at Bolles 40, 50 and 60 years ago have indeed been preserved and continue to be honored . We proudly continue the traditions established during the military chapter at The Bolles School, and we proudly salute those who have honored us with their service since their graduation during those years. John Trainer Ph.D.
Rufus R. McClure Rufus McClure arrived on the Bolles scene in 1951 when the school began its eighteenth year, a neophyte fresh out of college. He was a paratrooper during WWII. Following his discharge, he kicked around New York for a couple of years and then, deciding to become a teacher, he enrolled at Appalachian State University. He still had a soft spot in his heart for the military life, so following his graduation he decided to teach in a military school. Which military school was a no-brainer. For the next forty-nine years, he served the school in just about every capacity possible. He taught English in the classroom until 1964, when he became director of studies/academic dean, in which capacity he continued to serve until 1980, when he returned to an earlier incarnation as chair of the English department and taught Advanced Placement English until his retirement in the year 2000. In 2002 Dr. John E. Trainer, the new president and head of school, coaxed him out of retirement and persuaded him to return as interim academic dean until he could locate a permanent person for this important position. In 2003 Dr. Trainer persuaded him to remain as a part-timer as assistant to the president for special projects. This assignment led first to chair of the Seventy-fifth Anniversary Celebration, for which he authored the view book, On Parade, Saluting the Legacy. Following this assignment, he and Dr. Trainer determined that the military chapter which launched the school deserved, in fact, required, special treatment. They decided the best way to accomplish this objective in the 21st Century would be to digitize the twentynine military yearbooks with appropriate historical and personal commentary. Throughout, the commentary is addressed to you, the Cadet Corps.
MILITARY SCRAPBOOK Table of contents Presidentâ€™s Letter Rufus McClure Acknowledgments Foreword Dedication Military Ethic In Memoriam, Military Dead Preface Postscript for 1963 Forewords to Yearbooks A Bit of Early History Faculty Narrative Dedications to Yearbooks Names and Dates of all 209 Faculty Battalion Commanders Senior Class Presidents Valedictorians Presidents, National Honor Society Richard J. Bolles, Biography Class Histories The Bolles Blue Book The Alpha Review Distinguished Military Officers Athletic Highlights Humor and Trivia Quotations and Reflections Scraps from the Past
FOREWORD Life at The Bolles School offers a picture of cadets adjusting themselves to the daily routine of academics, military-naval instruction, and athletics on one hand and a story of students learning to live with each other in the varied aspects of everyday life. The colorful nature of Bolles is portrayed in the 1960 Eagle with a touch of the serious offset by the sense of the humorous. No day at Bolles was complete without mixing a bit of the ridiculous with something of the sublime. The Canteen, Schultz Hall, Richard J. Bolles Hall, the River Campus . . . these were just a few of the places that set the stage for cadet life. Against the backdrop of these buildings moved a parade of human activity searching for a place on the stage of Bolles life. New students who arrived in September uninitiated in the ways of campus life soon settled down to the routine and became well-adjusted cadets. For old boys, each year offered a distinct challenge to rise in rank and position. The casual outsider passing by might see Bolles as just a place taking up some valuable property on the St. Johns River. To the person familiar with life at Bolles, however, here is a scene where youthful lives are prepared for the future as they learn what each day has in store for them as cadets. If the 1960 Eagle has caught that picture of cadets and their teachers working together, it will have been successful in its mission.
Since I predate the computer by over two decades, I admit that I am challenged. Therefore, I have depended entirely on the expertise and generosity of Clare Lange, our current librarian and media specialist, for the technology involved in this project. The project would have been impossible without her. Most of us remember the Bolles Library as the gentlemen's smoking lounge for the San Jose Hotel, all four thousand books. Probably the technology was limited to the pencil sharpener. I hope that everyone who peruses this scrapbook will join me in expressing our collective gratitude for her invaluable contribution to the Military Scrapbook. The Bolles School webmaster, Geoffrey DeWitt for his invaluable assistance, for his extraordinary talent, and for his understanding patience in publishing the scrapbook on line. Although I do not often quote George Hallam directly, The Standard Bearer 1983, I frequently refer to the Standard Bearer for generic facts and figures.
The Bolles School opened its doors as a military preparatory school on January 5, 1933. The school closed its doors on the military chapter in June, 1962. The first graduation, 1933, witnessed one lone graduate, Sidney Register. The last military class, 1962, witnessed seventy-one graduates, which brought to a grand total of 1455 young men who graduated as Bolles cadets. During those years the school graduated dozens, perhaps hundreds, of young men who chose to pursue professional careers in all the armed services. Many of these career professionals rose to the highest ranks in all branches of the services. Dozens served in WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War and possibly in the Gulf War. A significant number of these, nineteen that we know of, made the supreme sacrifice. In fact, the first Jacksonville citizen to die in WWII, Jonathan Yerkes, was a Bolles graduate of 1935. Their names appear on the attached picture of the Memorial Monument which the Class of 1952 erected in their honor. To these men in particular we dedicate this military retrospective, but in a broader sense the dedication embraces everyone who wore our nation's uniforms or, for that matter, everyone who wore the Bolles cadet uniform.
Virginia Military Institute Probably the official statement of VMI best exemplifies the military tradition. "It (VMI) fosters punctuality, order, discipline, courtesy and respect for authority." Authority is the operable word here because, from the beginning, tradition transmits or bestows authority upon all actions, observances, and values; consequently, these traditions are accepted and absorbed into the body politic. Further, the statement suggests that such authoritative traditions "advance self-reliance, initiative, and strength of character." In order to ensure success, the institution must regiment the life of those who choose a military life. Ultimately, the military life "emphasizes honor, integrity, and responsibility." Whatever is true for VMI is true for any quality military institution, including The Bolles School during its first chapter and formative period. A closer look further suggests that the same values/traditions inherent in this statement have characterized academia since time immemorial, so it follows naturally that these values were instilled in Bolles cadets from the beginning and were transmitted to future generations of Bolles students as the building blocks for everything that has transpired at the school since the military was discontinued.
Honoring those Bolles graduates who sacrificed their lives for their country in the Second World War, a simple shaft of granite has been placed in the Memorial Circle in front of Richard J. Bolles Hall. A bronze plaque records for all time the names of those men to whom the monument is dedicated. A gift of the Class of 1952 and of the Alumni Association, the monument was presented with a humble ceremony at Commencement in 1952.
Bolles Alumni Listed on the Jacksonville Memorial Wall World War II Stephen Coith, USN Wesley N. Coleman, USN Robert Cornell, USA Edwin J. Dobson, USNR Joseph R. Harmon, USA William Herpel, USN Kenneth W. Hunter Jr., USAF John R. Lyons, USAF McElroy C. Nagel, USAF Nick G. Picras, USAF John Vick, USA Jonathan Yerkes Jr., USA Korean War Henry H. Gregory, USN Robert Kiker, USN Fred T. Priestman, USN Roger S. Sturdevant, USN Vietnam War Randolph W. Ford, USN John G. Traver III, USA
1ST LIEUTENANT JOHN R. LYONS
“To the memory of 1st Lieutenant John Register Lyons, the first Bolles graduate to give his life in the service of his country, this 1942 edition of The Bolles Eagle is hereby dedicated. This memorial picture shows "Jack" as a Senior at Bolles in 1935. He then attended The Citadel, made an outstanding college record there, and finished as an Honor Graduate of The Citadel on May 28, 1939. He entered the Army Air Corps Service July 1, 1939; was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant on May 11, 1940; was promoted to 1st Lieutenant in 55th Pursuit Squadron on October 8, 1911, at Mitchell Field, N. Y. He died in a crash at this field on OCTOBER 9, 1941. Lieutenant John R. Lyons’ entire life and the sacrifices he made, as his duty, stand as a shining symbol for all Americans. His record is a challenge to all Bolles men who follow him.” 11
Jonathan Yerkes, Bolles Class of 1935
“Jonathan- Yerkes, 1935, infantry captain, First Division, Second Corps. Killed in action two days before Easter in 1943 in an area of fierce hill-to-hill, handto-hand fighting in North Africa. He was 25.
At Bolles, Jonathan played center on the football team and was a charter member of the "B" Club. After post-graduate study, he attended Penn and lettered in football and became a member of Kappa Sigma Alpha and Scabbard and Blade. He graduated from Penn in 1940. In Jacksonville he was active in the Friday Club, Ye Mystic Revelers, the Florida Yacht Club, and the Bachelor’s Club.”
THE EAGLE FOR 1936
J. B. CHRISTENBURY Head Coach, Football and Basket Ball The only faculty member we know to have been killed in World War II
Preface An Informal Retrospective of Bolles Military Legacy, 1933-1963
The Bolles School opened its doors for business on January 5, 1933. There were fourteen cadets greeted by ten teachers, according to the first yearbook, 1934. Ultimately, there would be 209 total faculty/administrators who served 1455 cadets during the military era. Together they would create The Bolles School. The following June, 1933, the school awarded its first diploma. The solitary graduate was a young man by the name of Sidney Register, who was destined to become the school's first student icon. Twenty-nine years later, 1962, taps sounded for the last class to graduate in uniform, when the school awarded seventy-one diplomas, which brought to a grand total of 1455 young men who graduated as Bolles cadets. Sad to say, along the way final taps has sounded for many hundreds of individuals among that honored group. We want this scrapbook to enshrine their memories. Of course, the vast majority of their teachers have joined their thinning ranks. We intend the scrapbook to render a final salute to them also. Although the primary purpose of the Scrapbook is to celebrate the military, i.e., to put the military on parade, it should be noted that from the very beginning, "Just two weeks after classes began, Commandant R.L. Brunson announced at an American Legion luncheon that The Bolles School, although a military school, would provide 'a well-rounded preparation for college work with emphasis on scholarship rather than military training.â€? And, as hundreds of military alumni can testify, the school remained true to that commitment until the last uniform faded from view and taps sounded for the last time in the spring of 1962. To fulfill that pledge, the student body and their teachers, many of whom were WWII veterans, melded into a symbiotic relationship that endured through the three decades of the military chapter. Actually, very few people alive today have any first-hand knowledge of that first chapter. In fact, Quinn Barton and I are the only current members of the immediate Bolles family who have any connection with that long-ago military era.
This scrapbook is not intended to be a comprehensive narrative history of the school. A comprehensive history of the school, including but not limited to the military, is narrated in George Hallam's Standard Bearer, 1983. Rather, this scrapbook focuses entirely on the military origins of the school and those individuals--cadets and teachersâ€”whose voices still echo through the corridors and across the parade ground. It is intended to celebrate informally those early years whose memory is rapidly receding into history and to rescue and parade the military rituals and pomp before they disappear forever into the mist that rises perpetually from the St. Johns River. Nevertheless, I am pleased to report to all of you former cadets that on a sunny Sunday afternoon, April 15, 2008, as we launched our 75th Anniversary, Bolles returned briefly to that military glory and staged our biggest and best Anniversary event: History Day, when a number of former cadets returned to campus and relived their military experience, some of whom even wore their military regalia. As you will recall, Sunday afternoons were both memorable and spectacular, filled with the pomp and pageantry of the Parade; and History Day was no exception. In fact, it was arguably one of the greatest days in the history of the school. By far the most poignant Bolles Moment that spectacular April day was the formal, authentic, wreathlaying ceremony, the first ever, honoring the nineteen cadets who died in the service of their country. For the 75th Anniversary we produced the gorgeous coffee-table book, which included much military history, but I want to turn my attention now exclusively to the military and to those 1455 individuals who graduated as Bolles cadets. They (you) created and wrote that first chapter, and I want to commemorate them (you) in an informal but informative format which I am calling a Military Scrapbook. When taps sounded for the last time in the spring of 1962, the Cadet Corps of the Bolles School marched into history. However, those 1455 cadets created that history, and it's a history that deserves to be celebrated. As the 75s' Anniversary Flag was lowered for the last time on January 5, 2008, I was reminded of that spring day back in 1962 when the Stars and Stripes was lowered for the last time on the military chapter of our school. It was a unique experience for both the school and me in that I am the only person, so far as I can tell, to have witnessed both ceremonies. Metaphorically speaking, this scrapbook is projected as a long diminuendo of the last and final parade. Let the trumpets sound. 17
Postscript for 1963. Also a Retrospective
When I conceptualized the Military Scrapbook, I expected to conclude with the last yearbook of the military chapter, 1962. However, as I journeyed through those nostalgic years, I realized more fully that the military chapter did not end when the Class of 1962 tossed their caps high in the Florida sunshine. True, The Bolles School was born and grew to adulthood while dressed out in the cadet uniforms so dear to our hearts. As you reflect upon your own military experience, it will come as no surprise to you that your most enduring legacy was the body of traditions which the cadet corps evolved and accumulated through those formative years. I like to call those collective traditions the Bolles character, which in turn animates the Bolles Spirit. As I began working on that last military yearbook, it occurred me that the first class to assume possession of and mastermind the new prep school, 1963, were juniors and sophomores when the Class of 1962 lowered Old Glory for the last time. (I will use the Class of 1962 generically to represent the entire Cadet Corps.) You had commanded and shaped them in your own image; and they were, therefore, the future leaders to whom you transmitted the already well defined Bolles character. In fact, you conclude your foreword with a message to the next class, 1963, and all the classes that followed: "In June we will stand on the river campus, as classes did before us [forty-eight since then] and try to think of something we had, something special of our own. We will remember the headlong enthusiasm we had for Bolles and life that will stay with us and will not die." I can assure you in 2010 that that something has not died. In fact, the graduation ceremony for 2009 reminded me as I sat there reminiscing that you, the entire Cadet Corps, live on. Your Bolles spirit still lingers, and forever will, over the majestic campus that the military contingent morphed into The Bolles School. Those juniors and sophomores to whom you, broadly speaking the entire cadet corps, handed the baton were, for the most part, cadets dressed in blue blazers. Although no longer officially cadets, they were the same individuals you laughed and played with, 18
the same guys you stood shoulder to shoulder with on the gridiron, on the baseball diamond, on the basketball court and the tennis courts, and the same guys you swam with and ran with just a year before. They were the same students you taught to produce the Eagle and the Bugle, which still live on with enduring distinction. They were the same students with whom you shared the "B" Club, the Alpha Society and the many other organizations you birthed; and you all know how successfully you transmitted to the once and future Bolles character that then and now commands the allegiance of all Bolles alumni. Therefore, I think it is indisputable that your legacy still animates the Bolles spirit which we continue to celebrate with ever increasing pride. In fact, your legacy has, over time, morphed into our official motto and the official Bolles School seal: TRADITION. SERVICE. DISTINCTION. Long live the military ethic! The first yearbook of the new era was by necessity a transitional product. The foreword to this new 1963 Eagle, the last yearbook to bear that name, states: "This has been the first year of the new Bolles....It has been this shared experience that has stamped and bound us as a class....The class of 1963 is proud to have been a part of both the old and the new Bolles. We feel that we have not only â€˜endured,â€™ we have prevailed." They indeed prevailed and since they were a part of the old Bolles, they deserve a salute. Like the class of 1963, I personally "have been a part of both the old and the new," and I have always felt honored that the first yearbook of the new Bolles was dedicated to me. This will always remain one of my proudest moments. It may come as a surprise to you, but then it may not, that I too was shaped by you. In a thousand subtle little ways, cadets infiltrated, to use a military term, the psyche of their teachers and leaders. I didn't know it at the time, anymore than you did, but I was absorbing the culture which you created. In fact, although I have sensed it through the years, I didn't realize it fully until I began this project. But as I have journeyed with you through thirty yearbooks, I feel that I have now become one with you. I was twenty-five when I joined your ranks in 1951. I was thirty-seven when we stood together for the last echo of the last taps. If you will recall your own experiences during those same years, twenty-five to thirty-seven, I'm sure you will recognize how they formalized and crystallized your own person; and whatever the message you engraved upon me, I transmitted to those who followed you. Therefore, your legacy "has not only endured it has prevailed." 19
As I stand here in my office this lovely morning, June 2, 2009, and gaze out over the old and long-gone esplanade and flagpole where you used to form for retreat, I view again your crisp salute and ponder the irony. My current office is located over the Swisher Library on the same level and barely thirty feet from my old classroom, which many of you will recall overlooked AWOL Road. I still hear and see the ranking cadet in each class saluting me and reporting: "All present, Sir," and then we began our journey into the many journeys of the world's great writers. AWOL Road, long gone, has morphed into a life-journey for me and symbolically for you. You ask: "How so?" and I reply: "Who among us has not gone AWOL at some point along the way?" As you view the following pages of the 1963 yearbook, you will recognize the same teachers who taught you. You will see Coach Ward, advisor to the class, followed by the seniors whom you knew as juniors, many of whom, like you, went on to great success and renown. Among the juniors you will see your favorite "Jap." You may not even know that the military hall designationsâ€”"A" Company, "B" Company, "C" Company, and "Headquarters" Company were renamed in 1963 for deceased faculty whom you knew and lovedâ€”Bradley Hall, McKniff Hall, Snyder Hall ,and Searles Hall. (Housemother for C Company, she naturally became housemother posthumously for the new Lower School.). You will also find many of your favorite athletes, especially the "B" Club, which, by the way, is still with us. You will also revisit the seniors whom you taught to produce the publications and Bob Hubbard, your favorite English teacher and guru. Moving on, you will discover a section, "The Old and the New," which reflects the transition from military to prep school. And finally, you will reflect on a couple of advertisements which will remind you of your alma-mater.
First Yearbook Obviously, the very first yearbook, 1934, is a treasure trove. A treasure trove tends to be filled with many delightful surprises. Of course, everything in 1934 is a "first" and therefore of universal interest. Consequently, I am representing the 1934 book more fully. It is also obvious that most of these first cadets are now lying peacefully at ease in perpetuity since most of them long ago listened to taps for the last time. Please enjoy visiting with these first alumni as together you revisit your alma mater.
To the Class of June, 1934 â€œAt a time like this, which is the parting of the ways for some us, it is difficult for me to find the proper words with which to tender you farewell. Everyone now is eager and more than willing to try and tell you how to conduct your lives. Yet, in years to come, you will realize that here at Bolles all of you have daily been acquiring those traits and setting those standards of life which will determine whether or not you individually will be the success which I firmly hope will be the lot of each and every one of you: It is for you to maintain the happy enthusiasm and the keen joy of living that are too often only associated with youth. Keep the undaunted spirit that you now have and when the trials of the world beset you do not turn from them, meet them and be big enough to surmount them. Let your mind be ever open to good books, fine music and pleasing art. It has been said that a man is judged by the library that he keeps â€” let yours be the best no matter how small. I know of no finer feeling than to come home after a hard day in which you have had to surmount many trying obstacles and recline in the midst of good literature and a few pleasing paintings and laugh at the little things that a few hours before you felt were well nigh impossible to master.
Life is a game; play it hard, clean and fast; study the game; keep training; be a real sportsman and you cannot fail in the greatest of all things: Your Life!â€?
(Signed) COACH SUMMERS
â€œThe belief that the coach is the apple of the students' eye is no exception here. The school is very fortunate in getting this hard working Annapolis man. For getting results out of a 100 per cent green group of boys, Coach cannot be bettered. True, the boys were willing, but experience is the best school, and his candidates were without schooling. The football team was a bit too young for the proper results, but his work in pulling the basketball team into unexpected form and the record made at the State Swimming Meet was nothing short of miraculous. We look forward to a most successful season next year.â€?
Captain Sidney W. Register Battalion Commander and Honor Cadet 1933 We, the Eagle Staff, feel that we are exceptionally honored in being able to allocate this space to Captain Sidney"Mutt" Register of Savannah, Georgia. Sidney was the first man to be graduated from The Bolles School, and was such a high type of cadet that we feel that this, the first Annual, would not be complete without some mention of his record. His conduct, military manner and bearing, spirit and academic record, have been an inspiration to all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
A TRIBUTE TO THE BOLLES ALUMNI “To the Cadets who are living the immediate routine of life here at Bolles, perhaps the Bolles Alumni seem somewhat apart from any close connection with the School— perhaps these Alumni stand somewhere, in the minds of the Cadet Corps, in a sort of specialized, nebulous status that lies between that of being a member of the Student Body and of being connected somehow with the membership of the Faculty. Feeling that this may represent rather aptly the student concept, we believe that this particular page is especially suitable for—A Tribute To Our Alumni, 1946.
“The Bolles Alumni took a very active part in the recent World War, serving their country in all branches of the Armed Services with Honor, Bravery, and Distinction. Nine of these Bolles boys made the Supreme Sacrifice. At the conclusion of this War many returned to their homes to re-enter business careers where they are achieving outstanding success. Others resumed college studies with equal success, and still others have started the routine of their life work. We honor and respect them for all of this and for the luster this has added to the name of Bolles and to the Alumni Association.
“However, we understand and appreciate more personally the evidences of their continued interest in Bolles, which is shown most forcefully by their repeated visits to the School and the unmistakable affection shown for it when they are here. This plainly demonstrated tie of loyalty and affection for Bolles on the part of the Alumni is a source of inspiration to the present Student Body in their feeling for their School, and we hope this will provide us the guiding trend of our contacts and relations with Bolles when we become Alumni.” 28
Student Council • President JOHN THOMAS
CHAUNCEY I. MCDOWELL
ROBERT WARNOCK STEWART DOE
WILBUR G. WILLIAMS
JAMES THRELKIL JOHN ROBERTS
The First Faculty
The First Faculty (conâ€™t.)
The First Faculty (conâ€™t.)
Foreword to the Forewords It stands to reason that a sequential presentation and analysis of the twenty forewords of the twenty-nine year books (The forewords ceased in 1953.), then called the
Eagle, will produce a loosely-woven chronology of the school, a sort of synopsis of those twenty years. As anyone who ever attended Bolles, or, for that matter, anyone who ever visited the Bolles Campus must surely know, The Bolles School and the St. Johns River share a symbiotic relationship. In fact, it might be argued that the river runs through the school rather than past it. So time and again, the St. Johns River evokes a nostalgia, perhaps a sub-conscious belonging, as if the San Jose Hotel emerges from the water (as did Excalibur, which launched Camelot) and therefore recalls the Bolles School, long since firmly positioned on the river bank for all time. So every year book in history seeks to establish the synergy which melds the school and the river. And every foreword, in its own way, floats its future down the river toward some mysterious destiny, and they all hypothesize a future which in some way reflects off the shining waves of the majestic river.
Forewords to Yearbooks As we grow older (and older), and we reflect on the forewords to the yearbooks you wrote during the twenty-nine years of the first chapter of the story of The Bolles School (the school which you created and whose story you wrote), we discover, somewhat wistfully, that the innocence you expressed through your eighteen-year-old prose induces a nostalgia that lingers, in fact clutches, at our aging brains and invites us to revisit the oak-shaded campus which you once strolled and through which you often marched, and sometimes even paraded. However, before I get into the forewords, I must apologize for a professorial prerogative and comment on one of the peculiarities of our language. Many of you will recall that I was an English teacher for some fifty years, and some of you may recall the linguistic item called the idiom, whether you can define it or not. I used to try to define it as one of those familiar, widely used and understood expressions which may or may not make literal sense but which nevertheless communicates clearly and forcefully some useful idea or concept. For example: I have read and analyzed the forewords backwards and forwards. However, I did read them all. In fact, I may be the only person ever to read
them all. As I conclude my own backward look at these many forewords, I have tried to synthesize them into a unified, comprehensive, composite which is intended to serve as an appropriate foreword for the entire scrapbook. It is also intended to provide the reader with an overview of the military chapter of the story of The Bolles School and thereby induce a receptive frame of mind as the reader proceeds. The foreword to the very first yearbook illustrates my point and appropriately is a good starting point to reassemble the loose ends of our lengthening past and reflect on the continuum that began here on the shady banks of the St. Johns River and flows with the river as it glides relentlessly on its way to the ocean and begins its mysterious union with destiny. Since the school opened with only fourteen cadets in January, 1933, there was obviously no way that any sort of annual could be produced for this first semester, but 34
there was one lonely graduate, Sidney Register, the first student icon in the alumni pantheon. Surprisingly, there was a darn good annual, The Eagle, the next year, 1934, the first full year, and it began with a foreword. No one knows the author of the words. If he is still among the living, he would be ninety-five or six years old today. Although there were a total of ninety-one cadets in the entire student body of 1934, there were only nineteen seniors who graduated that second commencement. And although we do not know who wrote the words for the foreword, we do know that his words continue to reverberate for those of us still here to read them. Line three has a special poignancy: "Not far in the future the day will come" and concludes with a special irony: their future has long since morphed into their past as they "recall how the joyous years of youth were spent." The Complete Foreword for 1934
Bolles School, to us, has become something that we hope will continue to hold many fond recollections. Not far in the future the day will come when only memories will take the place of what are today reality. With this in mind, we have attempted through this book to give the students the opportunity in later years to recall just how the joyous years of youth were spent. Moving on to 1935, the school was growing rapidly; the military had come together; cadets could actually march (and did); parades had begun to glisten in the Sunday afternoon sun, and spirits were running high. Perhaps surprisingly, the Cadet Corps had already formed a very proud, cohesive unit and was ready to solidify and secure its future by forming an alumni association. In fact, it was November 3, 1934, when the The Bolles School Alumni Association was founded, with Sidney Register, the first graduate, as president and Thomas Skiff as secretary. The euphoria was naturally expressed in the foreword as the anonymous author was elated to declare: "We hope this yearbook will enable us to recall the days we spent at Bolles." However, one sad note that these young eighteen-year-olds could not know: The last cadet portrait to appear in their cherished 1934 yearbook, Jonathan Yates, would become the first Jacksonville native to 35
die in the great war that would eventually engulf the entire class. As the author of this Military Scrapbook, it is my earnest hope that this entire Scrapbook will enable
survivors and their many generations of progeny to recall those youthful days in the same spirit. The Complete Foreword for 1935
The Editors' sole purpose in publishing this book is to record and recreate permanently the activities of the past year; to portray for those who now leave us a composite vista of their preparatory school life. Impotent as the result of our endeavors may appear, we hope this yearbook will enable us to recall the days we spent at Bolles. As we approach the 1936 yearbook, the third, I sit here observing the ticking clock, although being digital it doesn't tick anymore, as it moves relentlessly toward the end of the tenth year of the Twenty-First Century and read and analyze the consecutive student responses to their "joyous" years at Bolles, I sense a certain continuum as I move from one year to the next. Just as they all exemplify the same tenor, each somehow advances the narrative and the depth and quality of their experience, e.g., "We have in these few pages caught in cold print and white pages (not so white after seventy plus years of yellowing) the characteristic spirit and actions of those who people its halls, with a look backward at the swift flowing years....Father may be enabled to show Junior how the most enjoyable and important days of father's life were spent at The Bolles School."
Comes the inevitable question: How many fathers have told how many sons who have, in turn, told their own sons as sun-blanched memories float down the great river to the ocean and into the inevitable future that flows on oblivious of all those whose time reflects off the shining waves of the ocean? In conclusion, the joyous years of the Class of 1936 demonstrate a considerable maturation of our athletic prowess. President Roger Painter sponsored the first ever city-wide swimming meet. However, the results are unknown.
The Complete Foreword for 1936
With the hope that we have in these few pages caught in cold print and white paper the characteristic spirit and actions of those who people its halls, with a look backward at the swift flowing years through which Bolles has grown, we present this the third volume of the Eagle. We, the staff of the Eagle, hope that by means of this record, Father may be enabled to show Junior how the most enjoyable and important days of Father's life were spent at The Bolles School. With the Foreword to 1937, comes a greater authentic, intellectual awareness and emotional and psychological maturity: "memories now," they hope, "will have a permanent place in your heart to help arrest peace, amid tomorrow's trials, hardships, and realities." Although they can't possibly predict what those trials and hardships would be, they are now aware that real life doesn't end with a Bolles diploma, that there is a scary, unknown life beyond. In fact, just beyond their fingertips looms that Great War that will soon consume the world in the ultimate conflagration. As they discovered later, the war would, in fact, engulf the vast majority of those responsible for the yearbook. As pointed out above, Jonathan Yerkes, Class of 1935, was the first native Jacksonvillian to die in the war. His name, along with the names of eighteen others, appears on the WWII Memorial erected by the Class of 1952 in front of Bolles Hall to honor those who perished and to whom this scrapbook is dedicated. As we know, every foreword should end on a high note, which, in this case, is the first formal dance with Glynlea, later known as Bartram, the beginning of a very long relationship which eventually ended in marriage. The Complete Foreword for 1937 Golden opportunity shines as a beacon light through the open doorway of success for the graduates of 1937. But in order to complete the fullness of this success, we have tried in the following pages to give you everlasting memories of your prep school friendships, associations, and activitiesâ€”memories that will have a permanent place in your heart to help arrest peace amid tomorrow's trials hardships and realities.
Each foreword adds another dimension, as in the case of 1938, which poetizes a foreword that actually does look backward: "We allow the memories of those days to slip away unheeded." Of course, they could not know that they could not disallow the memories, even if they tried, because: "Too late we try to recall the happy hours." They now sense that time is pulsating down their sweaty backs and hurtling through the barrels of their 03's as they stand at parade rest. But youth prevails, at least for a while. The school hosts its first football banquet, clearly establishing the ideal of a sound body engaged in good sportsmanship. They realize vaguely that they live in the moment, but they "sincerely hope that in a world of tomorrow these pages will recall a world of yesterday." Nor could they know that their yesterday would be a precursor for the Beatles, whose “Yesterday” thirty years later would recall for cadets their own yesterday at Bolles.
The Complete Foreword for 1938 Always too short, and perhaps unappreciated, are those golden days of youth wherein we form our most important friendships. Too often thinking nothing of them, we allow the memories of those days to slip away unheeded. Too late we try to recall the happy hours and days we spent in school. We have tried in this—the 1938 yearbook—to capture with print and picture, in so far as is possible, the friendships, happiness, and activities of those fleeting moments. To the Class of 1938 we say—'We sincerely hope that in a world of tomorrow these pages will recall a world of yesterday.’ For the first and only time in our early short history, the Class of 1939 did not write their own foreword. They chose instead a quotation from a published work, which they then proceeded to entitle a “creed.” Summarized, the creed asserts: "We are not here to play, to dream, to drift...We must stand up, speak out...It matters not how hard the battle goes, the day how long, faint not, fight on! Tomorrow comes the song." I personally prefer, and I suspect that most readers agree, that the heartfelt personal dreams and aspirations written by the students themselves are more
Bolles than the clichés of the creed, which I think shortchange the whole concept of the foreword. However, like every year, the Class of 1939 had solid achievements to look back upon with pride and love. The first play ever presented, Journey's End, a World War I British drama was staged, probably in the gym. Our only evidence about the play is the yearbook picture which 38
provides little detail, but it was certainly an important first. Better still, the Bolles basketball team and the golf team won their respective championships, and the wrestling team placed first in the city. The Complete Foreword for 1939 From the pen of Malthie Davenport Babcock comes the creed which we leave to our classmates. "We are not here to play, to dream, to drift. We have hard work to do, and loads to lift. Shun not the struggle; face it. 'Tis God's gift. Say not the days are evilâ€”who's to blame? And fold the hands and acquiesce -0 Shame! Stand up, speak out and bravely, in God's name. It matters not how deep entrenched the wrong, how hard the battle goes, the day how long, faint not, fight on! Tomorrow comes the song." As the world plunges forward into the 1940's, the most profound decade of the Twentieth Century, cadets continue to express their innocent "today," as if the moment is frozen in time, always hoping somehow to trick time and always "recall old friends and relive pleasant memories." But always in the back of their minds, subconsciously they hope to suspend time in a bottle, as Jim Croce sought to do in his unforgettable Time in a Bottle, followed closely by Melissa August's If Saving Time in a Bottle, Don't Lose the Bottle." But experience demonstrates that the bottle is slippery, and, like time itself, it slips away and floats down into the serene river, slips silently away into an unknowable future, and ultimately blends with an imagined destiny rising like the sparkle from the waves of the ocean. Like all those who preceded them, they hoped that their book would become "a permanent record in which are placed all the good times and events which you have experienced here at Bolles." But little did they know that their good times were, indeed, sealed in a bottle, and in 2010 we hope they did not lose the bottle.
The Complete Foreword for 1940 We, the staff of the Eagle for 1940, in publishing this book, have striven to give you, the students, a permanent record in which are placed all the good times and events which you have experienced here at Bolles. In these pages we have put those things which we thought would be most valuable to you, in later years, as memories of the place where you went to school and made some of your closest and dearest contacts. If in these years to come, you may look through these pages to recall old friends and relive pleasant memories; if through this record we help you to remember the days at Bolles as the happiest part of your life; then truly we may say we have fashioned our book well. We wish for you, our fellow students, a life of happiness and achievement, and many pleasant recollections of our days together at Bolles. The fall of 1940 began as quietly as the spring of 1940 had concluded. Although the world beyond was beginning to reflect the turmoil that was swiftly sweeping the globe, The Bolles School was essentially oblivious. In a state of denial, we simply assumed it couldn't happen here, and the year passed smoothly. Therefore, the foreword was basically a reiteration of the preceding ones. Nothing momentous happened, even though outside the world was stirring. So the authors of the foreword could state: "In the pages which follow...we have attempted to make all of this your record, your spirit, and your life...so you may re-live and enjoy the memories of your days at Bolles." Boys continued to grow into men, and the men moved on to college, where the following December 7, 1941, they would, along with the entire world, be catapulted into the maelstrom of WWII.
The Complete Foreword for 1941 To The Cadet Corps of The Bolles School, and to all our friends who read this book, GREETINGS! In the pages which follow we have attempted to catch and portray for you a record and picture that is the life and spirit of our school. Forâ€”we have tried to make all this your record, your spirit, your picture, and your life in the hope that in the days to come you may once more, through this book, re-live and enjoy the memories of your days at Bolles. It is our earnest wish that you will find in these pages only pleasure and happy memories; that you have as much joy in the reading of this yearbook as we had
in the making of it; and that we shall re-gain here-in our visions and remembrances of Bolles.
By 1942 the reality of the War had reached the peaceful shores of the Bolles School nestled serenely on the St. Johns River, and the bottle had floated down the river and into the sea. Indeed, the Eagle had the sad duty to dedicate their year book to alumnus John Register Lyons, Class of 1935, of Savannah, Georgia, the first Bolles alumnus to make the supreme sacrifice in the service of his country. They now realized emphatically that the demands of the war required rethinking and compromise, so they comment in their foreword: "present conditions prevent us from having an elaborate annual. The staff deemed it necessary to make certain limitations," and so it would continue for the next four years. But a growing Bolles tradition demanded that a record of the year be preserved, whether or not it might wind up in a bottle. These students were becoming painfully aware of the sobering reality of war, and they now well knew that the war was heading straight for the Bolles campus and that it would ultimately embrace every cadet, whose foreword therefore looked more and more ominous. The Complete Foreword for 1942 In the pages to come we have made an attempt to portray for you a record and picture of the life and spirit of the school. We have tried to make this, your annual, a book in which you will recall, in days to come, the spirit, the joy, the active life that has been yours here at Bolles. May these memories be only pleasant ones! We regret that present conditions prevent us from having an elaborate annual this year. The staff deemed it necessary to make certain limitations as to size and scope in order to conserve certain vital war materials. By eliminating certain features we offer this curtailment as a small sacrifice which, we feel sure, will meet with the approval of the entire student body. By 1943 the foreword revealed that "Here we play a small but important part in the training of our future armed services." These students knew, 41
correctly as it turned out, "The great majority of the senior class and some of our juniors will be in various branches of the armed services before the end of the year," a prophetic foreword which demonstrates a mature awareness of the times and circumstances. The great majority did, indeed, don one of the nation's uniforms, as did the author of this text, and most served with distinction, many rising to the highest ranks and many remaining in uniform for outstanding professional careers. These distinguished gentlemen earned their leadership credentials as Bolles cadets, and many transitioned from Bolles
into our nation's military services and continued the leadership tradition by rising to the highest levels and distinguishing themselves both on the battlefield and as peacetime commanders in every branch of the military. The year was capped off with the first enduring support organization when Lawrence Hirsig founded the Dads' Club. The Complete Foreword for 1943 This year, 1942-1943, we at Bolles have come to realize the value of the war effort of a school of our type. Here we play a small, but important, part in the training of our future armed services. The great majority of the senior class and some of our juniors will be in various branches of the armed services before the end of the year. Realizing this and that it was the last chance for many of us ever to have a real part in an annual, we, the Eagle staff, have tried our best to make this 1943 edition one to which you may refer and peruse with pride. We have endeavored to give you a book that will help you to remember the many "big times" we have all had here at Bolles. We sincerely hope that we have succeeded in doing this and that this book will prove a continual source of enjoyment to you in the years to come. Like all forewords, particularly during the war years, the 1944 foreword presents a "stiff upper lip." The graduates of this class, more than most, realized that they were going "over there," and deep down they knew that some would remain there for eternity, and indeed some did. Their foreword indicates that as the war dragged on, various war priorities pre-empted certain of their aspirations: "a few added features we were unable to provide because of war priorities and shortages of vital material." Nevertheless, the staff
produced an outstanding yearbook, which declares: "It is our hope that you will find this truly representative of all phases of the life you have enjoyed here...and provide you with adequate memories of your stay at Bolles." One atypical item is the designation of the school as Alma Mater for the first time.
The Complete Foreword for 1944 We, the staff of the Eagle, present to the Cadet Corps this 1944 edition of you school annual. It is our hope that you will find this truly
representative of all phases of the life you have enjoyed here, and that it will be comprehensive enough to provide you with adequate memories of your stay at Bolles. If in the future you turn back through its pages, may you find there old friends and many pleasant recollections to recall your Alma Mater. Though we believe we have produced a representative annual, there were a few added features we were unable to provide because of our priorities and shortages of vital war material. We hope you will enjoy this annual as much as we have enjoyed presenting it to you. The 1945 Foreword continues the recent pattern of deference to the war effort, but it references two "firsts." For the first time a foreword reaches out to the burgeoning Bolles community hoping to produce "a yearbook that will present to the student body, the faculty, and friends of The Bolles School a complete and representative picture of life here at Bolles." This statement, in fact, appears to be the first statement to recognize that the growing student body, the growing body of loyal alumni, and the growing number of families, both local and the many distant states, even the growing number of foreign students and their families, are beginning to bond into a brotherhood of sorts that eventually grew into the extended Bolles family by the time the military saluted for the last time in 1962. Also for the first time, the Foreword mentions two individual students by name: "The art work and drawings throughout the Eagle are the work of Avery Chenoweth, who was assisted in this by Thomas Dulany and William Rayner." I can't
speak for the latter two, but I know that Chenoweth went on to become an internationally acclaimed artist and a distinguished Marine officer, more later. The Complete Foreword for 1945
The organization, designing and writing of this 1945 edition of the Bolles Eagle seemed to be the most efficient method to produce our annual. Under this plan the work is divided into two groupings. First, the board of the Eagle ...has direct charge of arranging the six sections which comprise the Year Book. Second, the staff, who assist the editorial board. The art work and drawings throughout the Eagle are the work of Avery Chenoweth, who was assisted in this by Thomas Dulany and William Rayner. It is the hope of the Eagle Board and Staff that we have succeeded in producing a year book that will present a complete and representative picture of life here at Bolles. The year is now 1946. The war at long last is over! "Lights will shine again all over the world." So a happy, relieved Eagle staff declares: "We have endeavored to present a complete picture of the various activities of our school life." Continuing: "In it (Eagle) students may relive their school days; see again the faces of their old friends; and recall the contacts they enjoyed here." Nothing new so far. But I would be derelict not to mention that the Class of 1946 was destined to become the most distinguished class Bolles had yet produced. Among them were professionals, business leaders, entrepreneurs and philanthropists too numerous to mention. As a senior class, they produced the Senior Shell out on the River Campus, by far the most significant class contribution to date. They expected to take ownership of the Shell by sitting there during their graduation. Ironically, however, their well-made plan was rained out. This class a few years later is also responsible for the current Alumni Conference Room, formerly the recreation and pool room, which today is indispensable. However, there is more. By far the most important event of the year was the transference of proprietorship from Agnes Cain Painter, who 44
had acquired the property from the Richard J. Bolles estate, to a Board of Trustees, chaired by Dad Clifford G. Schultz, whose philanthropy would produce a new state-of-the-art classroom building which now bears his name, the first major new building in the history of the growing school. In fact, many alumni in this class would themselves become trustees and thereby become responsible for the future destiny of the school. Finally, this dramatic change in the governance of the school included the appointment of Major DeWitt E. Hooker as the second and final head of school during the military era. Their Foreword, however, is lean and matter-of-fact. The Complete Foreword for 1946 In producing this Year Book we have endeavored to present a complete picture of the various activities of our school life. It is our earnest desire that in years to come cadets will cherish it for the memories it contains and that in it they will relive their school days; see again the faces of their old friends; and recall the contacts they enjoyed here. Thus, we give you, THE STUDENT BODY, this 1946 edition of the Bolles Eagle. The author of the 1947 Foreword must have discovered that there is a finite phrasing for a foreword and therefore sought to create something more original. Hence, he combines the traditional foreword with a thematic statement, which is more a table of contents than a theme. In deference to the past, the foreword begins: "We do most earnestly hope that this Eagle will give its readers an opportunity to live over again many happy moments in their life here when they read this annual in the future." Then it proceeds with a statement of theme, which is entirely new, never done before: "The theme of this Eagle is to try and present a picture of first," and then it goes on to enumerate five sections, but somewhat surprisingly, it concludes with
athletics, as if to deemphasize athletics. However, by far the most important event of the year is the fact that Major DeWitt E. Hooker assumes command of the school. He would serve until the military was terminated in 1962, seventeen years, making him the longest serving of the two heads during the military era and second in longevity only to Harry M. deMontmollin, Jr., Class of 1956, who served for twenty-five years. Moreover, the military programs achieved their greatest distinction during Hooker's tenure. The Complete Foreword for 1947 It is our aim in producing this Eagle to give to the student body and to the faculty a picture of the activities on our campus. We do most earnestly hope that this Eagle will give its readers an opportunity to live again many happy moments in their life here when they read this annual in the future, which we do sincerely wish may be most prosperous to us all. THEME The theme of this Eagle is to try and present a picture of first—the Faculty, to whom we owe so much; second—the Student Body, which enables us to look at ourselves as we were growing up; third—The Military and Naval, which tries to teach us some sort of discipline; fourth--- Organizations, which give us a picture of the extra-curricular activities in which we participate; fifth— Athletics, which teaches us the art of good sportsmanship. Therefore, we are making The Bolles School this picture theme of our 1947 annual, and that the divisions of this book depict certain well-known places around the campus.
The 1948 foreword had become a bit perfunctory but no less sincere: "We have striven to give you a permanent record of our student life here at Bolles." It concludes: "We wish for you, our fellow students, a life of happiness and success, and many pleasant recollections of our days at Bolles." Nationally speaking, 1947 and 1948 were transitional, post-war years as the country struggled brilliantly back to our former lives. Probably most important for most students, indeed for the nation, was the return to normalcy by Detroit, the global home of the auto industry, as the 46
auto industry retooled from wartime military vehicles and tanks and began once again to produce good old American cars. By 1947 and 1948, new cars began to appear, but not many on the Bolles campus. To be sure, most of these early cars were lemons, but it was still great to savor lemonade again, even if it was a bit sour. And finally there was unlimited gasoline, which cost from 12 cents to 15 cents a gallon. Remember, gas was severely rationed during the war, three gallons a week for ordinary drivers. Therefore, no doubt, many of the "pleasurable recollections" the foreword wished for included recollections of cars, for graduating cadets, their first. Remember your first? The Complete Foreword for 1948 In publishing this book, we, the staff of the Eagle, have striven to give you a permanent record of our student life here at Bolles. In these pages we have put those things which we thought would be cherished most in later years as memories of your high school days: its joys; its problems; its enduring friendships. If in years to come, you look through these pages to re-live pleasant memories; to recall old friends; if through this record to help you remember your days at Bolles as one of the happiest parts of your life, then we may truly say: We have achieved our purpose. We wish for you, our fellow students, a life
recollections of our days at Bolles. The 1949 foreword echoes all the rest, but it does add one new spark of originality. It affirms that the book that follows presents "the story of a school," which indeed it does. Every school has a story to tell, but an outstanding school must tell its story creatively. The class of 1949 discovers the art of story telling: "This Year Book has, in â€˜the Story of a School,â€™ portrayed the highlights of the history of your life here at Bolles." No doubt the most important highlight in this story is the dedication of the Clifford G. Schultz Academic Hall, a gift 47
from the same Dad who became the first Chairman of the new Board of Trustees in 1946. The foreword concludes, predictably," with hopes that the Eagle may become a record of glowing memories for each of you." The Complete Foreword for 1949 This edition of The Bolles Eagle presents to the Corps of Cadets the story of Bolles as that tale unfolded during the course of the present year. Since the amount of space apportioned to this book was limited, no attempt, on the part of the authors, has been made to present the complete account of the events of the year. Instead, this Year Book has, in `The Story of a School,' portrayed the highlights of the history of your life here at Bolles. The authors sincerely hope that you, the Cadet Corps of Bolles, will find on these pages the means of re-living your days here, and that in the future this edition of the Eagle may become a record of glowing memories for each of you. By 1950 Forewords are beginning to be a little thin, less and less meat, reminiscent of Taylor, the huge fellow who ran the kitchen and apportioned the food. At one time or another, every cadet had the dubious pleasure of traipsing to the kitchen for a tray of food, a task that usually required the unfortunate server to return to the kitchen for seconds, only to be told by Taylor: "No mo meat," so the server usually returned to the table empty-handed. Well, from here on out most of the forewords have returned empty-handed from Taylor's perch. However, although there is little meat left, there are lots of delectable fruits. The 1950 Foreword concludes: "We, the authors of `The Life of a Cadet,â€? do sincerely hope that you will enjoy this book, and that, in later years, it will remind you of the fruitful terms spent at The Bolles School." History has long confirmed that the many small fruit trees these students planted have borne
mounds of remarkable fruits of all kinds, and these trees, now mature, just keep on bearing. Although earlier forewords referred often to WWII, surprisingly there is no reference to the Korean War, which began in 1950 and dragged on until 1953. Many cadets served in this war also (Four were killed), and a few faculty members were recalled to active duty and actually participated in combat, including Major Johnny Davis, revered commandant, who later returned to Jacksonville but not to Bolles.
The Complete Foreword for 1950
As the school term draws to a close, the Eagle endeavors to present to you a summary of the events and activities at Bolles during the current year. We are trying to depict, as closely and as completely as possible, the part an average cadet takes in these activities. We, the authors of 'The Life of a Cadet,' do sincerely hope that you, the members of the Corps, will enjoy this book, and that, in later years, it will serve to remind you of the fruitful terms spent at The Bolles School.
Still seeking someway to create an original design to frame their Foreword, for the second time in Bolles history, we start with a quotation, but this time only a single obscure line of poetry: "Remembered joys are never past!" The author of the Foreword, like the poet, "assumes an even greater significance in our lives after graduation from Bolles." The year on the whole was rather routine. No earth shattering events are recorded. Worth noting, however, was the arrival of a new football coach, familiarly know as Chubby Simmons, a 400 pound former pro whose legacy will be suggested in the year book for 1952. This was also the year that I arrived and the year that one of the most outstanding cadets in the history of the school, Harry M. deMontmollin, Jr., enrolled in the eighth grade. Harry, as indicated earlier, would in later years become the longest serving head of school in the history of the school. So into the sunset across the St. Johns would sail another proud class.
The Complete Foreword for 1951
“Remembered joys are never past!"
This line spoken by a poet assumes an even greater significance in our lives after graduation from Bolles. Recollections of agreeable—as well disagreeable—events experienced in college preparation remain with us throughout our lives, cherished as well as others in later life. To most of us, there is no greater symbol of reminiscence than the school annual. With this in mind, the ensuing pages are designed to refresh your memories in future years. Although the 1952 Foreword is among the briefest ever, it assumes a growing significance. The school was rapidly maturing as it celebrated its Twentieth Anniversary, and the book sought to "reflect the part each of us played in it ( Twentieth Anniversary)." But a once in Bolles history unfurled this year as the new football coach, Chubby Simmons, began his short career at Bolles. However, the funny bouncing ball for which he was responsible took a disastrous bounce backward, and he himself was bounced when it was discovered that he was playing ineligible players, a couple of whom were past the age of consent. So the real Bolles athletes, those who played their hearts out, had to conclude the year with a broken heart as the school was forced to forfeit the entire season. Nevertheless, the big round ball continued its successful quest for the hoop, and the crack of the bat in the spring hurled the small round ball out into the palmettos and nettles, and, finally, Tavi Garces’ lithe swimmers continued to make successful waves. It was, as always, a memorable year. The Complete Foreword for 1952
This annual is your school in printâ€”the reflection as caught in pictures and type of Bolles' twentieth year and the part that each of us played in it. For some of us this is our final Bolles Eagle which we will receive as students; for others this is the first of many. But whether as a senior or as an underclassman of 1951-'52 as you read this annual, we of the staff hope that it will be cherished in years to come and will bring to mind memories of a memorable year at Bolles. "Time Marches On" was the title of an antique news medium called a newsreel, which marched into oblivion as television became commonplace. And with the passing of the newsreel, we witness the passing of the forewords. 1953 was the last. I have no idea why the foreword was discontinued, but I assume it simply went out of style or the editors grew tired of trying to create something new each year. From that date forward we began to look backward as well as forward. However, it is an interesting foreword for several reasons. Although the authors could not realize in 1953 that the next year book would begin without a foreword, their own foreword was an appropriate taps, and it tends to epitomize all the previous ones. For the first time ever, they quote the most appropriate military term possible: "We have striven to produce an accurate portraiture of Bolles passing in review." Passing in Review! How many Sunday afternoons did you pass in review? As I finish my own marching in place, I have meandered through your many forewords, and I feel your nostalgia as I witness your passing in review. The Complete Foreword for 1953
We the editors of the Eagle have dedicated our services in the production of this annual to the sole purpose of presenting to the Corps of Cadets a pictorial resume of their life at Bolles during the school year 1952-â€˜53. We have striven to produce an accurate picture of Bolles, passing in review. Although it is difficult to express in print the emotions of a person, our intention has 51
been to recapture the spirit and enthusiasm which exist in the life of each cadet. It is our deepest hope that, in the years that follow, you may re-live and re-enjoy the activities and friendships you have experienced in Bolles during the last year through the medium of your 1953 edition of the Eagle. Although the students who wrote this last foreword could not know it, they were, in fact, writing the conclusion of a sub-chapter, the first twenty years of the military chapter; and, as I stated earlier, this composite of forewords is intended to provide the reader with an overview of the first years of the military chapter of the story of The Bolles School and thereby produce a framework for the entire Scrapbook.
A Bit of Early History Profiles of Progenitors Roger M. Painter: Into the Future As the founder of the school, Roger M. Painter is obviously a name to remember, in fact, the first icon. Having no formal education himself, it is ironic that he would even consider launching a school, especially since he had observed a previous school, the Florida Military Academy, collapse after only four years in the very same facilities that were destined to become The Bolles School. Roger began his affiliation with Richard J. Bolles (who, having died in 1917, had absolutely nothing to do with the school that bears his name) as a four-dollar--week office boy in 1916, barely a year before Bolles' death. He quickly rose through the ranks of the Richard J. Bolles Estate to reach an executive level from which he was able to lease the pristine facilities to the Florida Military Academy, then located in Green Cove Springs just south of Jacksonville; but this school couldn't make it and was evicted in the summer of 1932, when it packed up and departed for St. Petersburg, leaving behind a magnificent hotel, now the revered Bolles Hall, which would become the anchor and focus of The Bolles School campus. In his goal to succeed where the other school had failed, Painter had an extraordinarily savvy partner, his wife, the former Agnes Cain, whom he had married in 1923. So these two, both protĂŠgĂŠes of Bolles himself, neither of whom had any formal education, wisely decided to secure the professional expertise necessary to operate a successful entrepreneurial gamble like a school. Even though times were bad, Painter was able to project a very positive image. And, although the school began life as a military school, Painter carefully conducted a very successful public media campaign designed to emphasize academics. All the preliminary work and planning came to fruition on January 5, 1933, when the doors of The Bolles School swung open; and Roger Painter and his faculty of ten teachers welcomed fourteen cadets who would comprise the first student body. Painter had done his homework well, and the growing school quickly proved that it doesn't necessarily require a professional educator to conceive, implement, and operate a successful educational institution, so successful, in fact, that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools officially accredited the fledgling Bolles School the following December, 1933. But Painter was not satisfied with a 55
single military program. Situated on the majestic St. Johns River, its location made it a natural for a naval program. Painter soon began a lobbying campaign in Washington, which came to fruition in 1941 when the Secretary of the Navy notified Painter that his application for a naval program had been approved, whereupon The Bolles School became the only school in the nation that could boast honors programs in both the army and the navy. The 1930's were the formative years that laid the foundation and began the multitude of traditions which distinguished not only the military years but which were later transmitted to the traditional preparatory school whose recent and current success rests firmly on that military foundation. The 1938 Yearbook correctly states in its dedication: "Every worthwhile institution must develop around a personality of some person whose wholehearted interest and sincerity of endeavor in behalf of that institution is such that he will give of his best service. Such has been Mr. Painter's unselfish interest in development of The Bolles School in the past that we, the Eagle staff, feel confident that his taking over the active leadership of the faculty and student body augurs well for the future greatness of the School." Painter's subsequent enduring contributions to the School clearly demonstrate that the students who rendered this prediction augured well indeed. Painter's last official words, spoken to the Class of 1945, also made a prediction: "Today at graduation you are school boysâ€”tomorrow you will be men." The end of the beginning presaged change and transition, both for the school and for Painter personally. It was now time for Roger M. Painter, founder and first president, to stand down. After thirteen remarkably creative and productive years, he would transmit an established and thriving school to his successor, Major DeWitt E. Hooker, the second and final head of the military school, who would himself stand down in 1961. Major DeWitt E. Hooker: Extending the Legacy Major Dewitt E. Hooker, distinguished educator and gentleman, arrived at The Bolles School in 1939 and served as head of school from 1946 until his retirement in1961, the second longest tenure in the history of the school, exceeded only by Harry M. deMontmollin, Jr., 1956, Hooker protĂŠgĂŠe, who served from 1976 until his retirement in 2000. All who knew him recall Hooker as an educator first, followed by soldier, outstanding citizen, and athlete. The Eagle 56
dedication in 1961, the last authentic military yearbook, states his life and career eloquently: "It is a privilege for the yearbook staff to dedicate the 1961 Eagle to the man who has done the most for The Bolles School, Major DeWitt E. Hooker...His vitality and energy indicate a driving force that persuades others to follow his example. What is most impressive about Major Hooker is his great sense of human understanding and personal warmth…A man of exceptional appearance, Major Hooker has won many an opponent to his side by the sheer force of his magnetic personality ....Throughout his career, Major Hooker has maintained an active interest in all sports, having been at one time a highly successful football, baseball, and basketball coach. His life has been an example of unselfish devotion to duty and to his fellow man. If, in some small way, we achieve success in later life, it will have been due in large part to Major DeWitt E. Hooker." Major Hooker was born in 1897 in Auburn, N.Y., the last of a long line of distinguished Americans to bear the name Hooker and a direct descendant of Thomas Hooker, founder of Hartford, Connecticut. He served in WWI, and subsequently graduated from Syracuse University in 1921. He began his professional career at the Manlius School in Manlius, N.Y., where he remained until 1938. In 1939, he accepted a position at The Bolles School. At Bolles he assumed the position of Commandant, English teacher, professor of military science and tactics, and football and basketball coach, a lot to ask of one person. Happily, he excelled in all of them. In December, 1941, he was recalled to active duty. Meanwhile, back at Bolles The Board of Trustees decided that the growing complexity of the school required new blood to elevate the school to the next level and that the distinguished Major Hooker's blood type matched that of The Bolles School, so they lured him back and installed him as superintendent/headmaster, a position he would retain until 1961, when he retired. During his seventeen-year administration, the school matured from a very promising regional school to a school of national prominence, the only school in the nation that could boast honors designation in both army and naval programs. He often said, "I don't call this a military school with academic training. It's an academic school with military training." In the Twenty-fifth Anniversary yearbook, he declared, "It has long been our aim not to discipline but to inspire, not to compel but to interest." Inherent in these statements is another favorite Hooker conviction: "A man either leads or he follows. There is no in between." It is fair to say that 57
these three statements constitute the criteria that guided "Hook" through his long tenure. His character endowed his favorite Bolles aphorism: "Bolles is a friendly school," a statement that is perhaps his most enduring legacy and as true today as it was when he said it. Although the school prospered in every dimension during "Hook's" tenure, nationally military schools were losing their appeal, so in 1960 the Board of Trustees announced the decision to terminate the military, which was tantamount to saying that the Hooker administration would assemble for the last sounding of taps. In closing the military chapter, a grateful Board of Trustees saluted him for the last time: "Now, therefore, be it unanimously resolved by the Board of Trustees of The Bolles School that it hereby expresses its deep sense of gratitude to Major DeWitt E. Hooker for his twenty-two years of loyal service to The Bolles School, its appreciation for the cheerful, efficient, and successful manner in which he has performed his many and various duties." Agnes Cain Painter It is uncertain just how Agnes Cain met Richard J. Bolles, but we know that she met him in Colorado Springs, where she had moved from Cleveland. Little is known about their early relationship, although we do know that somewhere along the way she became his private secretary. However, she was much too astute and ambitious to settle for such a mundane life. There is no doubt that she learned from him how to maneuver her way through the world of high finance. In fact, he probably began to lean on her to the extent that she became his financial confidant. We know that she accompanied him to Florida and was undoubtedly personally involved in his high-flying Florida enterprises. Following his death in 1917, she became the primary mover-shaker of his vast estate and financial holdings, and she continued to maintain her office in downtown Jacksonville. In 1923 she married Roger M. Painter, who had been Bolles' office-boy but who had risen through the ranks of the Bolles' Investment Company to a position of prominence. Thereafter, the Painters planned together how to launch a joint venture which would become The Bolles School. There is no denying her role in the founding of the school, and she remained unofficially second in command throughout the Painter tenure. The childless couple chose to live on campus, so they converted four rooms in the south end of the hotel into a livable apartment where they resided until 1944. Even from this unlikely residence, 58
she managed to continue her high-flying life, traveling often to New York and abroad. When in Jacksonville, she split her time between the school, where she loved to roam, visiting and chatting with students, and her downtown office. In 1946 Agnes and Roger parted ways, and she lived out her life across the street in the house the school had purchased for them. Alone now, she gradually withdrew from the school and eventually from life itself.
Vera Hooker Mrs. Vera Hooker arrived at Bolles with her husband, the future Superintendent DeWitt E. Hooker, in September, 1939. The Hookers had no children, so the entire cadet corps became their family. Add to the corps the entire faculty, and it quickly becomes obvious that this extended Hooker family was a remarkable unit. While her husband was busy running the school, Vera Hooker was also very busy, both up front and behind the scenes. She was responsible for all social affairs, which, in those days in a large boarding school were extensive: several formal dances for the students, also heavily attended by the faculty, all faculty social functions; a formal tea for the Bolles family and friends following each Sunday parade; surrogate mother to young faculty wives; monthly bridge parties for faculty wives; the hospitality committee; and graduation social functions, just to mention the most obvious. She was also assistant to the financial officer; she oversaw food services, which were strictly in-house in those days; she supervised dormitory house-cleaning, also in-house; she was purchasing agent for uniforms and military paraphernalia and was in charge of the uniform shop and bookstore. Vera complemented her husband perfectly, and her extensive involvement contributed enormously to the success of the school in many ways, not the least of which was freeing her husband from daily worries and thereby enabling him to concentrate his considerable talents on running the school. For almost a quarter of a century, Vera Hooker was a vital and energetic force in the successful operation of The Bolles School.
Getting Started For those of you who may not know (or, Heaven forbid, may have forgotten), The Bolles School, although originally a military school, was not fired from a cannon. In fact, the property experienced two previous disastrous incarnations before it rose like the Phoenix from the ashes, flapped its wings over the San Jose landscape and settled back into place as The Bolles School. The San Jose Hotel, now known as Bolles Hall, (also now on the National Register of Historic Places) registered its first guest on January 1, 1926, but the collapse of the Florida boom resulted in bankruptcy for the hotel in just a matter of months. Enter Agnes Cain and her husband, Roger M. Painter, both protĂŠgĂŠes of Richard J. Bolles, who died in 1917. Now responsible for his vast estate, they leased the property to the Florida Military Academy, previously located in Green Cove Springs, which opened for business in the former San Jose Hotel on January 1, 1928, two years to the day after the San Jose Hotel registered its first guest. But these were bad times and tough years and the Florida Military Academy was doomed to failure. In the summer of 1932, the FMA was evicted from San Jose and headed south to a new home in St. Petersburg. Against this backdrop, The Bolles School opened for business on January 5, 1933, seven years after the San Jose Hotel registered its first guest. Faced for the third time with a magnificent white elephant, this fearless couple, Agnes and Roger Painter, responded to F. D.R.'s admonition not to fear; and, with typical American bravado, they decided that they would launch and operate a school for themselves, although neither of them had any formal schooling. They were able to recruit and register only fourteen students on opening day, but The Bolles School had arrived. Once again the Phoenix spread its wings and rose from the ashes. Classes were in session, and The Bolles School began its long distinguished history. For whatever reason, fourteen eager boys showed up for opening day, January 5, 1933, to be greeted by eight/ten (?) outstanding teachers. Following is a list of the fourteen charter members of that tiny but distinguished student body: Edward Leslie Bryan John William Muncie Leon Rogers Robert Besserer Ray R. Williams
Nicholas Mehrtens Morris Smith Chauncey I. McDowell Sidney Register * The first and only graduate 1933 Robert Traxler
Thomas Skiff Richard J Griffin Robert Warnock John C. Cooper, III
â€œFor the sum of $165.00, a day-boy would receive tuition, uniforms, lunch and a bus ride home at the end of a long day.â€? The Board of Trustees created a founding charter that stipulated that the school would "conform to the highest educational standards." Commandant R. L. Brunson told the American Legion: "A well-rounded preparation for College work with emphasis on scholarship rather than military training is the aim of The Bolles School." Their ambition was achieved with lightning speed. In December, 1933, as the inaugural year drew to a close, The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools officially conferred its stamp of approval and granted The Bolles School full accreditation. Reasons for attending Bolles Then as now, Jacksonville public schools left much to be desired. Therefore, most students attended Bolles strictly for superior academics; and without exception they received a far better college preparation. The vast majority of teachers, 209 during the twenty-nine years of the military chapter, were excellent or outstanding. Most held degrees from many of the finest universities in the land, including the likes of Harvard and Princeton. (Faculty are discussed in detail elsewhere.) Scholars of the first magnitude, they took their profession seriously, and they produced great results. A graduate of 1938 states: "A uniform can hide a lot of problems. On the other hand, our best teachers had no military background." As this quotation suggests, the military aspect was a mixed-bag. Most cadets either loved it or at least tolerated it, but a few actually resented it. However, the vast majority of the 1455 cadets who attended Bolles during those years, as indicated in their responses, simply loved the military life and wanted to experience it. They loved the pomp and ceremony, such as parades, which often took them downtown for occasions such as Armistice Day Parades (now Veterans' Day) and to the beach to open the season in the spring. They even performed at halftime for the Gators! A 1952 alumnus recalls: "The discipline of the military environment was a good thing, and I will always remember receiving my first uniforms and how proud I was to wear them." A 1946 alum asserts: "I believe I Enjoyed virtually every minute of my four years at Bolles." The battalion commander in 1942, states: "I was sent to Bolles because of its smaller classes and its superior education. It just happened to have military."
Many cadets attended Bolles hoping to get a leg-up on admission to the military academies, and most of these were successful. Interestingly, the vast majority of those sought admission to the Naval Academy, although many also sought West Point. It's unclear why this 61
lopsided condition developed, but probably many were the sons of naval officers. Almost every respondent asserted that cadets had an excellent preparation for R.O.T.C. or N.R.O.T.C. Almost everyone who attended Bolles through WWII served in that war; and, of course, they advanced quickly to commissioned officer status. Sadly, twelve made the supreme sacrifice. Many remained in the service for a professional career, most rising to high rank, including several flag officers. Many of these WWII veterans were recalled for the Korean War, and many graduates through about 1953 were also called to serve in this war, including four who gave their lives there. Quite a few who graduated into the sixties even served in the Vietnam War, including at least three who gave their lives in that war. Several served out their military careers as doctors, including one who spent his entire military career as a psychiatrist. So far as we can tell, at least nineteen cadets lost their lives in these three wars. For most students, the military was secondary; they simply wanted a superior college preparatory education. A small but significant group of cadets were sons of various government officials who were assigned overseas, Turkey, for example, often where there was no adequate way to acquire the secondary education required for attending American colleges. As a group they were outstanding citizens and scholars. A similar group were sons of American corporate executives who were working all over the world, and they too had to come to the U.S. to prepare for American colleges, and they too were outstanding citizens and scholars. A third group who wished to prepare to attend American colleges were foreign nationals, heavily Cuban, who were faced with the task of learning English at the same time they were mastering subject matter. Since there was no such thing as E.S.L. (English as a second language) in those days, they were pretty much on their own, but the faculty certainly assisted them as best they could, which was in most cases adequate. Moreover, most American students helped boost these displaced souls over the bar. Another small group were sons of single moms whose husbands had died in the wars and for various other reasons considered Bolles an ideal way to expose their sons to adult males for mentoring. Many military alumni recall that they discovered surrogate fathers among the many faculty role models. Not surprisingly, there were a few who describe themselves as "Army brats," who naturally felt a unique obligation to their fathers. A 1957 cadet no doubt spoke for many: "My parents wanted to give me a good education and 'make a man out of me.' " To be sure, there were students who had problems. A few came from dysfunctional homes, the most famous of whom was Gram Parsons, 1965, who is universally recognized as 62
one of the seminal voices of the new music that emerged during the sixties. For these students, Bolles was literally a home away from home, often a far better home than the real one they visited on holidays. Many of these boys who came from troubled homes found father figures here who they freely admit saved them from disaster. Respondents often mention such faculty/administrators as Major Bradley and Major Hooker in this category. Often overlooked in this category are female staff like Mrs. Bradley, Mrs. Klahr, and Mrs. Searles, all of whose sons graduated from Bolles. In fact, Miriam Searles's son, DeWitt R. Searles, 1939, about whom more later, went on to become a major general who served in all three wars. These ladies were mothers to countless lonely cadets and even a few young teachers. Finally, there were a few, very few, domestic rebels who were dragged to Bolles against their will because they were unwilling to behave at home in such a way as to succeed in public school; and wellintentioned parents sought out Bolles as a possible solution, and for most of them it was. Most of these individuals admit today that Bolles saved them. In fact, many of them went on to become outstanding corporate, professional, and civic leaders. As all of you know, there were a great many who actually objected to the termination of the military programs. Typical of these is Stephen G. Spragens, 1952: "The traditions of the military era at Bolles remain in my heart and mind. It taught us love of country as well as the need for respect and discipline. It taught us that we must be accountable for our actions and the value of a good education. Bolles has evolved into an excellent co-ed prep school, but to me a great deal was lost when the military aspect of the school was displaced, but then I suppose that every generation feels that way about their era and the things that were important to them."
Anecdotes Twice in the military era brothers served as Battalion Commanders: George Varn in 1938, who, incidentally, was the first day-boy so honored; and his younger brother, Lester Varn, in 1942, who recalls standing at full parade on Sunday afternoon, December 7, 1941, when Major Hooker announced to the battalion that Pearl Harbor had been attacked. The other brothers to serve as battalion commanders were actually halfbrothers, Keith Palmer in 1953 and his younger brother, Ted Quantz, in 1957. John Pons, 1945, states: "In 1946, I was stationed in Nuremberg, Germany, and attended the war crimes trials many times and saw all the criminals personally.... My 63
son-in-law, G. K. Stephenson, was head coach of the Buffalo Bills, NFL." Dr. Carl G. Madsen, 1946, recently hypothesized: "Perhaps aging graduates of the military years...should take over the soldiering role in Iraq (and elsewhere) from the young family men currently over there....Those of us beyond child-rearing years are expendable....It makes sense not to send generation after generation of our breed stock off to war. Too many iterations of that and the gene pool dries up. Old soldiers can go to war without running that risk." George Hallam, The Standard Bearer: "Before that first January was out, a pair of cadets put Bolles on the map by rescuing two men whose boat had capsized midstream between the school and Camp Foster (now Naval Air Station) across the river. Cadets Laddie Bryan, 1936, and Richard Griffin, 1937, became Bolles first heroes." For every cadet who ever attended The Bolles School, the former San Jose Hotel, now Bolles Hall, is synonymous with The Bolles School. It is the first image that pops into our mind's eye when we think of the school. As indicated previously, it was built in 1925, the year of my birth, and is now on the list of America's historic places. However, seventy-five years as a dormitory, half of which is today classrooms, have taken their toll. You will be happy to know that much has been done in recent years to restore it to its early grandeur, but nothing has been so spectacular as the recent restoration of the once elegant lobby. Thanks to the dedication and vision of Alice Trainer, wife of John Trainer, current president (2010), it now reflects its original grandeur, including most of the original furniture, which has been painstakingly restored. As everyone knows, restoration is very expensive, so we have to proceed incrementally. Alice formed a committee called Friends of Bolles Hall "to promote the building's restoration and preservation. The group's purpose is friend-raising. All interested parties are welcome to join." Although this is a current anecdote, it clearly reflects the military legacy and preserves the old building that for most cadets evokes a nostalgic look back. About Bolles, 2003. There have been many great classes in the history of the school, but arguably the Class of 1946 was the greatest up to that date. It was a very special class. Because of the war, they were rushed to maturity; but they were ready to take on the future-- at the school, in the war (Almost all of them were involved.) and in college and beyond. Today three buildings on the Bolles campus are named after men whose sons graduated in the Class of 1946: Hirsig, Schultz, and McGehee. (I think I should add parenthetically that James Bent, 1953, has joined this 64
distinguished group by donating a fabulous new Bent Student Center, just completed and dedicated, August, 2009.) Four of the cadets of 1946, including Fred H. Schultz, later served as trustees, three of them as chairmen of the board: Beverly W. Hirsig, Quinn R. Barton, Jr., and Frank S. McGehee. Quinn R. Barton Jr., valedictorian, was the school's first National Merit Scholar. At least two of the 1946 members have received national recognition. Fred Schultz, salutatorian, later excelled in politics, education and business and, most prominent, vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board. Joe Kittinger became a flying ace and achieved national media acclaim (in fact, global acclaim) for his record high altitude balloon flights and parachute jumps in the 1950's and 1960's. Most notable and spectacular, however, was his record as the first man to enter space at over 102,000 feet. Of his many decorations and awards, the most distinguished, no doubt, was the "coveted Harmon International Trophy presented to him in 1960 by President Eisenhower." As mentioned earlier, the Class of 1946 also funded, created and installed the Senior Shell. More recently this class further distinguished itself by restoring, and preserving, and converting the former Senior Lounge/Pool Room into The Alumni Conference Room, an extremely important addition because it also is the resting place of many of our most important military archives and artifacts.
Dormitory Life and the Military Dorm Life: â€œUp at 6:30 to the sound of reveille. Get dressed in service uniform, including shined shoes and necktie. Clean room, make bed, etc. Inspection at 7:15. Formation at 7:30 and march to breakfast. Classes start at 8:30. Lunch formation at 12:30. At 2:00 naval or military classes and/or drill. Athletics at 4:00. Clean-up at 5:30. Retreat and dinner at 6:00. Study-hall in room with door open from 7:30 till 9:30. Taps and lights out at 10:00.â€? Richard Moore, 1949: "Following graduation from Bolles, I entered the Citadel, graduating June 13, 1953, marrying my long-time love, Betty Jones, and being commissioned in the infantry as a Second Lieutenant all in the same day. I have now been married to my lovely school sweetheart for 52 years...the day of my graduation from Bolles was one of the saddest days of my life; I actually cried at graduation."
John Duckworth, 1949, admits proudly that he was sent to Bolles because he was experiencing problems at home, including behavior, but he was a very intelligent fellow; and he actually became a solid student and outstanding citizen, for which he is eternally grateful to the school. He also was handicapped by dyslexia long before the condition was understood and assigned a name. In an interview some time ago, he stated: "It was during the war, and we were away from our families. Our fathers and often our mothers were away at war. Bolles was our home, and everyone here was our family." He recalls, as many others do, that his favorite teacher was Major Johnny Davis; and Johnny's wife Betty was also one of the family.
James Pinkerton, 1955: "No TV, thank God! I learned to polish my belt buckle with a blitz cloth without getting my shirt dirty."
Michael Miller, 1959: "Dorm life was great. I enjoyed the routine a great deal. Bolles was a good time for me....My time at Bolles was incredibly helpful to me during my service....I recall the Senior Circle with class stones, forays to Bay Street, The B Club, lots of hard academic work, drilling in the hot sun and the parades. Probably like many others, I hated to see the military go away." Dick Bridges, 1962: "Dorm life was a mixture of great fun and merriment, practical jokes, an occasional fight, studying, cleaning your room for inspection, and putting up with your roommate's odd habits. It was out in your hall at 6:30 a.m., then back into your room to dress and get ready for inspection outside before breakfast... Party with my town- boy buddies: Bolch, Shad, Covington, Franklin, McDonald and Tally; watching Mullins McLeod toss a bomb to Don Widegrin for another touchdown; Pablo Salame kicking a soccer ball like I had never seen before; AWOL Road; bus trips to away games. Finally, J. K. Davis on a tirade when he discovered my car was stashed away at San Jose Episcopal Church; Hochheim's eggs every Friday; learning a little about personal responsibility and discipline; and a wonderful sense of pride when the National Anthem was played and I was part of the Corps in full dress uniform standing at attention on the parade field."
Subsequent Military Awards and Distinctions: Almost everyone won awards too numerous to mention but some are unique and demand mention. Colonel John Latham, 1936, flew a mission over Poland in 1944, for which Russian President Boris Yeltsin presented him a special medal in 1992. Major General DeWitt R. Searles (son of Mrs. DeWitt R. Searles, housemother) flew 269 combat missions against the Japanese. He completed a total of 680 combat hours in the P47 Thunderbolt and P-51 Mustang aircraft. His many awards include the Distinguished Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with six oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Distinguished Unit Citation Emblem. (His official biography appears at the end of the text.) Among the most distinguished, and certainly unique, military careers is that of Marine Colonel H. Avery Chenoweth, 1946, who served a long career as artist and writer of military subjects, a sampling of which include portraits of four former commandants of the Marine Corps, which hang in the Pentagon, and a project to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Marine Corps Aviation. To commemorate the Bicentennial of the Constitution and the Army, the U.S. Army commissioned him to paint the official poster to be distributed worldwide. In 1993 he designed and installed a 9 ft. by 13 ft. stained glass window commemorating the 5th Marine Division on Iwo Jima which hangs at Parris Island. He also painted a 4 ft. by 5 ft. depiction of Guadalcanal which hangs at Quantico. Others of his portraits of senior officers and his combat paintings of Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf War are displayed throughout the Marine Corps. In 1999 Chenoweth designed the exhibit for the Freedom Museum in Manassas, Virginia. Chenoweth's writing is as varied and distinguished as his art: His original and definitive resource book entitled Art of War. Eyewitness to US. Combat Art from the Revolution through the Twentieth Century was published in 2002. His second book, US. In the Air, on Land and Sea, the Story of the Marines, was published in 2005. A one hour
NBC--TV special he produced, directed and edited won top honors in 1971. Incidentally, Avery's parents spent their honeymoon in the San Jose Hotel. (His official biography appears in the back of the text.)
Walter K. Haile, Jr. states: "In 1948, I commanded the Drill Team at the half- time at the first Gator Bowl and Senior Bowl games." Wilbur Trafton, 1962: “A graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy, Captain Trafton retired from the U.S. Navy after twenty-six years of service. He is a decorated combat veteran, having flown eighty-five combat missions from aircraft carrier Shangri-la in the Vietnam War...He was awarded the Bronze Star for his duty in Desert Storm....He has over 3000 flight hours and 700 carrier landings.... He is a former Associate Administrator for space flight at NASA, where he was responsible for planning, budgeting and execution of the Space Shuttle Program, the International Space Shuttle Program, and the Deep Space Network. He was responsible for four NASA centers: Johnson Space Program in Houston, Texas; Kennedy Space Center in Florida; Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama; and Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. He was also awarded two NASA outstanding Leadership Medals. In 1997 Captain Trafton was selected for Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive.” (His official biography appears in the back of the text.)
Small World Stories Following his retirement, this same Colonel Latham mentioned above wound up living in a retirement village in Greensboro, N.C., where he met and became good friends with Dr. Carl E. Reed, who served for twelve years as the first authentic civilian headmaster of The Bolles School after the termination of the military programs. There were sixteen million men and women who served in WWII. I'm not sure how many were in the Korean War, but two Bolles alumni experienced incredible coincidences during this conflict. Fred Teed, 1950, tells this story: He went to jump school in Fort Benning, Ga., and there he met up with an old buddy, Henry Taylor, also 1950. After further training, they were off to Korea. Teed became a company commander and served for nine months. He returned home on the day the war ended. " Amazingly, he came home with this same Henry Taylor!" Bill Arehart, 1962: "My last two training tours were with the Office of the Assistant Chief of Engineers at the Pentagon, where I had lunch with Wilbur Trafton, mentioned above and also 1962. Colonel Ball’s admonition ‘to take of details and the big things will take care of themselves' has served me well.' " 68
Stuart D. Scott, Ph. D., 1950: "She (wife) remembers the routine of the Bartram girls marching around one side of the Agnes Cain Gymnasium dance floor, with the boys in an opposite column on the other side. When the lines joined at a central point, each cadet and his date first met and were paired for the evening. As I've matured, I have come to realize that teenage girls, no matter how beautiful, think they are unattractive and undesirable. My wife was no different, whining to her mother before each dance that the boy who ended up with her as a date would be terribly disappointed! Her mother's invariable response was, `Go! Someday you will meet a really nice boy from Bolles.' My wife ends the story by saying that mothers are always right, adding that just as her mother prophesied, one day she did meet a nice guy from Bolles—me—but it was in Buffalo, N. Y. , many years after the terrifying thoughts of Bolles dances had receded from her mind, and from mine! "
Robert A. (Bob) Mills, 1945: "My German duty was unique. I became a communications officer of the 3rd Battalion of the 8th Infantry Regiment, and Lt. Jack Pons, also Class of 1945, was communications officer of the 2nd Battalion of the 8th Infantry Regiment. Later as married vets, we each attended the University of Florida, where we were next door neighbors. We were both called back into the army. When we returned home a second time, we said our goodbyes in New York and the Pons went to Tallahassee and the Mills returned to Jacksonville, where we each became officers of our respective businesses as was our primary career....In recent years, Jack and I have renewed our contacts. Jack has written a non-fiction book of his life, and I have written my memoirs. Small world, isn't it?" Made smaller recently, I might add, by current lifestyles that have reassembled four former Trustees at Cypress Village in Jacksonville: Sam W. Denham, Jr., M.D.; Dekle Taylor, M.D.; Marvin Harper; and Bob Mills himself.” Indeed it is a small world as everyone attending a reunion discovers to his satisfaction and sometimes to his amazement."
Alfred S. (Barney) Barnhart, 1943: "Marching in the Nov. 11 Armistice Day Parade through the streets of Jacksonville with our band. How proud we felt! The full dress Sunday parades were special and particularly the Sunday after Pearl Harbor honoring the departure of Major Hooker who was called back to active duty. Mr. Huston, affectionately
referred to as "Chief." He was our `Mr. Chips.' The playing of taps each evening was mesmerizing, and I always wondered (what with the war going on) what part each of us would play in the future of our country after graduation. It's hard to believe that 65 years have gone by! A lifetime." Indeed!
John T. Auble, 1943: "Although I was not a perfect cadet, I soon learned about the demerit system... and you became acquainted with the Bull Ring, which was a quarter mile oval around the boulevard in front of the school to walk off your demerits (with rifle on shoulder). It was a privilege to know many wonderful and diversified cadets from all walks of life. The discipline, sportsmanship, teamwork and camaraderie we experienced were immeasurable. It carried me through combat with the marines, and many leadership roles in various organizations to my retirement to Florida from Ohio. I look back on these moments with fondness and respect that I hold for the training and molding of my character in the autumn of my life." (2008)
Forever Faithful Tom McCarter, 1950, asserts: "I stay in touch with several of my classmates and visit Bolles when I get the opportunity. I have fond memories of my stay at Bolles and have a picture of the main building (Bolles Hall) hanging in my office."
Richard (Dick) Thalleen, 1953: "The traditions I was taught at Bolles were carried with me my whole life. It doesn't matter how long it's been, we are always connected. The time we spent at Bolles was special. Bolles was special! Now it's only a very good private school. What a shame!"
Charles Cook Howell, III, 1959: "Much of Bolles' amazing growth and success, I feel, is due to the loyalty and support of the `old military grads,' many of whom have probably found themselves somewhat surprised at the strong positive feelings they continue to have about Bolles so many years after their graduationâ€”feelings that were forged in the crucible of a small military environment. While we sometimes fought among ourselves, the entire student body quickly grew together whenever faced with outside threats. Although I didn't fully appreciate it at the time, I 70
truly needed Bolles military discipline. I still recall how loudly our small Corps of Cadets would cheer during our football games, even though we usually came out on the short end...some of the traditions from Bolles' military years which I think have helped define many of the values which have shaped the lives of all of us from that era.
Thanks to the forever faithful, Bolles continues to prosper from those 1455 cadets who graduated in uniform. Although their ranks are thinning, their contributions, both financial and otherwise, continue to mount. It is impossible to reflect here all the ways that you have supported your school, but it is easy to demonstrate that the school could not have survived without you. I'll venture to say that your most important contribution has been your children and grandchildren who have perpetuated your name on the rosters and continue to extend your tradition, your fame, and your devotion in every possible way. Please accept a great big Bolles thanks to each of you as you continue your journey.
Civilian Exploits/Afterlife Bill White, 1956: "Caught the "Oriana" in L.A. to sail for New Zealand (where he has lived ever since). Mary Anne and I built a 32 ft. yacht and hoped to sail the Pacific, but with three small boys we found it impractical and ended up sailing the Hauraki Gulf and the islands around New Zealand. We owned a variety of yachts and sailed for over twenty-five years....In 1997 we went to work in Haifa, Israel, as volunteers for the Bahai Faith. We stayed there for three years.... We had a month house-sitting for friends in the Cook Islands."
Skip Foster, 1962: "I am starting my twenty-fifth year (as of 2005) with the Gator Athletic Department. After fourteen years of coaching swimming, I am now an assistant athletic director and work mainly with game management...I am an avid reader though, and much of the credit for that goes to my Senior English course."
Taylor W. Jones, 1956: "For about the last ten years, I have been heavily involved in international big game hunting. I have been on a safari to Africa eight of the last nine years (as 71
of 2005), and I am going back to two different countries there in late August and December of this year. I have also been to other parts of the world, and have found it to be much more exciting to be hunting something rather than just walking around and taking pictures."
Harry M. DeMontmollin, Jr., 1956: Emerson said it. Harry exemplifies it: "An institution is the lengthened shadow of one man." Harry entered as an eighth grader and quickly advanced through the ranks, graduating as Company Commander of the band, where he began to develop his remarkable leadership skills. Following his own military experience after college, he returned to Bolles, first as teacher, director of publications, and Alumni Director; but he quickly climbed the administrative ladder, and in 1976 he became the first and only alumnus ever to be appointed Headmaster. During his twenty-five year tenure as head of the school, the longest in the history of the school, he elevated the school to national prominence. I think his great success was due in no small part to his unique ability to meld the best traditions he absorbed from his own military experience, which began at Bolles and continued in the army, with the best traditions of a modem preparatory school. When Harry assumed the presidency in 1976, the school had passed through two milestones: first, the termination of the military programs in 1962 and, second, the admission of girls in 1971, unbelievable to military grads. During his twenty-five year tenure, milestones would accelerate exponentially, most or all of which he orchestrated. Therefore, I think that Harry's remarkable career, which began as an eighth grade cadet and continues to this day, certainly qualifies him as one of Bolles unique military alumni. Today the school is thriving as never before, conclusive testimony that Harry DeMontmollin's lengthened shadow now stretches across six decades. Roger Congdon, 1955: â€œforty-five year career as a fundraiser for local, national, and international social service, medical, religious and educational organizations has been very rewarding for me. I have been chief development officer for the American National Red Cross in Washington, D.C. and Vice President of Development for Habitat for Humanity. In those and a score of other non-profits I developed programs and conducted campaigns that have raised well over a billion dollars in all types of campaigns."
Athletics Distinctions Probably the most interesting and striking way to begin any discussion of athletics or to recall memorable athletic events is to begin with a quotation from the first, and probably only, coach that first year, Coach Summers, first name unknown, quoted previously, to the first real class to graduate, 1934: “Let your mind be open to good books, fine music, and pleasing art. It has been said that a man is judged by the library he keeps—let yours be the best. Life is a game; play it hard, clean, and fast. Study the game; keep training; be a real man and you cannot fail in the greatest of all things: your life! Be a real sportsman, but remember always that a man is judged by the library he keeps.” Unfortunately, nothing more is known about Coach Summers. The next yearbook states he had to be replaced because of ill health, but there was no further explanation. Although Coach Summers had no idea at the time just how high he was setting the bar, he was, in fact, conceptualizing our first and finest athletic tradition: the scholar-athlete. Obviously, "Coach" has long faded into obscurity, but his words have reverberated through every class since then, including the current one, 2010. Although Bolles has always been a winner, somewhere along the way most players will face the reality of losing; so our winning ethic also requires that “athletes learn to lose with class, humility and dignity, to remain composed, and, win or lose, to remain gentlemen.” And ladies. Stuart Gregory, 1952, probably states best the important role sports can play in the frequent confusion of the maturing of a teenage boy. He was one of the stars of Major Bradley's 1952 State Champions. When Stuart first arrived at Bolles, he fooled around for a year or two; but, he asserts: "I finally got the big picture and started applying myself. Once I started playing sports, everything fell into place....I learned teamwork and how to win and how to lose. I'll always treasure my days at Bolles. I wouldn't enjoy the success I've had without my Bolles experience." As every cadet knows the "B" Club was one of the first and always a very important student organization. "We the members of the "B" Club, in order to foster school spirit, encourage athletics, support the teams and coaches in all matters pertaining to athletics, and
instill the spirit of fair play and sportsmanship in the Bolles School, do hereby establish and ordain this constitution of the "B" Club of The Bolles School." Its first effort was in 1937, but originally it was largely an organization in name only; its greatest early accomplishment was getting its picture in the annual. However, it gained real legitimacy in 1939 when history teacher Mr. Ken Eppert, U.F., became the first sponsor/faculty advisor. He was followed briefly by Major Hooker. The next sponsor was Captain William A. Hochheim, in effect, the founding father, who served until 1947, when he was succeeded by Major Mark Bradley. Major Bradley invited all four major coachesâ€”football, basketball, baseball and swimmingâ€”to become involved. New rules governing eligibility stipulated that only distinguished athletes in these four sports were eligible for membership. Therefore, membership became a coveted honor, and members excelled not only in sports but in all major activities and organizations. The first Alpha Review states that "the organization is indeed a boon to Bolles, having remained more
or less a sister society to the Alpha Society, thereby combining both athletic and scholastic enthusiasms." Why they chose the feminine sister to modify these two societies remains a mystery.
Carl E. Reed, Headmaster, 1964-1976: Bolles Bulldog Football Program, 1965, unearthed in a Mississippi flea market in about 2002. Although the military was officially terminated as of graduation 1962, many military/civilian preppies who had enrolled prior to termination were still among us until 1967, when the last boy (a seventh grader when he enrolled) ever to wear a uniform graduated. In fact, these former cadets, juniors and seniors in 1965, were now the heart of our athletic teams. It seems appropriate, therefore, to quote Dr. Carl Reed's introduction in this 1965 heirloom because it speaks for all time: "Athletic contests are always exciting events for competitors and spectators alike. Our successes generate happy cheers; our failures, deep disappointment. But in all contests we value the tradition of good sportsmanship. We especially honor those who can take victory without arrogance or boasting and those who can accept defeat without excuses or rancor....Let us, then, enjoy these exciting contests and keep ever in mind their role in building young men of vigor, resourcefulness, and character." I have no doubt that the two military heads, Colonel Roger Painter and Major deWitt E. Hooker, would be happy to endorse Dr. Carl Reed's testimonial.
Bolles won its first football game in 1936 by beating Fernandina 7 to 6 on an end around run by Bill Stockton. From that point on, winning became a Bolles tradition, and it remains so until this very day. On December 17, 1939, the Florida Times Union selected Cadet Charlie Nuckols, one of many super cadet athletes, as halfback on the high school AllSouthern Team. Nuckols, one of the greatest passers ever developed in Florida schoolboy circles, starred consistently against teams rated superior to his own. His record of seventy completions out of 103 attempts is nothing less than phenomenal. And Bolles played such strong elevens as Leon of Tallahassee, Benedictine of Rome, Glynn of Brunswick, and Baylor of Chattanooga. In addition to being a good ball carrier, the 185 pound Nuckols was a fine blocker and a superb line-backer. Be it noted here that Nuckols was a three-letter athlete, starring also in basketball and baseball. His 1940 basketball team scored the first ever win of any kind over Andrew Jackson High School and even beat the Baby Gators (score unknown). In fact, this team went all the way to the state finals, losing to Chumuckla, 24-15.
Meanwhile, Bolles was excelling in the so-called minor sports: boxing, wrestling (citychamps) tennis, swimming, crew, and golf, which that same year, 1939, beat Lee on its way to the state Championship, the first of a long string of state titles which still continue to multiply. In fact, the new Bent Student Center, 2009, is permanent home to the Bulldog Hall of Fame, which displays hundreds of trophies of all kinds. (Any visit to the school should include a tour of the Bulldog Hall of Fame.)
Championships for the Cadets Golf, State Champions, 1939; District Champions, 1939 Baseball, District Champions,1952; State final four, 1952 Basketball, State Champions 1952; State Runners-up, 1945; District Champions, 1939; and a string of others too numerous to mention. Swimming, State Champions, 1951, 1952, 1953; State Runners-up, 1955, 1957, 1958; District champions, too numerous to mention.
Tennis, State Runners-up, 1959; District Champions, 1939, 1959 Wrestling, District Champions, 1939
Favorite coaches Captain Emile Roth, all round Mark Mark Bradley, all round Major Johnny Davis, baseball Captain Garces, swimming Captain Lloyd Bergen, all round Major Trusdale, all round Lt. Charles Lamb, football Jerry Teagarden, tennis Joe Whalen, tennis Commander Vaino Nelimark, golf Ray Stasco, football Bud Garrison, football Wesley (Buddy) Ward, big three sports
Pranks and Humor Alfred Barnhart, 1943: "As officer of the day, I took the detail out to raise the flag one morning; we were playing Fletcher in football that night. When I looked up at the flagpole, I saw a bunch of ladies' panties hanging from the mast with a note: 'Bolles cadets are a bunch of pantywaists.' When I showed them to Major Bradley, he was irate, and at breakfast he showed them to the student body and really incensed everyone. We went on to beat Fletcher that night; and years later, when I was visiting the school, he told me that he was the one who put the panties on the flagpole." John Duckworth, 1949, introduced above, recalls a bit of humor which he associates with Sundays. Cadets were required to march over to Grace Chapel for religious services, after which they took out their laundry, followed by a quirky requirement to write a letter to their parents, which often resulted in mailing empty envelopes. James Pinkerton, 1955: "Terry Jackson and I thought we could play football at 110 pounds until we made contact with Mark Trafton." "Company A is plenty shot; the stuff it takes they just ain't got. Their steps are slow; their turns are bad. They march just like my old 76
granddad. Sound off!"
Adrian Bimey, 1955: "The doorknobs were removed as a cost cutting device. When fingers appeared in the hole, we would bat them with a broom. I injured my mother when she made an unannounced visit.â€?
John McGuire, 1956: "Climbing the Water Tower after hours was a memorable event for me....creating `water courses' with the dining room table cloths so that we could direct water into someone's lap....also the technique of throwing hands with one to five fingers extended to see who would get the food; of course, I knew all the numbers and would count so fast that the `new boy' would not know he was doomed from the start."
Fred Haefele, 1962: "In three years at Bolles I probably marched over a thousand miles. Along with prepping for college, I learned the manual of arms, how to field strip an M1 rifle, and how to beat a surprise inspection... The Friday before Bolles School's final parade (May, 1962), my mother told our cleaning lady that she would never have to iron a pair of white dress pants again. After breathing a sigh of relief `Thank you, Jesus,' she finally said. " Among the most amusing stories during the entire military chapter involved the death, ironically, of Captain Orville Snyder, who lived in the dorm. His wife had predeceased him by several years, leaving him totally alone in the world, so he appointed Major Hooker executor of his estate. His last instructions required Major Hooker to have his (Snyderâ€™s) remains cremated and to inter them with the ashes of his deceased wife. However, he neglected to indicate where his deceased wife's ashes were located. Following Snyder's death in an automobile accident, Major Hooker tried for days to locate Mrs. Snyder's ashes, but unsuccessful he directed the housekeeper to clean out Captain Snyder's living quarters so the apartment could be reassigned. At the end of the day, the housekeeper reported to Major Hooker that she had cleaned the apartment and tossed most of the trash, but there was a brown paper bag on Snyder's dresser that she was reluctant to toss. Obviously, Hooker opened the bag; and, you guessed it, it contained Mrs. Snyder's ashes, along with instructions to inter them with Orville's ashes in some cemetery in Palatka. Mrs. Snyder's remains had remained on the dresser with her husband all those years! 77
Curiosities and Trivia James Barker, 1953: â€œFor those of you who knew Mandarin then and now: James Barker, 1953: "I was one of only two or three students who lived south of Bolles, and I usually hitchhiked home. Seldom would more that two or three cars pass up a Bolles student in uniform, but often times it would be two or three minutes between cars!"
Adrian Birney, 1955: "It was generally a benign atmosphere, illiberal in many respects, but that was part of the fifties spirit of the times."
John McGuire, 1956: "The Senior Circle was one tradition I remember as well as the new boy restrictions on where they could walk."
Julian E. Fant (Hickory): 1957: "Mrs. Ball, seventh grade English teacher. To this day I draw upon her grammar instruction (especially sentence diagramming) in constructing correspondence and documents. 'Colonel Weaver' â€”a truly good man (bus driver) who endured with patience and kindness many years of driving us to and from school." "Great bunch of boys having fun. 99% were good kids. The bad guys were problems before ever arriving at Bolles." "Lee Bransford hung me out the second story window of the day boy locker room (the old swimming pool building) by my heels."
Frank J. Rief, III, 1962: "Don Wheeler's Music Bar (by the way, off limits to Bolles cadets and now an urgent care medical facility) on San Jose Blvd. gave me and many classmates a place to wind down on weekends and prepare for similar experiences in college." Those who remember and frequented Don Wheeler's will also recall Ardsley's across the street, now a fabric store. After Ardsley stood empty for a while, Bolles alum Floyd Rosenberger (1964) operated it as a Japanese sushi bar, but he was ahead of his time and had to fold. Floyd, by the way, passed on a year or so back.
Fred Haefele, 1962: "My most powerful memory of Bolles was the morning our entire battalion stood in formation while live radio coverage of John Glen's orbital flight was piped out over the P.A. system."
Harry Seligman, 1963: "My parents drove me to Bolles in September, 1961, to get me away from current political and social problems caused by civil rights disputes. My small town (2500) was featured on Mike Wallace News in 1960." Osborn W. O'Quinn, 1963: "A real learning experience in human nature. Taught me to be more tolerant. Helped me in later life in college, the Army, and Vietnam."
Anonymous, 1964: "There is a movie in my memory of youthful pranks that include AWOL, cadets crawling on the ledges during study hall, grain alcohol hidden behind an African mask, tapping into Captain Roy's telephone live. We were rascals!"
Richard V. Neill, 1951: The new Schultz Hall had just opened. "It included a chemistry lab (actually a biology lab) on the second floor. There was a suspicion there was a gas leak. That fact was confirmed when a match was dropped, igniting gas collected on the floor and blowing out the front of the classroom."
Anonymous: "Who can ever forget Doc Voght, the barber, who established his barbershop just off the Senior Lounge and came over from the Mayflower Hotel one day a week to make sure that every cadet got his hair cut every two weeks?" One of the great ironies of all time confounded the Class of 1946. They raised the funds and commissioned the Senior Shell, expecting to sit on it for their graduation ceremonies, but the elements were against them. For the first time in Bolles' brief history, the ceremony was rained out, so they had to retreat inside. The Dads' Field, a much needed gift from the Dads' Club, was dedicated October 23, 1942. It would serve both as a playing field and a parade ground.
Worth Repeating: Personal Testimonials Richard (Dick) Thalleen, 1953: "Major Hooker, Coach Lamb, Chubby Simmons. Each of these men tried to teach me about life. Unfortunately, I didn't listen most of the time." Ramon Abarca, 1953: "All my coaches were fantastic persons, and my teachers were terrific!" Francis H. Hare, Jr: "I am proud to have been one of the 1,455 cadets who graduated in uniform. What I learned and experienced during my years at Bolles has served me extraordinarily well. Through college and law school and during the early years of practice, I always felt I had an edge on my academic and professional competitors. My education and experiences at Bolles gave me a sense of confidence that I rarely saw in others. That, plus the warm relationships with the many friends I made, leaves me with an extremely happy recollection of my time at Bolles." Donald Nicholson, 1955: "I loved my time at Bolles. The Riverfront Campus was always beckoning a leisure moment. The friendships with fellow students. The dances with the Bartram girls. The Saturday inspections, parades, and leave time in Jacksonville. We were proud to wear the Bolles uniform and always received respect from the citizens of Jacksonville." John McGuire,1956: "I look back on my time at Bolles and realize I was with the top students in the state...classes were rigorous and demanded a lot of study....I still tell people that my first three years in college English were a breeze due to the rigors of my Senior English class....I think that the discipline and quick reaction to transgressions were significant when you look at today's youth and how they are getting away with things....I loved my experience at Bolles , and I look back on it as a time when I learned so many things that I have used and tried to transmit to my own children." Ted Quantz, 1957: "I learned a great deal of appreciation for others during my five years in the dorm: teamwork, leadership, acceptance of different points of view--all very positive experiences. I loved the place!" 80
Thomas A. Duke "Tad," 1959: "Sure Bolles was tough and demanding, but it taught you what you need to know to succeed in both business and life. You need to learn leadership if you're going to lead people. You need to be disciplined and you need to learn to work well and together with others, and that's what Bolles and sports teach you." John Baber, 1958: "I often remember Colonel Ball's famous saying at cadet officer training: 'If you take care of your people, they will take care of you. If you don't take care of your people, they will take care of you.' That notion served me well during my corporate career. My most memorable question to Major Hooker: 'What do we do on Labor Day?' I'll never forget his response: 'We labor on Labor Day.' Hugh Bulkley, 1959: "Bolles military life gave me an early understanding of responsibility and the effective power of togetherness while still holding on to a sense of self....My five years at Bolles molded me as the man I am today, at peace with my surroundings, with a positive attitude for the future, and a sense of care for my fellowman." Donald Charlton, 1959: "Joe Dyess and Cora Toole in the junior school provided me with early direction in my pursuit of education. Cora was also easy on the eyes. God rest her soul. Taylor, the cook, for his spaghetti and French fries on Thursday. Our lower school football team actually beat the varsity during scrimmage. What better players were there than Billy Johnson, Chip Travis, Ed Touchton, Ray Dorman, etc.?" Charles "Chuck "Munroe, 1959: "Had I not benefited from two years of military training at Bolles, I would probably not have even considered a military career. As it turned out I found myself quite comfortable in the military....I found in the military--just as I had learned at Bolles--discipline does not mean follow-the-leader. Self-initiative, personal responsibility, honesty, and integrity are all integral to maturity and personal success in life. Bolles and the USAF were major influences upon me as I developed my character and personal skills....Thanks, Bolles, I wish you were still a military school. It was good for me and it was good for many others. I regret that Bolles decided to end the military orientation, but I'm sure that its dedication to education and character-building have and will continue to be strong." Yes, Chuck, you can be sure that those traditions are as important today as they were in your day. Gary C. Mahan, 1949: "I was able to come to Bolles from a very blue-blue collar family with a boarding scholarship by Mr. L. A. Stein from Jacksonville, distributor of MGM films for the Southeast. When I returned to school for my senior year in 1948, Major Hooker called me 81
into his office and told me to sit down. You never sat down in his office, so I knew this was bound to be serious. He told he had some good news and some bad news. First, he told me that my scholarship had been discontinued, apparently because of competition from the new TV media. He followed with the good news: The faculty had met and decided to carry the cost of my senior year themselves. My experience at Bolles was the transforming event of my life!" Joe Kittinger, 1946, about the faculty: "They were the types of men who inspired young boys to be somebody, to do something." They were indeed. They inspired 1455 cadets to do such things as heroes are made of, including Joe Kittinger. Headmaster Roger Painter, his final remarks to the seniors in 1945: "Character is the fundamental test of mankind...Be smart, but be straight in your associations. You will be respected for both." A clichĂŠ, yes, but an aphorism also, one that lives on as a map for the journey.
Military Odds and Ends Anonymous, 1955: "I'm sure the military added another layer of difficulty for many of the students at Bolles at the time...the pretense, the unreality, etc., but in the end, I didn't suffer for it myself. I think I appreciated the order of it. My own home had been disorderly and I had come to fear a disorderly life." Frederick W. Courington, M.D., 1956: "For me, the military aspect gave as much as did the academic aspect....The discipline from Bolles helped me through medical school and training to follow, as well as the valleys of life....The faculty exuded the demand for respect and they received it....Bolles went with me wherever I went, with living memories helping me make decisions and accept responsibilities....In Bolles, I got so many of the principles which took me years to make explicit and to expand....Objectively speaking, those days at the old Bolles were good days overall." Arthur Gralla, "Hank", 1958: NROTC graduate of Brown University. His own father, a Rear Admiral, USN, actually commissioned him as ensign. John Leyerzaph, 1960: "I am proud of my West Point class as two of my roommates went on to be four star generals, Barry McCaffrey, whom you now see on NBC as an analyst, and the recently retired (2004) Chief of Staff of the Army, Eric 82
Shinseki, recently appointed by President Obama as Secretary of Veterans Affairs." John E. Baber, 1958: "I'll never forget Sunday Afternoon dress parades....I remember on at least one occasion that the band would strike up "Dixie" as we began our last pass in review. The folks in the reviewing stands would all stand, and we would pull ourselves up as straight as possible for that final pass....The area where the monument to the fallen now stands was called the Senior Circle when I was a cadet, and it was a tradition to salute the monument when stepping onto the Circle. I still salute that monument every time I pass it." Stuart D. Scott, Ph D., 1950: "I prefer to remember my Bolles years as a tableau of impressions, some of them not warmly embraced at the time, but all of them deeply treasured in retrospect. Among these the original, venerable reading list, non-air conditioned classrooms where we tried to learn Latin with the help of Captain Hochheim, the ritual of scanning the periodic posting of classifications based on scholastic and disciplinary standing which would, in turn, dictate our weekend freedoms or restrictions. And for those with special privileges of visits to Jacksonville, there were those nighttime gatherings at the eastern entrance to Cohen Brothers (now City Hall for municipal Jacksonville), to await the Bolles transport. As juveniles, we imagined ourselves being returned to the `lockup,' and the long ride back to San Jose was usually punctuated by the singing of `If I had the wings of an angel, over these prison walls I'd fly'.â€? Hallam, The Standard Bearer: "The first boy to receive a diploma was less scholar or athlete than cadetâ€”and almost a Bolles graduate by default. He was Sidney W. Register of Savannah, one of three boys who had defected from the Florida Military Academy and hitchhiked their way back to Jacksonville and Bolles."
Strictly Academic The Alpha Society has long been regarded as the most elite student organization at The Bolles School. Today, however, the criteria for membership are even more demanding, beginning with scholarship but continuing equally with leadership and athletic accomplishment, and concluding with service. Very few can qualify on all four criteria. The first ever edition of The Alpha Review, dated June 13, 1948, begins: "We hereby form the Alpha Society for the advancement of higher scholarship, the development of character, and the encouragement of cultural activities at The Bolles School. Because of the high standards set up for 83
membership, we appreciate the honor the school has given us. The faculty and student body have rewarded us for having attained a specific goal. Each one of us promises to contribute some definite, concrete service, and as a group we accept the responsibility of fostering higher standards and handing down to future years an organization which will be a credit and an honor to the school." Captain William A. Hochheim, who appears to have been involved in everything in those days, was founding father. As such, in 1944 he was responsible for securing a charter which admitted the Bolles Alpha Society into The National Honor Society, the highest ranking student organization of any sort in the high schools of the entire nation. Demonstrating the criteria of the Society, the Alpha cadets conducted War Bond Drives, Red Cross Drives, March of Dimes Drives, sponsored an art contest which, although we had no art department nor even an art course, produced art works good enough to be invited to exhibit publicly in the city of Jacksonville, and launched a 'student stunt night' held in the mess hall every Thursday evening. However, according to the review, the most enduring project of the Alpha was the Alpha Society Publications Committee. Again, quoting this first issue of the Alpha Review: "The individual responsible for beginning the two Alpha publications, The Alpha Review and the Your Week, was cadet Robertson, who was succeeded by Jim Hooper, Jim Halbe, Tommy Kennaston, and Hoke May....Due mainly to the constant efforts of Kennaston, May, Ben James, and Bob Wernikoff, the Alpha Review extended its contents to include creative writing, where it enjoyed renowned success, taking first place honors in two annual awards by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association." Over the years the Alpha Society has continued to extend its accomplishments and distinctions. Through the military and beyond, membership has become increasingly the highest honor a Bolles student can achieve. True today as always, "ability, primarily scholastic, and character, necessarily superior, are the basis for acceptance." Today, however, as indicated above, leadership, athletics, and service are equally important.
Alumni Association Gets Real Although an alumni association of sorts was formed in the second or third year, and the first graduate, Sidney Register, was named director, truth be told it never achieved much 84
distinction until the fifties. True, it limped along, but it had little credence until 1955 when Major Hooker appointed Captain James G. Roy to assume control and structure a viable organization. It prospered under Roy, who departed the school in 1961, sputtered briefly after his departure but was resurrected under Harry deMontmollin, who, being a military alumnus himself, pumped a new identity into it, and it thrives now as never before. In fact, if you are not now a member, please go on line and get yourself registered. You will be glad you did. In the very first issue of the Bolles Alumni News, March, 1955, Major Hooker explains: "Under the capable leadership of Captain James G. Roy, Jr., newly appointed Alumni Secretary, and with the financial help from the school, the long defunct Alumni Association is now in the revitalization process. We, at the school, are keenly aware of the fact that you, who have attended Bolles, are our most important asset. We want you to know that you have not been forgotten, and we do not want you to forget us....Our plans for a better Bolles are made, and we are on our way." On the same page in this first issue, produced, incidentally, by Captain Roy himself, Roy creates his own column, “From the Secretary’s Desk.” Herewith his remarks from his first column. In response to a questionnaire he mailed to everyone for whom we had an address: "It has been a happy experience to hear from those cadets whom I have known personally over the past ten years since my arrival in 1945. Alumni are reminded that the first meeting will be held on Saturday, June 11, 1955. There will be an interesting program of events and meetings—and a delightful accent on the social!" No one who knew Roy will be surprised to hear about the social accent. If there is anyone out there who attended that first Alumni meeting, please write me or email me with details of your experience. I was there, but I remember very little. Among the news items in this first edition is the obituary for Captain Orville Snyder: "Captain Orville M. Snyder, bandmaster of the Bolles School for sixteen years, was killed Sunday morning, April 4, 1954, when his car went off the highway south of Ocala, Florida, and struck a tree. He apparently fell asleep or suffered a heart attack when the accident occurred." Interestingly, Captain Snyder was replaced by one of his former Bolles students, Mr. Harvey Mette, termination date unknown. Firsts Obviously, since the military chapter was the first chapter, a great many, perhaps most, FIRSTS occurred during this period. 85
I'll start with Cadet Quinn Barton, 1946, now Historian and Archivist, who was the school's first National Merit Scholar. Quinn's many distinctions also include valedictorian of his class, the first alumnus to serve as director of admissions, and the first official historianarchivist. More recently, he was honored as the recipient of the Sidney Register Award to honor a distinguished Alumnus. The British WWI play Journeys End was the first of its kind ever staged at the school. The production was apparently a huge success, and the cast and Mr. Lockhart, the director, received much praise from everyone. We know the names of the cast but little else.
Student Life I'm writing this item on the morning of September 9, 2009, a bitter-sweet event going on even as I write. The old Student Center, AKA the canteen, was a gift from Mr. Clifford Schultz, Chairman of the Board of Trustees in1946. Therefore, it was built just about in the middle of the military years, so many of you earlier cadets never enjoyed it. It was originally a free standing building, but it was subsequently attached to the Davis Gymnasium when that facility was built in 1968. It was named in honor of Mr. Paul Huston, beloved English teacher who had been with Bolles from 1938. But the school population has quintupled since then, and the old structure could not be expanded, nor could it be equipped with the modem technology essential in today's academic setting. The school had to have a larger, more versatile and comprehensive structure; so the Huston Canteen had to come down, a bitter-sweet event which took about an hour or so, to make way for a magnificent new building that dwarfs the old one, quadruples it, in fact. The Bent family, James being the first to graduate in 1953, has donated the single greatest gift in the school's history, $2,000,000.00, to replace the old Huston Canteen. The new Bent Student Center also houses many other essential elements necessary to operate a large school like Bolles in the twenty-first century. The new Student Center was dedicated on August 24, 2009, the first day of the 2009-2010 school year, and is now serving the students brilliantly as they pursue their daily lives.
Article excerpted from The Standard Bearer, 1983, by George Hallam
Profile: Agnes Cain Painter When Agnes Cain Painter died she had been a recluse so long it took a little doing to find enough pallbearers. Not so in the old days, the years between two world wars. Then she would have frowned on a recluse the way she frowned on a bad investment. Instead she did exactly what her late boss, Richard J. Bolles, set down in his black leather diary one day back in 1896. Have a good income and reserve to live on for several years. Feel easy. Travel every year. Have no care. By 1941 Agnes had traveled nine times to Europe, each crossing by ocean liner. One trip took her to Egypt for a ride on a camel. Had the war not put ocean voyages on hold, her crossings would have totaled at least a baker’s dozen. Then there was New York. In the springtime she usually went to the big city, checked into the Waldorf Astoria, and spent time at Elizabeth Arden’s. When she returned to Jacksonville, friends marveled at the beauty of her skin. They also marveled at her clothes. He tastes ran to ermine and skunk and she could have a fine hat or dress from Paris anytime she wished. She wore an 18 jewel platinum Patek Philippe watch with 88 diamonds attached to a platinum bracelet with 200 small diamonds. Just part of a gorgeous cache of costly rings and bracelets and circlets designed by local jeweler Milton Fuller. All this high living was expensive, of course, but the image was good for Agnes. Also for The Bolles School. During the first 10 years, when she and Roger lived in a four-room apartment in the Main Building, Agnes spent a good deal of time wandering around campus, acquainting herself with the boys. She is said to have known each one by name. Someone once asked her how many children she had. “Two-hundred and fifty” she replied. But the on-campus days did not last. In 1944 she and Roger took the servants and chauffeurs and collie and the black chow named King and moved across the street to the $14,000 Charlie Gaines house the school bought for them at 7845 San Jose Boulevard. Agnes showed up on campus less frequently now, but her visits always had flair. 87
Tableau: The Cadillac limousine eased to a stop on the circle in front Bolles Hall with Alvin or Roy at the wheel and Agnes sitting in back, behind the glass partition wearing a flowered hat. It was 10:30 in the morning, time for Agnes to pick up the outgoing mail before going downtown to her office. Later in the day she would return with the incoming mail. There was not much else for her to do. After 10 years, the officers were much running the school. The management scenario was fairly simple. Hobson Martin handled the finances, Roger handled the faculty, and Agnes handled the mail. Downtown it was a different story. There Agnes was a commanding figure and no easy touch when it came to a business deal. Competitors found her tenacious, intimidating, a veritable feline at times. Was she not known in certain circles as “The Wildcat of the East Coast?” In fact, few persons in Jacksonville could match her wily business sense. Much of that she learned being secretary for capitalist Richard J. Bolles, whom she had met in Colorado Springs after moving there from Cleveland, to take care of her ailing sister. Bolles once told her that she should have been born a man. He thought so much of her that in his will he left her a piano, a set of oak furniture, and one-fourth of his estate. What a mess the estate was in $2,500 in cash and $25,000 in judgments, as Agnes told friends. Local banks gambled that Agnes would straighten out the mess. But there were problems other than debts. In his will Bolles left $2,000 a piece to Richard Bolles Thompson and Florence Bolles Thompson. He identified them as his children of Susan L. Thompson of San Francisco. Susan styling herself as Susan L. Thompson Bolles brought suit against the executors, claiming that she was Bolles’s lawful widow, that he made no provision for her in his will and that she was entitled to one-third of the estate. According to her, the marriage license was destroyed in the great San Francisco earthquake, but she produced two witnesses who gave depositions that they attended the wedding ceremony in 1896. She also alleged that Richard and Florence were Bolles’s children. The executors replied that Bolles had no such wife and that Richard and Florence were not his children. It was not long before Susan Thompson Bolles asked for a voluntary dismal of the suit. Scared away? Bought off? A year after Bolles died, Agnes was admonished for not having all the vouchers in order. Another year and the will had been contested in both state and federal courts. Agnes persevered. She took money of her own and put it into the estate. She became her own lawyer.
Faculty Narrative One cannot consider a school, its history, its character, its faculty, and the domino impact of the faculty, without taking a close look at its faculty because, after all, it's they who formulate and transmit the school to its student body. In many subtle, nuanced ways the faculty creates the continuum that threads the tapestry which actually depicts the school. When we think of the faculty, we automatically conjure the teacher, for the purposes of this text, the man behind the desk. However, the lingering and therefore permanent impact of the faculty probably occurs most indelibly through tradition, which is not confined to the teacher desk, nor the chalkboard, nor even the text. Consider the Oxford English Dictionary definition of tradition: "the action of handing down, from one to
anotherâ€Ś.or from generation to generation; transmission of statements, beliefs, rules, customs... by word of mouth or by practice without writing... the body of the experiences and usages of any branch or school of art or literature, handed down by predecessors and generally followed." For my purpose here, please concentrate on the phrase "by word of mouth or by practice without writing," for this phrase, I suspect, over time describes the teacher-student relationship most profoundly. Also, we usually tend to think of the faculty impact only on students, when, in fact, the impact of the established, experienced faculty upon the new, especially the younger, faculty probably resonates over time just as profoundly as that upon the students. Younger faculty must be mentored by the master teachers who weave them into the fabric, thereby perpetuating the continuum. Although I don't intend this narrative to be autobiographical, I will, nevertheless, use myself to illustrate. When I arrived at Bolles in the summer of 1951, I was twenty-five years old. I had served in WWII and later kicked around New York for a year or so before I decided what to do with my life. I then decided that I wanted to be a teacher, so I enrolled in Appalachian State intending to become a teacher. However, I still had a soft spot in my heart for the military, so I concluded that teaching in a military school would provide me with the best of both worlds. Deciding which military school was a no-brainer, so I began my fiftyyear teaching career at Bolles in September, 1951. Whether to move on to some other school 89
or schools at some later date was also a no-brainer, so here I sit fifty-seven years later trying to encapsulate those military years into a scrapbook. Fortunately, Bolles already had those master teachers who would become my mentors. It will come as no surprise to those of you who knew them that the most important ones for me were the inimitable Captain Bill Hochheim, Captain J. G. (God) Roy, and Captain Harold Walker. To a lesser but still significant extent there were Major Hooker, Major Bradley, and Colonel Ball. I should add that other teachers, in turn, had mentored them. Women who mothered me were Mrs. DeWitt Searles and Mrs. Nellie, "Boots," Khlar. I include them and a few other women because of their lasting impact upon both students and teachers. They are all long gone now, but I trust they live on in our collective memory. A careful examination and reflection of the teachers who comprised The Bolles faculty during its twenty-nine year military chapter reveal that there were a total of 209 individuals most of whom responded to "Sir" and a handful of women who responded to "Maâ€™am." When the school swung open its doors on January 5, 1933, there were ten teachers, according to the first yearbook, standing there to greet the fourteen bold cadets who would become the charter members of the school, only one of whom was a senior, Sidney Register, of whom more later. According to Hallam, The Standard Bearer, that figure doubled within a month. There exists a roster of those first fourteen cadets, listed previously, but there is no extant roster of the charter faculty. We can surmise one for each subject and probably a supernumerary or two. There was apparently no formal publication, such as a yearbook, that first year, actually that first semester, so the facts are few and fuzzy. But the second year, 1933-1934, the first full year, there was actually a yearbook, a pretty fancy one for a tiny new school. We do not know how many began school the next school year in September, 1933, but we know there were 91 in April, 1934; and in September, 1934, the school opened with 120 cadets. That first yearbook pictures and explains ten teachers, an apparent contradiction with Hallam's figure twelve the first year, plus Headmaster Roger M. Painter; but strangely it does not indicate the subjects each of them taught, and stranger still only two of them are pictured in uniform, the commandant and his assistant.
2 The faculty section of that first yearbook, 1934, begins with a Dr. H. W. Lewis, A.B., Harvard University. He is pictured as headmaster and head of the mathematics department. Colonel Painter is officially designated president; at least he is so listed in the 1935 yearbook. Although we don't know for a fact, we can surely assume that some of these were new hires for 1933-34, and some of these disappear from the next yearbook, 1934-1935, suggesting a very brief tenure for some of the starters. George Hallam mentions in his The Standard Bearer a Commandant R.L. Brunson who, two weeks after the school opened, introduced the school at an American Legion Luncheon, to whom he declared: "A well-rounded preparation for college with emphasis on scholarship rather than military training is the aim of The Bolles School." But there is no mention of Brunson in the first yearbook, so his tenure must have been limited to the single semester for the spring of 1933. In fact, the first yearbook pictures a Major J. B. O'Neal, Alabama Polytechnic, as commandant and later refers to him as a 1933 charter member, so O'Neal must have replaced Brunson. Another name that remains a constant through those early military years is Captain Vergil A. Stevens, captioned as head of the naval unit, and he was apparently in charge of all things marine oriented. In fact, there are later references to his yacht, but we don't know how to define yacht. Also pictured in this first yearbook is a Coach Summers, no first name given, who delivered the remarkable speech quoted previously and below to the Class of 1934, presumably a commencement speech. We will probably never know whether he was an original, but he does not appear in the 1935 yearbook, so his tenure must have been short-lived. His speech, however, a portion of which follows, lives on and surely deserves to be immortalized: â€œLet your mind be open to good books, fine music, and pleasing art. It has been said that a man is judged by the library he keepsâ€”let yours be the best...Life is agame; play it hard, clean and fast; study the game; keep training; be a real sportsman and you connot fail in the greatest of all things: your life!....Be a real sportsman, but remember always that a man is judged by the library he keeps.â€? 91
His message needs no elaboration, but be it noted that his words will reverberate forever. The second yearbook, 1935, shows Dr. Lewis as simply a math teacher, and the 1938 yearbook is dedicated to him. Under his dedication picture appear his dates, 1873-1938, so he apparently died sometime during that year. This same yearbook shows Major A.W. Clemens as superintendent, apparently second in command and academic head, in which capacity he continued to serve until 1942, when Colonel Elvin S. Ligon succeeded him; Ligon would continue as academic head until his retirement in 1954. There apparently was no concerted effort to keep and maintain an accurate and reasonably comprehensive record of those early years, not to mention their history. Therefore, much of the history of the thirties has been somewhat random, some haphazard, some even lost; so there appear occasional oddities, some already mentioned. Another interesting oddity appears in George Hallam's Standard Bearer. On page thirty-two he refers to "the arrival for the fall term, 1937, of Bolles first civilian headmaster, Theophilus Rodgers Hyde, from the Taft School at Watertown, Connecticut." However, no such person ever appears in any yearbook, nor is there any mention of such a person. The military chapter of the school can be conveniently divided into two subchapters, the years leading up to WWII, 1933-1941, and the years following the war, from 1945 until final taps in 1962. By Pearl Harbor in 1941, the nucleus of the military faculty was already on board. It was they who formulated and transmitted the permanent character of the school to all who followed. Several years ago I sent a military questionnaire to all the former military students for whom we have an address, and the results were very gratifying. For this discussion I wish to reflect some of your recollections and opinions about your teachers. This, I think, is a fitting way to summarize the faculty section of the scrapbook. As you would expect, the same names appear frequently, and I'll attempt to present a wide-angle word picture of some of your feedback, but for obvious reasons I won't include your names. Most reflections fall roughly into pre-war and post-war. 92
I'll begin with a succinct introductory quotation: "All teachers were good. Some were just more personable." Next, one to which most can relate: "Major Hooker, Coach Lamb, Chubby Simmons, and Colonel Ball: Each of these men tried to teach me about life. Unfortunately, I didn't listen most of the time." Another that surely resonates: '"I often remember Colonel Ball's famous saying at cadet officer training: `If you take care of your people, they will take care of you. If you don't take care of your people, they will take care of you.' That notion served me well during my corporate career.'" Another cadet recalls that Colonel Ball "made history come alive." Most cadets will recall that Colonel Ball's spouse, Madelyn, was also a remarkable teacher and mentor, for example: "Mrs. Ball, seventh grade English teacher. To this day (June, 2008) I draw upon her grammar instruction (especially sentence diagramming) in constructing correspondence and documents." With all due respect to Colonel Ball,â€? one cadet declares ,"Colonel Ball was an outstanding history teacher, but the finest teaching which I still remember so well was my Latin teacher, Bill Hochheim," whom everyone recalls with admiration and respect: "He made a dull subject both interesting and fun." Speaking of "diagramming," which every cadet, living or dead, loved to hate, I must follow with "outlining," a close second: "English Coach Huston taught outlining, which I use constantly." Then there were "Captain Hochheim for encouragement. Johnny Davis for discipline. James G. Roy for introduction to music." Another cadet also remembers "Paul G. Huston, a scholar and dear friend when I really needed one." Here and there a floater: "Our academic faculty was truly outstanding. Ralph Andrews, Will Ormand, and Paul Huston in English. Bill Hochheim in Latin. Elvin Ligon in math. Captain Bergen and Colonel Ball were wonderful men and inspirational teachers. Major Bradley was quite special and provided strong guidance and support as I was adjusting to the military environment. Major Hooker, of course, was a real favorite. He provided all of us with inspiration and leadership." Of all the multitude of coaches, Captain Garces, swimming coach, received the most kudos, for example: "Mr. Garces took the necessary time to help me over the hard parts, a 93
friend more than a teacher." Another similar testimony: "because he always found a way for me to contribute to the team." Finally, he is fondly remembered as "a fair and honest teacher who responded well to students." Better known to his peers as "Tavi," at 91 he is the oldest living Bolles teacher. I am second oldest and the only other living Bolles teacher from the military years, except for Buddy Ward, a late comer in 1959. A transitional figure who was often remembered for his scholarship was Harold Walker, whom one cadet asserted: "was the best English teacher I ever had, including all my college teachers." Walker, as I indicated earlier, was one of my mentors, and I too recall him with great admiration and respect. I'll conclude this faculty nucleus with Major John Davis, commandant and mathematics teacher and informal boxing coach. He is best remembered as "Johnny," a remarkable disciplinarian who could still be a friend to everyone. He departed the school to report for duty in the Korean War; and, although he returned to Jacksonville, he never returned to Bolles. Rather, he completed a very successful career in the Duval County Public School System. Like many of his peers, one cadet sums him up as follows: "Johnny Davis, he was a father figure to me." Johnny died in 2006 and now rests peacefully beside his wife Betty in Arlington Cemetery. Major Bradley offers a good transition into the post-war era because he continued into the fifties until his death in 1955. He probably generated more kudos and accolades than any other administrator, even Major Hooker. His spouse, Mrs. Henrietta Bradley, was also fondly remembered, as this first Bradley quotation demonstrates: "Major and Mrs. Bradley had a profound effect on all cadets." Others recall him as a surrogate father: "Major Bradley. He was like a father to me, and he gave me my system of values." Continuing, "Major Bradley, like a second father." Finally, "Major Bradley, a great man, the finest and fairest man I've ever known. I loved the man." Turning now to the post-war years, we discover that: "Captain Love made chemistry fun." Bob, as he was known to me, arrived in 1951, the same year I arrived. Although he was recently married and I was still a bachelor, we became lifelong buddies; in fact, he was surrogate best man in my own wedding in January, 1956. Surely, the best way to wind down this faculty section is a quotable gift from a certain admirer of the inimitable Cora Toole: "Cora Toole, a great way to start the day!" 94
Indeed! However, I would like to set the record straight. Cora was an outstanding person and an outstanding teacher. Because of Cora, many of you are better scholars, certainly better writers, than you otherwise would be; and, I dare say, she shaped your character as positively as she did your mind. Not alone because of her striking physical endowments, she left behind an enduring legacy. Like Harold Walker, J.G. Roy was a transitional figure, having come aboard in 1945 and continuing through the military transition, when, unhappy with the transition, he departed the school for a very successful second career in New York, where he became assistant vice-president of Concert Music Administration, in which capacity he stated, "I can be a very instructive force in the activities of American composers...by promoting them and encouraging performances of new and older composers and by traveling to lecture and setting up exhibits." I previously mentioned Roy as a personal mentor. Here, I might add, he was a very positive mentor to many other young, beginning teachers. Dozens of cadets attribute their appreciation for great music to this man, for example: "Captain Roy, all the pleasure I get from classical music today stems from his instruction then," a frequent quotation which suggests a rather curious anomaly. We had no music course at that time, so any instruction was entirely extra-curricular. Continuing my thesis that experienced teachers mentoring younger teachers who then mentored their students, I know for a fact that Roy transmitted his prodigious music knowledge to many teachers, including me, as surely as he did to students, sometimes simultaneously. Time for another floater: "All my coaches were fantastic persons, and my teachers were terrific." Obviously, there is a limit to quoting. There were simply too many quotations, and eventually they become repetitive and awkward, but I feel that I must pay tribute to the names that appear over and over again. Your responses reveal that they still linger in your memories. Names that appear and reappear as your favorites and the year they first signed on with Bolles include the following: Virgil Stevens (1933), H.W. Lewis (1933), W. Clemens (1935), J. B. O'Neal (1935), John Christenbery, who died in the great war, (1936), Ralph N. Andrews (1937), Mrs. DeWitt R. Searles (1937), Paul G. Huston (1938), the William A. Hochheims, both (1938), Orville Snyder (1938), the DeWitt E. Hookers, both (1939), C. 95
Hobson Martin (1939), Vaino Nelimark (1940), the Elvin S. Ligons, both (1940), the Mark M. Bradleys, both (1941), William H. Davis (1941), Mrs. Montine Roberts, first female classroom teacher, we think,(1941), Lesley Wilder, first chaplain, we think, (1941), Emil H. Roth (1946), the Lloyd M. Bergens, both (1947), Rufus R. McClure (1951), Charles Sikes (1953), Ellis Lanquist (1953), Frederick W. Hackett (1954), Joseph T. Dyess (1954), Bernard P. Meighen (1955), Wesley Lane Ward (1959). Frankly, I don't know where to go from here. The following quotations are largely about me; consequently, I don't know how to deal with them. Since the respondents knew they were responding to me, I sense a moral conflict. Even so, I feel at once honored, embarrassed, proud, humbled, and flattered. So here goes for now; perhaps I will think of a better way to deal with them later or perhaps I'll just delete them: "I think of Rufus McClure as the patriot of the school for his outstanding contributions to the school." "Favorite teachers: You, of course, Captain McClure, because you always had such faith in us. Captain Hochheim never let us get away with anything, and Colonel Ball always kept us on our toes." "The Major Hooker's, the Colonel Ball's and Bradley's, and Captain McClure's live with me now as they have since I graduated in 1956." "Rufus McClure; He instilled a love for literature that I still maintain. I still tell people that my first three years in college English were a breeze due to the rigors of his English classes. He made us think about the poetry and prose that we read, not just the words but the reason and emotion behind the words." "Rufus McClure, the best English teacher I ever had! Captain Love, a terrific chemistry teacher. Captain Roy, introduced us to classical music." "Rufus McClure. You stood out as a fine teacher and role model during the 1950's, and you stand out still!! Your longevity is a tribute both to the school and to you." "Looking back, I realize and appreciate Dr. McClure's encouraging me in English and the liberal
arts, which has helped me in a direction that has been vital to me over the years." "I am an avid reader, and much of the credit goes to you, Rufus McClure." "Rufus McClure, English teacher: he was just a fine educator."
Overview of Faculty during the military years, 1934-1962 During these years, there were a total of 209 faculty/administrators and several important staff who served the 1455 cadets who graduated in uniform. Collectively, they attended eighty-plus colleges and universities. There is no way to determine the exact number because records at the time were very haphazard. It may come as a mild surprise to some that they represent institutions all over the country, including many of the most prestigious, and a few from foreign institutions. Interestingly, we have determined that five attended the U.S. Naval Academy, but we cannot determine attendance at West Point. Not surprisingly, the single largest group, sixteen, attended the university of Florida. Remember, Florida State University did not admit men during those years, and all but a tiny handful of these 209 Bolles teachers were men. Following are the significant numbers. All others were one or two each and therefore not ranked. Ranked by numbers attending: University of Florida, 16 Columbia University, 9 Harvard University, 8 Princeton University, 6 From each of the following there were 5: Ohio Wesleyan University University of North Carolina University of Chicago Duke University Georgia State Teachers College
From each of the following there were 4: Emory University University of Virginia University of Georgia Mercer University University of Wisconsin Georgia State Women's College Trinity University From each of the following there were 3: University of West Virginia Stetson University University of Miami Furman University Peabody Kentucky State Teachers College University of Illinois University of Kentucky
Dedications Clearly related to the discussion of the faculty are the dedications, which may be considered a spin-off of the faculty discussion because many dedications are rendered to revered faculty and/or administrators. Dedications are often taken lightly, but they should not be. The editorial boards of the yearbooks think long and hard before choosing a recipient. Obviously, it is going to be someone who has had a profound impact upon the student body and therefore has had a similarly profound impact upon the entire school. Typically, it is someone who will long be remembered, someone who lives on in memory and deed. During the military years in particular, deceased teachers and administrators were memorialized through dedications. Of the twenty-nine yearbooks produced during the military era, only twenty-one include dedications, four of which are devoted to classroom teachers. However, only two of these were living at the date of the dedication: Ralph Nelson Andrews and Paul Huston, both of whom were beloved English teachers. The other two were deceased and therefore memorialized: Herschel W. Lewis and D. E. Zook. One other dedication which appears as a memorial is Major Mark Bradley, 1956, one of the most beloved and respected individuals in the history of the school. Alumni often recall: "His sound advice, fatherly guidance, and all-consuming interests in campus life have made him an inspiration to all cadets." Two students received dedications, the first of whom was Sidney W. Register, the first and only graduate of the first class, 1933, who 98
more or less shared the honor with Colonel and Mrs. Painter in the very first annual, 1934. The only other student so honored was our very first fallen hero, John Lyons, 1935, who died in an air crash in November, 1941, and therefore received this honor in the 1942 annual. Most of the other annuals were dedicated to administrators or groups, naturally including the only two heads of school during the military era: Colonel Roger M. Painter, the first, and Major DeWitt E. Hooker, the second and last and the only person ever to receive the dedication twice, in fact three times, including the last, 1962, which also included his wife Vera. One other prominent administrator, Principal Elvin S. Ligon, received the dedication in 1952: "For his years of work toward making Bolles an academically-minded school ...and for his role as teacher of math, we dedicate this yearbook to our principal, counselor and valued friend, Lt. Colonel Elvin Seth Ligon." The following year, 1953, his wife, Mrs. Virginia Dickey Ligon, became the second woman ever to receive her own dedication, the first being Agnes Cain Painter. The lavish praise for his wife Virginia would seem to indicate that she was a much revered mother figure: "For her deep loyalty through thirteen years of faithful service to the school...for her unselfish devotion to the school which she loved, and to each and every cadet, we humbly, sincerely, and gratefully dedicate this annual to Virginia Dickey Ligon." Seven are dedicated to collective entities or groups of various kinds. Not surprisingly, the first of these, 1935, is dedicated to the parents: "for their self-denial and unfaltering dependability." The second collective dedication was awarded to the first Board of Trustees, twelve local gentlemen: "who through their sincere efforts and generous contributions have constantly striven to make Bolles the fine school that it is today." The third collective entity, 1936, to receive the dedication was the entire faculty: "our severest critics and kindest friends... We trust that the passing years will bring to them only fond memories of our really best characteristics." And the fourth collective dedication was awarded to the entire Cadet Corps: "This is your book; the book of the Bolles cadet; it is the Bolles story. You might know this fellow better than anyone else in the world. He's youâ€”this guy is you. The 1954 Bolles Eagle is yours." One was dedicated to The Dads' Association, 1946: "To foster stronger relationships among the fathers, their sons, and the school and to increase the status and influence of the school." And one, 1944, is dedicated simply to the schoolâ€™s physical plant: "There is nothing quite so fitting and familiar to any of us as this campus and the buildings which have their foundations laid upon it." However, the most important collective dedication would have to be
the 1943, which was dedicated to all the men then serving in the armed services during the war years, 164 whose names are listed, nine of whom perished in action, including another 1935 grad, Jonathan Yerkes, the first Jacksonvillian to die in the war. The book declares: "These men are all united in their common sacrifice, willingness to give their all, and their determination to see that the American principles and the rights of free people throughout the world, are not abrogated by the forces of hate and tyranny. Therefore, it is with the deepest pride in them and the part they are playing to make the world a cleaner and safer place in which to live, that we salute our fighting alumni." There were obviously many more who served after the 1943 roster, but we do not have their names; and there was at least one faculty member who died in the war, a Lieutenant John Christenbury, an admired coach and math teacher. Again, reliable records are scanty. A rather peculiar dedication was a quotation they called the American Creed: "Breathes there a man so dead, who never to himself hath said, this is my own, my native Land." As indicated previously, the 1947 edition was dedicated to the first lady ever to receive it, Agnes Cain Painter: "for her continuous interest in the school; her untiring efforts to foster the welfare of all Bolles boys; and because of her constant devotion to her Bolles boys, we the Bolles boys of 1947, gratefully dedicate this Bolles annual to Agnes Cain Painter." The second lady to be honored was Virginia Ligon (1953), discussed above. The collective phrasing in the dedications reveals how all these individuals and groups shaped the lives of the students and therefore the school itself. In fact, the school absorbed their collective character, which gradually evolved into the character of the school. Interestingly, the first annual in 1934 and the last military annual in 1962 are individually dedicated to the two husband-wife tandems who ingrained the military character of the era. The first, of course, was Colonel and Mrs. Roger M. Painter, the second, Major and Mrs. DeWitt E. Hooker. The 1934 dedication declared that the Painters were: "our willing helpers, severest critics, and kindest friends." The 1961 annual declared of the Hookers: "Their guidance, understanding, and friendliness with faculty and cadets have won them both respect and affection.... Their past good deeds at Bolles will never be forgotten." Major Hooker was individually honored midway through his twenty-two year tenure, when the 1951 annual declared: "For his tireless efforts bettering The Bolles School; for his eminent fairness and human understanding to all; for his genuine interest in the affairs of each and every cadet at Bolles; and for his sympathetic leadership, this 1951 issue of the Eagle is hereby dedicated with 100
sincerity and respect to Major DeWitt E. Hooker." The second annual dedicated to Hooker, 1960, represented the only repeated dedications in the history of the school: "His vitality and energy indicate a driving force that persuades others to follow his example....His life has been an example of unselfish devotion to duty and his fellow-man. If, in some small way, we achieve success in later life, it will have been due in large part to Major DeWitt E. Hooker." As indicated above, the first deceased teacher to be memorialized was Herschel W. Lewis, 1873-1938, first headmaster and master teacher in his own right: "A lover of boys and an advocate of higher academic standards." The second deceased classroom teacher to be memorialized was Commander D. E. Zook, who died November 12, 1944: "because of his leadership, his character, and his ability as an educator, we hereby dedicate this annual to Commander D.E. Zook." The first living teacher to receive the dedication was Major Ralph Nelson Andrews, 1948: "For faithfully devoting his service to the school, in all respects, for twelve years." The only other living teacher ever to receive the honor was Paul G. Huston, 1949, also fondly known as: "The Chief, who is a genuine lover of the students he teaches...He deservedly, therefore, occupies the highest place in the esteem and affection of the entire student body." The first and only living student to be honored was, in fact, the first student ever to graduate, Sidney W. Register, lone graduate of 1933, discussed previously, who was honored in the first annual in 1934. It is not clear, but it must have been a secondary dedication because Colonel and Mrs. Painter received the first authentic dedication. The 1934 annual declared of Register: "We feel this, the first annual, would not be complete without some mention of his record here. His conduct, military manner and bearing, spirit and academic record, have been an inspiration to us all." It seems particularly appropriate that our first graduate be honored along with the Painters, the progenitors of the school. The only other student to be so honored, sad to say, was memorialized. 1st. Lieutenant John R. Lyons, 1935, referenced previously, died in an air crash at Mitchell Field, New York, October 8, 1941, just before Pearl Harbor: "To the memory of 1st Lieutenant John R. Lyons, the first Bolles grad to give his life in the service of his country, this 1942 Eagle is hereby dedicated." It seems appropriate to conclude this discussion with the 1950 dedication because it is unique, in that it is dedicated to an individual dad who happened also to be the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Clifford G. Schultz: "For outstanding contributions to the mature 101
development of the school; for his untiring interest in all phases of school life; for the assurance he has stimulated in both faculty and cadets; for his leadership and for his example which has been an ever present inspiration to the entire school, this issue of the Bolles Eagle is respectfully dedicated to Clifford G. Schultz." The phrasing of the dedication clearly indicates that he was not someone who just appeared once a month at board meetings. Obviously, his involvement was all encompassing. In fact, it is reasonable to assert that his tenure represented a pivotal turning point in the evolution of the school, beginning with the new academic hall, which today bears his name and is actually a metaphor for the future which he envisioned and passed on to his successors, who, inspired by his example, took the school to the next plateau. Returning briefly to the last issue of the military Eagle and to the goodbye both to and from the much revered Major Hooker, "His guidance, understanding, and friendliness with faculty and cadets have won him both respect and affection.... His past good deeds at Bolles will never be forgotten." Indeed! So with this last dedication of the military chapter: "Hook" renders his final salute as the Stars and Stripes is lowered on the military chapter of The Bolles School. These twenty-one dedications in all their variety and poignancy actually present a wide-angle portrait of those who created and guided the school, those who shepherded the school through its formative years, both the good and the not so good, and those who were the principal characters in the Bolles story and who, for the most part, narrated the story. They were also dedicated stewards of the school that was entrusted to them; and when taps sounded for the last time, they passed to the next generation, those who shed their uniforms for blue blazers, a thriving, living school, a school whose basic character had already crystallized, whose basic traditions had already been formulated, and whose future destiny had already been assured. This panoramic portrait, beginning and ending with the husband and wife tandems, the four of whom, thanks to the dedications, are with us still. Colonel Painter and Major Hooker, the only two heads to direct the school through the military first chapter, obviously were the glue and granite that was and is The Bolles School. And their two spouses, Agnes and Vera respectively, the two most important women during this period, are melded equally into the bricks and mortar of the historic buildings that were home to the 1455 cadets who so proudly wore the cadet uniform. In fact, it is impossible to over-estimate their combined contributions and lasting impact. The school simply would not be The Bolles School without them. 102
Moving now to the transitional years which followed, I am proud to say that I was the first individual of the next generation to be similarly honored. I was the first recipient of the first yearbook of the preparatory chapter which followed, 1963. Having been mentored by many of the foregoing, I felt very proud and honored to join those distinguished patriarchs. Likewise, the class of 1963 had been trained and shaped by previous classes. Therefore, the new/old school eagerly accepted the baton and began its journey into the future. â€œFrom the very beginning Mr. McClure was recognized as the grandfather (?) of the English department . Because of his unselfish devotion to his students and to his profession, he has won the respect and admiration of the entire school. His warm and sincere personality has made him a true friend of every senior class and particularly the class of 1963. His unusual talents as a teacher and as an advisor have enriched us all. We shall remember him.â€? Be it noted here that the military officers of the Class of 1962 assumed command of the Blue Blazers the following year. They hit the ground marching and never missed a step. They conducted a seamless campaign into the future and thereby ensured that The Bolles School they created would remain The Bolles School forever. So are dedications important? They embody quite literally the flesh and bones of the school. Their faces are a composite portrait, their bodies the sinews that still stand erect, as if at attention, always ready to return the metaphorical salute to each new generation that passes in review. The western sun still reflects its setting rays back upon the campus, which, on brilliant moonlit nights, still resonate the sound of the bugle which softly calls all those cadets to attention for one last parade as they pass in review on the moonlit bank of the St. Johns River as it continues its forward flow into the future.
Faculty Roster and Academic Credentials 1934
Colonel Roger M. Painter, Founder/Headmaster Dr. H.W. Lewis, A.B., Harvard University, Headmaster, Bolles, 1933 Later, Head, Mathematics Department Captain P.M. Allison, ?, Mr. Fred H. Capps, B.A., M.A., Ohio Wesleyan University; Bolles, March, 1934, Head, English Department, Eagle Mr. R. T. Cornelius, A.B., Vanderbilt University; Bolles, 1933 Head, Foreign Languages Captain Hargis, ? Captain Silas M. Major, ?, Physics Major J. B. O'Neil, Alabama Polytechnic Institute; Bolles, 1933, Commandant of Cadets Captain Wicliff Grady Rhinehart, B.S., Mississippi State College; Bolles from foundation Head, Commercial Department Lieutenant Snotherly, ?. Captain V.A. Stevens, Bolles, from foundation, Head, Naval Unit, History Coach Summers, ?. Mrs. Carolyn Bradshaw, Executive Secretary; Bolles, 1933 Mrs. Elizabeth A. Wyatt, House Mother; Bolles, 1933 1935 New Faculty Only Major W. Clemens, A.B., Missouri Valley College; Bolles, 1934, Superintendent Lieutenant John Christenbury, A.B., Davidson; M.A., Columbia University; Bolles, 1935 Head Coach, Mathematics Mr. Paul R. Kruse, A.B., Fletcher College; Bolles, ? Librarian, English Mr. James E. Madigan, ? Coach? Captain Beryl S. Taylor, B.S., M.S., University of Illinois; Bolles, 1935, Athletic Director, History 1936
New Faculty Only Mr. Henry Shute, A.B., Kenyon College; Bolles, 1935, Head, History Department Mr. Ian MacLaren Coleman, B.S., the Citadel; Bolles, 1935, Head, Science Department Mr. Carlos Rodriguez Alonso, B.A., Santa Clara College, Havana University, Cuba; Bolles, 1935, History Mr. John H. Deane, B.S., Princeton University; Bolles, 1935 Mathematics Mr. Q. U. Thompson, B.A., Birmingham Southern College; Oxford University, England; Bolles, 1935, Languages, Mathematics Miss Bertha 0. Sturgeon, Kansas State Teachers' College; Bolles, 1935 Secretary
1937 New Teachers Only Major Ralph N. Andrews, B.S., Marshall Normal College; Kenyon College; University of Cincinnati; Bolles, 1936, English, Bugle Advisor, Eagle Advisor Mr. Everette Wesley Hesse, A.B., M.A., New York University; Bolles, 1937 Spanish Mr. Vasa E. Stolbrand, Union University; Lehigh University; Bolles, 1937 Mathematics Mr. Elmer H. Worth, A. B., Dartmouth College; Bolles, 1936 Head, Foreign Languages Mrs. Clifton deVaux Stubbs, R. N., Charity Hospital, New Orleans; Bolles, 1936 1938 New Teachers Only Mr. Hallett Bodfish, A.B., A. M., Williams College; Columbia University; Bolles, 1937, Mathematics, Swimming Coach Mr. A.W. Cahill, B. S., M.S., Massachusetts State; Brown University; Bolles, 1937, Fifth and Sixth Grades Mr. Kenneth Eppert, B.A., University of Florida, Bolles, 1937, History Mr. Basil G. Lockhart, A. B., M. A., West Virginia University; Bolles, 1937, 105
History, Director of Athletics Mr. Tom P. Moye, A.B., A. M., Oglethorpe University; Bolles, 1937, Latin and Spanish Mr. Paul Griswold Huston, A.B., A. M., Princeton University; Bolles, 1938, English Mrs. Dewitt R. Searles, House Mother; Bolles. 1937
1939 New Teachers Only (total faculty, 23) Major Paul Carson Howe, B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Bolles, 1938 Mathematics, PMS&T Mr. John R. Allison, A.B., Grove City College; MA., Columbia University;Bolles, 1938, Head, Mathematics Department Mr. Cecil R. Glass, A.B., Hillsdale College; B.E., Illinois College; M.A., San Calixto (Bolivia); Colegio Ward (Buenos Aires); Bolles, 1938 Spanish Captain William Anton Hochheim, B.A., Harvard University; Bolles, 1938, Latin & German; Later Athletics Director; First Sponsor Alpha Society Captain Orville Snyder, Seigel Myers School; Stockton Academy; Bolles, 1938 Band Director Mr. William A. Chester, A.B, Emory University; Bolles, 1938, English, Librarian; 1940, Head, History Department Mr. Robert E. Leary, A.B., Amherst College; Bolles, 1939, French Mr. William Stephen Dorsey, Jr., Bolles, 1937, Quartermaster, Boxing Mr. Thomas Edwin Bennett, Columbia University; Bolles, 1938, Tennis Coach Mrs. Grace B. Hochheim, R.N., Boston City Hospital; Bolles, 1938, Fifth Grade Subjects 1940 New Teachers Only (total faculty, 23) Mr. Graydon Hough, A.B., Chicago University; Wisconsin University; M.A.,University of Pennsylvania; Bolles, 1939; French, Tennis 106
Mr. Richard R. Bernard, B.S., University of Virginia; Bolles, 1939, Mathematics Mr. John T. Knight, B.S.E., Florida Southern College; University of Virginia; Bolles, Sixth & Seventh Grades Mr. Woodrow W. Russell, B.S., Stetson University; Bolles, 1940, Commercial Subjects Mr. C. H. Martin, Bolles, 1939, Executive Secretary Mrs. Elizabeth Jean Pierce, Queen's College, Bolles, 1939, Dietitian Major DeWitt Everett Hooker, B.S., Syracuse University; Bolles, 1939, Commandant of Cadets, PMS&T, English, Public Speaking 1941 New Teachers Only (total faculty, 24) Colonel Elvin S. Ligon, B.A., University of Richmond; M.A., Chicago University; Bolles, 1940, Mathematics, Guidance, Later (1943) Principal Mr. John R. Mason, B.A., University of Georgia; Bolles, 1940, Mathematics Miss Jane Hearn, B.A., B.A.L.S., Murray State Teachers' College; Emory University; Bolles, 1940 Librarian, Junior School Teacher Mrs. Elvin S. Ligon, Virginia Intermont College; Vassar College; Bolles, 1940 Secretary 1942
New Teachers Only (total faculty, 28) Major Mark M. Bradley, Rochester Mechanics Institute; Bolles, 1941, Coach All Sports Major William H. Davis, B.S., Northwestern Missouri Teachers' College; University of Missouri; Bolles, 1941 Mathematics Captain Vaino Nelimark, A.B., Northern State Teachers' College; Bolles, 1940, Junior School Principal, Mathematics, Swimming Coach Lieutenant Bryan Charles Gwinn, B.S., United States Naval Academy; Illinois State Teachers' College; Bolles, 1941P. N.S. & T, Spanish Lieutenant Guy Somers Mitchell, A.B., University of Miami; University of Paris; Bolles, 1941, Mathematics Lieutenant Lester T. Crews, B.S., University of Florida; Bolles, 1941, Science 107
Mr. Orren Pressly Evans, A.B., Erskine College; Bolles, 1941, English, Bible, Science; Advisor Bugle Mr. Albert W. Harris, B.S., Hastings College of Commerce; B.A., Drake University; Bolles, 1942, Head, Commercial Department Mr. Frederick Vernon Jones, A.B., Randolph Macon College; University of Virginia; Bolles, 1942, Mathematics, History Willis W. Gibson, A.B., Mercer University; Bolles, 1942 English Miss Mary A. Reeder, University of Chattanooga; Bolles, 1941, Secretary Mrs. Montine Roberts, B.S., University of Georgia; L.I., Georgia Teachers' College; Bolles, 1941, Lower School Teacher, Secretary Miss Anne Radcliff, R. N., St. Mary's Seminary; Bolles, 1941, Resident nurse The Reverend Lesley Wilder, B.A., University of Florida; D.D., Virginia Theological Seminary; Bolles, 1941; School Chaplain (first mention of Chaplain) 1943 New teachers only (total faculty,27) Commander D.E. Zook, Ph.D., Chicago University; Bolles, 1942, P.N.S.& T, Mathematics Lieutenant Ralph H. Gress, A.B., Catawba College; Bolles, 1942, Science Captain William M. Ormand, A.B., University of North Carolina; Bolles, 1942 English, History Mr. Edward Robert Parton, B.S., Stroudsburg Teachers' College; Pennsylvania State College; Bolles, 1942 English, Science Mr. T.M. Carter, Degree,?; Bolles, 1943, Mathematics, Biology Mr. B. M. Shacklette, B.A., William Jewell College; M.A., Duke University; Bolles, 1942 History, Government Reverend Alan R. Chalmers, A. B., Princeton University; B. D., Episcopal Theological Seminary; Bolles, 1942, School Chaplain (the second) Lieutenant Octavio S. Garces, B.A.E., University of Florida; Bolles, 1943, Lower School Teacher, Swimming Coach Mrs. A. W. Harris, Degree,?; Georgia State Teachers' College; Bolles, 1942,
Lower School Teacher Mrs. D. E. Zook, Missouri State Teachers' College; Chicago University; Bolles, 1942 Lower School Teacher Mrs. Ralph N. Andrews, Degree, ?, Greenbrier College; Bolles, 1940 Assistant Librarian Mrs. Roger G. Nevins, University of Wisconsin; Bolles, 1943 Secretary to Colonel Ligon Mrs. Sam Jones, St. Mary's Seminary Hospital; Bolles, 1941, Resident Nurse 1944 New Faculty Only (total faculty, 34) Mr. Adrian S. Stockard, B.S., University of Tennessee; University of Florida; Duke University; Bolles, 1943 Mathematics, Science Lieutenant Floyd E. James, A.B., Hanover College; Bolles, 1943 Head, Science Department Lieutenant Gordon Brokenshire, B.D., Yale Divinity School; B.S. Middlebury College; Bolles, 1943, Science, History Lieutenant G. Wilson Dun, B.S., Eastern Kentucky State; Bolles, 1943, Head, Commercial Department Lieutenant A. Z. Butler, A.B., Duke University; M.A., Vanderbilt University; Bolles, 1943, Science Mr. Westel Benton Owen, B.S., University of North Carolina; Columbia University; Bolles, 1943, Mathematics Mr. Clem Sylvester Earhart, B.S., University of Chicago; Indiana University; Bolles, 1943, Mathematics, English The Reverend John W. Mulder, A.B., Wooster College; B.D., Th.M., Rochester Theological Seminary; Bolles, 1944, Chaplain, English Lieutenant E.T. Hodges, U.S.C.G., University of North Carolina; Bolles, 1944, Mathematics, Navigation Mrs. Floyd E. James, Hanover College; Bolles, 1943, Lower School Teacher
Miss Thera O. Hambrick, A.B., Georgia State Women's College; Bolles, 1943, Librarian Mrs. G. Wilson Durr, Bolles, 1943, Assistant Secretary to Colonel Ligon 109
1945 New Teacher Only (total faculty and major staff, 34) Commander Zook dies November 12 while still employed. Yearbook Dedication Lt. Comdr. Francis A. Ford, B. S., L.L.B., U.S. Naval Academy, Bolles, 1944, P.N.S. &T., Mathematics Lt. Commander John K. Lynch, B.S., U.S. Naval Academy; Bolles, 1944, History Captain Ian M. Coleman, B.S., the Citadel; Bolles, 1944, Chemistry Captain Belford B. Hudson, B.A., Ohio Wesleyan University; Bolles, 1945, Mathematics Lieutenant Neil T. Goble, A.B., University of Florida; Bolles, 1945, Beach master (?), Naval Unit Mr. Walter R Morris, B.S., Mercer University; M.A., Columbia University; Bolles, 1944, Mathematics Mr. Marvin D. McCord, B.S., Meridian College; M.A., Columbia University; Bolles, 1945, Mathematics Mrs. Walter R. Morris, Degree, ?, Mercer University; University of Georgia; Bolles, 1944, Lower School Teacher Mr. Benjamin F. Poole, Bolles, 1944, Steward
1946 New Teachers Only (total faculty plus major staff, 41) Captain Edward B. Williston, B. A., Bates College; B.D., Hartford Theological Seminary; Harvard University; Bolles, 1945, History Captain W. Harold Walker, B.A., Furman University; University of Virginia; Bolles, 1945, English, French, Bugle Advisor Captain Emil H. Roth, B.S., Peabody Institute; M.A., Vanderbilt University; Bolles, 1945, Mathematics Captain Blaney G. Rackley, B.S., Wake Forest College; Bolles, 1945 Biology Captain James G. Roy, B.A., University of Alabama; Eastman School of Music; Bolles, 1945, Spanish, Bugle Advisor, Glee Club, Piano, Quill & Scroll Lt. Comdr. Harold King Feiock, B.S., B.A., U.S. Naval Academy; Indiana State
Teachers' College; Bolles, 1945, Mathematics Captain Albert R. Register, M.A., N.C. State College; Duke University; Bolles, 1945, Mathematics Captain Wallace S. Murray, B.S., M. I. T.; Boston University, Bolles, 1945, Mathematics The Reverend Grover Alison, Jr., B.A., B.D., University of Florida; University of the South; Bolles, 1946, Captain J. E. Springston, B.A., Marshall College; M.A., University of West Virginia; Bolles, 1945, Lower School Teacher Mrs. Helen H. Williston, B.S., Simmons College; Bolles, 1945, Lower School Teacher Mrs. Mamie S. Coleman, Degree,?, Dunmore Business College; Bolles, 1946, secretary
Mrs. Mary Lucy Vincent, Degree,?, Georgia State College for Women; Bolles, 1945, Dietitian Mrs. Josephine Alvarez, Assistant Nurse, House Mother 1947 New Teachers Only (total faculty plus major staff, 36) Captain W.A. Slauter, B.S., Bowling Green; B.S., University of Chicago; M.A., Oberlin Conservatory of Music; Bolles, 1946 Director of Lower School, English Captain W. Robinson, A.B., Akron University; Kent State University; Georgetown College; Bolles, 1946, History, Latin, Public Speaking, Coach Varsity Football Captain W. J. Sindlinger, A. B., Ohio State University; Ohio University; Kent State University; Bolles, 1946 English Major Cecil G. Rollins, A.B., University of Illinois; A.M., University of Paris; Bolles, 1946, Mathematics, Science 111
Captain Jasper N. Waites, A.B., Furman University; Bolles, 1946, Sponsor, Dancing Classes Captain Roger E. Simmons, B.S., St. Johns Junior College; Bolles, 1946, Lower School Teacher Captain John M. Stopinski, A.B., Stetson University; Kentucky State Teachers' College; University of Pittsburg; Bolles, 1946 English Mr. John M. Holmes, Quartermaster, Bolles, 1942 Mr. George Michel, Steward, Bolles, 1946 Mrs. Rose M. Simmons, Secretary, Bolles, 1946 Mrs. Mark (Henrietta) Bradley, Secretary, Bolles, 1946 1948 New Teacher Only (total faculty plus major staff) Reverend Joseph G. Board, B.S., M.A.M., Kentucky State Normal; Emory University; Havana University; Peabody College; Bolles, 1947 Mathematics, Bible, Chaplain Captain Beingle, A. B., Duke University; Middlebury College; Bolles, 1947 English Captain K. P. Stewart, B. A. Furman University; Bolles, 1947, History Captain Lloyd M. Bergen, B.S., Princeton University; University of Wisconsin; University of Illinois; Bolles, 1947, Mathematics Captain Galloway, University of Kentucky; Bolles, 1947, English Captain August Kadow, A.B., Guilford College, Bolles, 1947, Lower School Teacher Captain Bohler, B.S., Georgia Teachers' College; University of Georgia; Bolles, 1947, Biology, General Science Lt. Colonel Lionel C. King, Steward; Bolles, 1947
Lieutenant Harvey Wood, A.B., Olivet College; Perdue University; Tulane University; Bolles, 1947, Physics Captain Edgar W. Dorey, Degree ?, Bolles, 1947, Commercial Subjects Captain E. J. Bullock, A. B., Duke University; Bolles, 1947, Lower School History Mrs. James D. Ball, Degree,?, Rochester Normal School; Bolles, 1947, Lower School Arithmetic, History
1949 New Teachers Only, (total faculty plus major staff, 36) Captain Clinton E. Logan, A.B., North Georgia College; Bolles, 1948, Mathematics Major Charles E. Gildersleeve, A.B., Cornell University; Bolles, 1948, English Lieutenant Alfred C, Schmalz, B.A., Bowdoin College; Bolles, 1948, Chemistry Captain John L. Keating, A.B., Holy Cross; M.A., Boston College; Bolles, 1948, Latin, Public Speaking, General Science Captain Dean A. Gordon, B. A., Ohio Wesleyan University; M.Ed., Temple University; Bolles, 1948, Lower School Social Studies Mrs. Adelaide Bergen, A.A., Fairmont College-University of Wisconsin; Bolles, 1948, Remedial Reading 1950 New Teachers Only (total faculty plus major staff, 36) Mr. James H. Beaverson, B.A., Hamilton College; Bolles, 1949, English Mr. H. C. Brake, A.B., West Virginia University; Bolles, 1949, Latin, Mathematics Major Charles L. DuBose, A.B., Wofford College; Bolles, 1949, Mathematics Lieutenant Colonel Earl D. Hall, Degree,?, Bolles, 1949, History, PMS&T Lieutenant Charles W. Lamb, USNR, A.B., Glenville State College; Bolles, 1949, Lower School Teacher
Ensign Robert W. Nichols, USNR, A.B., Williams College; Bolles, 1949, Chemistry 113
Mrs. Mary C. Webster, L.I., Georgia State Women's college; A.B. Library Science, Florida State University; Bolles, 1949 Librarian Mrs. William H. Davis (Betty), Northwest Missouri State College; Bolles, 1949. Receptionist Mr. William H. Klahr, Maintenance Engineer; Bolles, 1949 Mrs., Edith Shepherd, R.N., St. Vincent's Hospital, New York City; Resident Nurse; Bolles, 1949, Mrs. Francis R. Simpson, A.B., Ohio Wesleyan University, Secretary to Superintendent; Bolles, 1949., 1951 New Teachers Only (total faculty plus major staff, 37) Lt. Kenneth Ackerman, USNR, B.S., Baldwin Wallace; M.A.Ed. Western Reserve; Bolles, 1950, Science Dr. Thomas L. Horton, B.S., Stetson University; M.S. Ph.D., University of Florida; (Bolles Alumnus, 1944, the first ever); Bolles, 1950,Mathematics Mrs. Roy V. Collins, R.N., Resident Nurse; Bolles, 1950. Mrs. William F. Klahr (Boots), Receptionist; Bolles, 1950. 1952 New Teachers Only (total faculty plus major staff 37) Mr. Calvin L. Beard, B. A., Rollins College; M. Ed. University of Florida; Bolles, 1951,Spanish, History Mr. Henry G. Gilland, B.A., Princeton University; M.Ed. Harvard University; Bolles, 1951, French Captain Robert W. Love, B.S., Norwich University; M. Ed., University of Florida; Bolles, 1951, Chemistry Captain Rufus R. McClure, B.A., Appalachian State Teachers' College; Bolles, 1951, English Lieutenant David W. Saltus, USNR, A.B. Harvard University; Bolles, 1951, 114
Biology Mr. Ralph E. Simmons, B.S., University of Massachusetts; Bolles, 1951, Science, Head Football Coach Captain Robert E. Todd, A.B., M.A., Yale University; Bolles, 1951, English Mrs. Robert E. Love (Jean), University of Vermont; Bolles, 1951, Secretary to Superintendent Mrs. Ruth Merchant, A.B., Georgia State College for Women; A.B. Emory University; Bolles, 1951, Librarian 1953 New Teachers Only (total faculty plus major staff, 44) Mr. Nicholas Canaday, Jr., ( Bolles Alumnus, 1946, the second), A.B., Princeton University; Bolles, 1952, English, Alumni Secretary Mr. Robert B. Bowman, A.B., Asbury College; M.A., University of Kentucky; Bolles, 1952, Latin, French Mr. Anthony J. Maturo, B.S., Maryville College; Bolles, 1952, Biology Mr. James W. Hall, A.B., Susquehanna University; Bolles, 1952, Physics Captain Clarence M. Wilson, Jr., B.A.E., University of Florida; M. Ed., University of Florida; Bolles, 1952, English Mrs. Dorothy B .Smith, A.B., Oberlin College; A.B.L.S. Emory University; Bolles, 1952; Librarian
Gordon E. Warden, Jr., B.A., University of the South; Bolles, 1952, Lower School History and Geography Mrs. Clark W. Toole (Cora), B.A., Duke University; Bolles, 1952 Lower School English Mrs. Mary E. Wilcox, R.N., Jersey Center Medical Center; Bolles, 1952, 115
Resident Nurse Captain Emmett W. Marcum, Quartermaster, Bolles, 1952 Miss Kathleen Othen (Kay), Secretary, Bolles, 1952 Waldorf B. Wallsten, B.S., Lund University (Sweden); Bolles, 1952, 1954 New Teachers Only (total faculty plus major staff 35) Mr. Timothy J. O'Connor, B. Ed., University of Florida; Bolles, 1953, English, Public Speaking Mr. Charles R. Sikes, B.S., University of Georgia; M.A., Peabody College, Bolles, 1953, English, History Arch P. Ogden, B.A., University of the South; Bolles, 1953, English Mr. Francis M. Wilhoit, A.B., M.P.A., Harvard University; Bolles, 1953, Latin, French Captain Ellis Lanquist, USAF, B.S., Ms., University of Florida; Bolles, 1953, Biology Mr. Lewis Nall, A.B., Western Kentucky State College; Bolles, 1953 Mathematics Mr. Charles R. Sowash, B.A., Pennsylvania State University; B. Ed., University of Miami; Bolles, 1953, Lower School Science Mr. Ray R. Stasco, B.S. Wittenberg College; Bolles, 1953 Mathematics, Football Coach Mrs. Patricia Woodruff, R.N., Monroe Memorial Hospital, Ocala; Resident Nurse; Bolles, 1953 1955 New Teachers Only (total faculty plus major staff, 33?) Lieutenant Jess D. Armstrong, B.A., MIS., University of Florida; Bolles, 1954, Physics Mrs. Esther Barnes, B.A., University of Illinois; A.M.A., Columbia University; Bolles, 1954, Lower School English 116
Mr. Frederick W. Hackett, M.A., Teachers' College, Columbia University; Bolles, 1954, Director of Studies Mr. Harvey Mette, Jr., B.A., Brigham Young; M.A., Jordan College of Music; Bolles, 1954, Band Director Lt. Lockwood Seegar, (third Bolles alum), B.S., Georgia Tech.; Bolles, 1954, English Mr. Joseph T. Dyess, B.A., Troy State College; M. Ed., University of Florida; Bolles, 1954, Lower School History, Geography No further staff or support covered in Yearbook
1956 New Teachers Only (total 32) Mr. Reaves H. Baysinger, L.L.B., Syracuse University; Bolles, 1955, Mathematics, Registrar Mr. Ralph D. Britton, B.S., M.A., Trinity College; Bolles, 1955, Latin, French Lieutenant George F. Drew, A. B., University of North Carolina; Bolles, 1955, English Dr. Bernard P. Meighen, B.S., Waynesburg College; M. Ed., University of Hawaii; Ph. D., Columbia University; Bolles, 1955 Mathematics Mr. George M. Traynor, A.B., Fordham University; Bolles, 1955, English Colonel Forrest. E. Cookson, B.S., U.S. Military Academy; Bolles, 1955, Commandant of Cadets History 1957 New Teachers Only Arthur G. Emens, B.S., Alabama State Teachers' College; Bolles, 1956, Science LCDR. John A. Hager, B.A., University of Wisconsin; M.A., University of Minnesota; Ph. D., Sorbonne, Paris, France; Bolles, 1956, French, Latin 117
Mr. Harry H. McKniff, B.A., M.A., Trinity College; Bolles, 1956, English LCDR. Kenneth Paul, B.S., Boston University; Bolles, 1956, Physics Major William D. Woodruff, USAR, B.S., Erskine College; Bolles, 1956, Mathematics, Varsity Football Coach 1958 New Teachers Only Captain Edward W. Banks, B.Ed., University of Miami; Bolles, 1957, Varsity Baseball, Mathematics Lieutenant John K. Davis, B.A., Amherst College; Bolles, 1957, Mathematics, Commandant of Cadets Mr. James Durant, D.E.S., Montreal University; M. A., University of New Hampshire; Bolles, 1957, Mathematics Mr. Charles P. Fletcher, B.A., University of Chattanooga; Sorbonne, Paris; Bolles, 1957, French
Lieutenant Harry E. Garrison, B.A., Haverford College; Bolles, 1957,, English, Head Football Coach Mr. Ward H. Pritchett, A. B., Mercer College; M.A., University of Virginia; Bolles, 1957; Will return to Cuba, 1959? Spanish Mr. Kenneth B. Seyller, B. S., University of Illinois; M.A., Northwestern University; Bolles, 1957, Mathematics 1959 New Teachers Only, total 32 Lt. Colonel George D. Braden, USAF, A.B., Harvard College; Bolles, 1958, Mathematics Mr. William K. Brown, A.B., Eastern Kentucky State College; Bolles, 1958, English Mr. Cliff J. Cox, B.S., Western Kentucky State College; Bolles, 1958, Science, Mr. Richard L. Holloway, A. B., Baker University; Bolles, 1958,, Spanish, French Dr. Wilber D. Jobe, (Bolles alumnus, 1951, the fourth), B.S., Geneva College; M.A., 118
University of Florida; Ph.D., University of Kentucky; Bolles, 1958, Physics Lieutenant James E. McLawhorn, B.S., Auburn University; Bolles, 1958, Lower School Geography Mr. Pierre J. Rudman, B.A., Colgate University; M.A. Middlebury College; Bolles, 1958, French, Spanish, Latin Mr. Marvin Vanover, B.S., Georgia Teachers' College, Bolles, 1958, Social Studies, Head Basketball Coach Mrs. Doris D. Manford, R.N., Medical Technology, Degree??? Bolles, 1958 1960 New Teachers Only, total 37
Mr. James F. Berringer, B.A., University of Florida; Bolles, 1959, English Lieutenant Frederick Boucher, B.A., M.A., Columbia University: Bolles, 1959, Science Mr. Robert Caron, BA., M.A., Texas Christian University; Bolles, 1959, History, Geography Mr. Hubert Marcotte, B.A., N.A., University of Montreal; Bolles, 1959, French, Latin Captain Clayton R. Simmers, B.S., U.S., Naval Academy; Bolles, 1959, Physics, Public Speaking Mr. Wesley Lane Ward, B.S., Georgia Teachers' College; Bolles, 1959, Mathematics Mr. Rodney F. Young, B.S., Georgia State Teachers' College; Bolles, 1959, Lower School English, Modem European History Mrs. Robert Caron, RN., Wesley School of Oklahoma; B.S., Texas Christian University; Bolles, 1959, Resident Nurse 1961 New Teachers Only, total, 34 Mr. Joseph T. Dyess, M.Ed., University of Florida, returns after three--year hiatus English Mr. William R. Call, Jr., A. B., University of North Carolina; Bolles, 1960, English, History
Mr. Alfred D. Duhamel, U. S.A.R., B.A., St. Mary's University; B.L., University of Montreal, Bolles, 1960, French, Latin
1962 Last year of the military New Teachers Only, total 34 Mr. Winston R Johnson, A.B., Harvard University; M.A. Trinity College; Headmaster, Bolles, 1961 Mr. Dennis J, Huston, B.A., Wesleyan University; Bolles, 1961, English Mr. Andrew F. Lindstrom, B.S., Jacksonville University (the first); Bolles, 1961, English Mr. Harold 0. Wilson, B. A., Wake Forest; B.D., Andover Newton Theological School; Bolles, 1961, French, History Mr. Lewis F. Snow, B.A., Trinity College; M.A. Stanford University; Bolles 1961, English Captain Bernhard Tieslau, Bursar, Bolles, 1961 Mr. Ward Pritchett returns from Cuba as math teacher after Castro takeover Carden,???. Nipper,???. Rowley.???..
BATTALION COMMANDERS 1934-John Thomas 1935-Chauncey I. McDowell 1936-Earle F. McDonald 1937-George Donald Hove, Jr. 1938-George Washington Van, II 1939-Jean C. Tyler 1940-A. Chester Skinner, Jr. 120
1941-Warren W. Bennett 1942-W. Lester Vain, Jr. 1943-Thomas I. Henderson 1944-Julius G. Clark, 1945-Thomas B. Glendinning 1946-Beverly W. Hirsig 1947-Robert J. Kiker 1948-Albert W. Busck 1949-Edward P. Andrews 1950-.William H. Can 1951-Talmage T. Williams, Jr. 1952-Roland D. Saunders 1953-Keith Palmer 1954-John Lynwood Pearce 1955-John Reed Hill 1956-William E. Cornell, III 1957-Albert Theodore Quantz 1958-Edward Hall 1959-W. N. Wilkins 1960-Joseph Backus 1961-Michael Olgivie 1962-Wilbur C. Trafton
Senior Class Presidents 1934-John H. Thomas, Jr. 1935-Chauncy I. McDowell 1936-George W. Herberston 1937-Palmer McSwain 1938-Mack Duggan Cooley 1939-Jean C. Tyler 1940-A. Chester Skinner, Jr. 1941-W. Gordon Colledge 1942-James F. McDonald 1943-Thomas L. Henderson 1944-Jack R. Milam 1945-Charles W. Crooks 1946-Beverly W. Hirsig 1947-William H. Hatfield 1948-John L. Sanderford 1949-William A. Killinger 1950-James Ellis Crosby 1951-George I. Kramer 1952-James C. Tyson, III 1953-C. Ross Benolken 1954-Conrad B. Litz 1955-G. Adrian Birney 1956-C. Clifford Mendoza, Jr. 1957-A. Theodore Quantz 1958-D. Kean Degnon 1959-James M. Isaacs 1960-Robert B. Dunlap 1961-Walter H. Martin 1962-R. Carter Warren 1963-Peter F. Taylor 1964-Edward C. McMillan
Valedictorians 1933-Sidney Walter Register 1934-Thomas Brustus Skiff 1935-Malon Orville Wright 1936-Robert B. Warnock 1937-George Donald Hore, Jr. 1938-George Washington Varn, II 1939-Dean Arthur Bressler 1940-Arthur Chester Skinner, Jr. 1941-Walter H. Klee, Jr. 1942-Edgar Daniel Simpkins 1943-Donald Bennett, Jr. 1944-Hugh Lawrence Cooper William Albert Carlton James S. Taylor 1945-Maxwell Warnock Wells, Jr. 1946-Quinn Ralph Barton, Jr. 1947-William Gaither Colmery, Jr. 1948-Robert Elkan Wemikoff
1949-Edward Porcher Andrews 1950-John Wright Boyd 1951-Fred Thellman 1952-Henry Alva McClellan, Jr. 1953-James Van Ellen Bent 1954-Robert A. Shelor, Jr. 1955-Gaylord Adrian Bimey 1956-Bryant King Vann, Jr. 1957-Frank Gill Slaughter, Jr. 1958-James Romaine Lindsley 1959-Richard Hamilton Vincent 1960-Ronald Kaman Smith 1961 1962-James Alton Wolf v Co L 1963-David Woolard Chambers 1964-Damon Craddock Miller
THE BOLLES SCHOOL 7400 SAN JOSE BOULEVARD JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA 32217
PAST PRESIDENTS OF THE NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY The Alpha Chapter of the National Honor Society was founded in Bolles in 1943. This group represents the pick of the School's students of high scholastic standing. The Society was formed at the suggestion of Headmaster Colonel Roger M. Painter with the assistance of Mr. William H. Hochheim, a distinguished faculty member and a committee of three students who held high academic ratings.
1943 Thomas L. Henderson
1954 Robert A. Shelor
1944 Edward Preston Andrews
1955 James Golden Barton
1945 Raymond Edger Spencer Jr.
1956 Thomas Theodore Weltch Crosby
1946 Thomas Corwin Kenaston
1957 Robb Prayne Degnon
1947 Hoke Smith May
1958 John Patterson Treadwell
1948 Benjamin Escott James, Jr.
1959 John Girvin McGiffin, III
1949 William Allen Killinger
1960 Arthur David Mosely
1950 Lamar Holman Waters, Jr.
1961 James Alten Wolf
1951 Talmage T. Williams, Jr.
1962 William Howe Skinned Jr.
1952 Henry A. McClellan
1963 David W. Charnbers
1953 Colin Ross Benolken
1964 Richard Paul Sollee
ichard J. Bolles, Man on the Move
Richard J. Bolles, for whom The Bolles School is named, actually died in 1917, sixteen years before the school that now bears his name was founded; therefore, he had absolutely nothing to do with The Bolles school, but he left behind two devoted protĂŠgĂŠes, Agnes Cain and Roger Painter, who would perpetuate his name in a way that he could not have imagined. In a letter dated 1906, Bolles wrote: "No modest man ever did or ever will make his fortune." Since he accumulated several fortunes, it is obvious that he was not a modest man. Bolles's life bridged the 19th and 20th centuries, both of which were deeply embedded in his spectacular and flamboyant life; and he was clearly a man of destiny, a life-long member of the "Robber Barons." The fact that he held a seat on the New York Stock exchange at age twenty-three, although he had no formal education, reflects the bravado that dictated his every move. He heeded Horace Greeley's admonition to "Go West" and wound up owning a silver mine in Aspen, Colorado, where he amassed his first fortune. From Colorado he gravitated to Oregon and amassed another fortune as a land speculator. But he saved the best for the last and moved on to Florida, where he extended his genius for land speculation to high science. He was nevertheless a reflective man who clearly understood himself. At age fifty-two he wrote in his diary: "It seems undoubtedly true that in the absence of a trained mind which I should have by study when young, I am in nearly every business and social transaction guided almost entirely by impulse, with no fixed principles." Most who did business with him would agree about the principles, fixed or otherwise. His reputation spread, and in 1907 Florida Governor Broward contracted for his help in draining Florida swamps. He went first to south Florida, where he accumulated still
another fortune, $3,000,000, speculating in Everglades swamp-land. Then in 1908 he opened an office in Jacksonville, where he would write the last chapter of his highflying career. Thirty years later, Roger Painter, founder of the school that bears his name, declared: "He was a brave and sincere manâ€Ś a great American."
As I sit at the computer and scan your senior pictures, I'm struck by the fact that you all look just like the "boy next door." Also, for some reason your senior pictures look older than those in today's annuals. For me personally, it is simultaneously a pleasurable experience and a sad one. A pleasurable one because of all the great personal memories. A sad one because I dwell on so many faces that have long since rendered their last salute.
Class Histories For the first twenty years or so most classes included in their yearbooks a class history for their own classes. In case some of you survivors would like to review your history, we have included them in the following pages. Collectively, they provide a loose chronology of the school through 1953, when the histories disappeared from all subsequent yearbooks. Enjoy.
1936 HISTORY OF BOLLES SCHOOL â€œTHE CLASS graduating from BOLLES at Commencement, 1936, are the four students still remaining from that small group so often referred to as the Charter Members of the school. It seems altogether fitting that we should try, briefly, to give a history of the development of the school from that time to their graduation. Figures offer the most readily comprehensible report of the growth in numbers. The school opened on January 5, 1933, with fourteen students. During that first year, this number was increased to twenty-seven. An increase of more than one hundred per cent gave an enrolment of sixty-five at the first of the next academic year, which number was further swelled to ninety-one. A complete tabulation could show the steady growth until at the time of Commencement in 1936 there are one hundred and forty-one students in BOLLES Scifoo . But to designate the growth of the school by mere numbers is to neglect the real development of that institution. From an idea in the mind of Roger M. Painter, encouraged by Mrs. Painter, there has grown a school of real merit. Mistakes have been made; nor is there any illusion to the effect that other mistakes will not be made. They are to be expected, but a part of the growth of the school is directly attributable to the fact that the administration is ever willing to see its mistakes and use them as ''stepping stones" to a better school. From a small group of boys, many of whom set examples by which their successors have profited, BOLLES SCt[ooL has grown into an institution which is no longer limited in its clientele to the patronage of Florida. Each year the circle of its influence reaches out farther from its location, until even now it caters to boys from far distant states, and from foreign-countries. The bringing together of these students from so widely separated communities is adding to the school a cosmopolitan atmosphere greatly beneficial to all the students in their need to develop breadth of vision. Every effort to make the school serve the purpose which its founders have for It has been made. The faculty has kept pace with the increase in students, and careful attention has been paid to see that the men are well trained in their fields of instruction and are sympathetic to the needs of growing boys. In the matter of interscholastic athletics, 1936 has given encouragement to the school 131
community. Progress is also being made along the lines of that greater aim of sports as seen in the intramural program. Things cultural are also being cared for. The Glee Club has been added to the already superlative Band and Orchestra, to make the musical background of the school a fine one. The body of Alumni is slowly but surely growing. Each year they become increasingly proud to say that they are graduates of BOLLES SCHOOL.. With the better `esprit de core,' so noticeable among the students of 1936, only better things can be prophesied for the school. To the four charter members, the school of 1936 is vastly different from the school of 1933. Three and a half terms have seen great progressâ€”progress which emboldens us to believe that that day is not far distant when the graduate and under-graduate will be proud to be called "A BOLLES Boy."
1940 THE CLASS HISTORY â€œOn a bright September morning in 1936 a group of boys entered the portals of the Bolles School to begin their high school career. At first they were bewildered with all the new faces and scenes, but they soon formed friendships and began to love the school. These charter members of the Class of '40 were Andrews, Barron, Harris, Henry, Renton, Hunter, Masters, Philips, Remes, Risk, Skinner, Todd, D., Tyler, and Webb. It is to these boys that we owe the foundation of one of the best senior classes in the history of our school. Many of these are graduating here this year, while a few have dropped from our ranks. The following year brought many new faces. This year the class blossomed out in athletics, and our own Charlie Nuckols made a berth on the varsity football team, while others were placed on the second string. This year also brought new members from our class to other teams and to the music department. We will never forget the night Mr. Bodfish made several of our present lieutenants run around the football field at midnight for an hour. Nor will we forget the famous feasts that Mr. Lockhart used to throw every Sunday night. Those that were good enough to pass their subjects and gain enough credits were admitted to the Junior Class the next year. This year the athletic group of our class grew and formed the noel ion-Baskethatfek. Those members were Nuckols, C., Henton, Murrey, and Esedbai Charlie Nuckols brought fame tolhe class by being the only three-letter man. in school. We also grew morally and began to look down on the Freshman and Sophomore classes. This year the fun began. We will always remember the pitter-pattering of feetâ€”then a yowl. What has happened? Just a bed dumped. Then at last, those who could make the grade were given the title of lofty seniors, and lofty we were. Major "Moo" Ski mad elected President of our great class tuber officers elected to help him in guiding the class were Vice-President, Harris; Secretary, Doeschler; and Treasurer, Maser. The smaller boys began to look up to us as their ideals and imitate us. Smart? Our Senior Class has never been rivaled in ... (well, we'd better tell the truth) making up excuses to get out of work or trouble and raising "vain.' But seriously, our class has made the best grades of any senior class yet. This was the year the Class gave everything it had to the school. It helped form the greatest football team we've ever had. Those men were Bennett, R.; Berry; Greenberg; Harris; Henry; MacDufe; Mitchell; Murchie; Nuckols, C.; Skinner; Todd, D. and Wodlinger. It also gave the nucleus for the best basketball team in the history of the school. Those men were Berry, Council, Escobar, Harris, Henton, Murrey, Nuckols, C., Skinner, and Wodlinger. In addition to this it gave two of its members, Doeschler and Honour, to form a prize-winning golf team. The Senior Class organized the most efficient "B" Club the school has ever had, and it was through the efforts of the Seniors on the Student Council that it began to function as it should. Dave Maser and Buddy Meyer brought fame to the school musically by having an audition by a representative of Stokowski. 133
Now as graduation draws near, we see the Seniors trying to be happy at the thought of graduating, when deep down in their hearts they are holding their sorrows the best they can. Many a Senior is wondering about college or work next fall, while others are reminiscing over past pleasures. But, slowly the curtain falls and with many farewell , the Seniors will part, some never to see Bolles or each other again.â€?
1941 THE HISTORY OF THE SENIOR CLASS
“At the beginning of the school year of 1937 a group of sixteen boys entered the ninth grade, but little did they realize that they would stick together throughout the rest of the years of their high school education. Honor, also, should be bestowed upon them because these boys comprised the largest number of charter members of any graduating class at Bolles. The members of this Class of 1941 who are from Jacksonville, Florida are—Beal, W., Clark, R., Churchwell, Colledge, Coleman, Stubbs, Kugelman and Klee. From Live Oak we got George Harmony, and from Crescent City came Graham White. While "Tat" came from "The Peach State," and Watson blew in from the wilds of Canada. Then later, in the first year, came Warren Bennett. The last two of the charter members, Fernandez and Roundy, came from the sunny isle of Cuba. After surviving the tasks of the first year, the charter members were advanced a grade, and at this point received some very important new additions to the ranks of the class. These were Propst from Nebraska; Maxwell from Perry, Florida; Parks King from Charlotte, N. C.; and Sparkman from Waldo, Florida. Many is the time that we recall the pleasures of that year. Such as the bath-room talk sessions on Sophomore Hall. We may also look back with pride to the athletic records made by our class that year, since Harmony was a standout football player, and Sparkman earned his spurs in basketball; while Propst, Tatgenhorst, Milliven, and Roundy were the backbone of the Junior Varsity eleven. The next year, as Juniors we again received additions to our ranks. These were Carnell who fitted into the Band as an excellent baritone player; Hess who was to make a name for himself in athletics; Hardwick from Fort Pierce, Florida; Marion Hall, another Kentucky athlete; and Hampton Hunte who hailed from Georgia. This year saw many members of our class filling important places on the various teams at Bolles. In football we had Beal, Coleman, Churchwell, and Propst; in basketball it was Sparkman; in swimming were Sams, Stubbs, and Colledge; in golf was Watson; and in tennis Hume. Then in September of this year all returned to Bolles to the realization of the long cherished dream—we were Seniors. Additional numbers and strength were added to the Class in 135
the persons of new members. These were—Austin who was returning after being out of school two years; Fitts from Atlanta; Johnson from Wildwood, Florida; Langley from "The Old Bay State;" Wentz from Jacksonville; Tiller from Durham, N. C.; Gordon from "The Mountain State;" and Josey, a "Tarheel." There were also a group of boys who had been a half year ahead of the regular seniors, and these men now became members of the Class of 1941. These last additions were— Andrews, Power, Penn, R., Riordan, Symonette, Henry and Webb. When battalion officers were appointed, the Seniors carried off many honors. Bennett was made a Major and the commanding officer of the Battalion; Henry and Colemen were made Company Captains; Klee, Beal, Roundy, Colledge, and Webb all received commissions as Lieutenants; and Andrews was given a position on the Staff as Sergeant. This is without making any mention of many other Seniors who were made Corporals and Sergeants. To guide their destinies through this critical Senior year the class elected the following officers—President, Colledge; Vice-President, White; Secretary, Coleman; and Treasurer, Sams. As Seniors the members of the Class of 1941 were active in many phases of school life. The class produced eleven lettermen in football—Andrews, Beal, Churchwell, Coleman, Henry, Propst, Gordon, Hall, M., Langley, Johnson, and Miller, M. Basketball also drew supporters in the persons of Coleman, Sparkman, White, and Hess; while other sports also found in Colledge, Stubbs, Fitts, Watson, Sams, and Roundy active participants. The school publications were strengthened by the work done by Andrews, Tatgenhorst, Klee, Hardwick, Henry, and King. Now our opportunity to make history at Bolles has come to an end, and the members of the class stand at the cross roads where our pathways will separate. However, these men of the Class of 1941 should continue to make history in their new fields of endeavor, and thus continue to spread abroad the name and fame of Bolles.”
HISTORY OF THE SENIOR CLASS
“In the year of 1938, the class was made up of nine bright young men: Arnold, Fowler. Little, MacDonald, J., Nuekols, H., Sullivan, Varn, Vilibart and Williams. As would be expected. they pulsated the natural ways of normal freshmen; first acquiring timidity; gradually, gaining confidence; finally, becoming general nuisances, out and out—raising the mischief that foretold the high spirits that lay dormant awaiting only the time and opportunity to break loose. More cadets under the names of Edwards, Hall, Hart, Koester, Kodatt, Milam and Turner were inducted in the class the next year, 1939. They were not quite so unconcerned as they had formerly been, but their spirit was there. Many a heart-throbbing paper-wad throwing night was spent on that long, isolated Sophomore hall. Many a demerit report would be handed out the following day—or would there be many? Their youthful mood of carelessness was not gone. They would crab about the food as usual, but can you tell me why there wasn't any left after a meal. Some of them began to take earnest interest in the school dances. Yes, they were growing up. In 1940—there were entered Conley, Coyle, Gibbs, Hardy, Maury, Robinson, Hartmann and Simkins. A sizeable class had now been accumulated. Juniors they were. One year they had to go—until they would be seniors! How they idolized that word, Seniors! How many times would they go to Roundy's (a senior) room and listen to his juke organ—because they wanted just to be with a senior, and gaze upon him with inspirited awe! ( ?) No more sand raising? oh, no? Well, on the whole the class put their minds to their work. Their competitive enthusiasm came out all over. Some played varsity sports. Some studied. One would bark, "column right" or "column left", with the assurance of a general. Browner entered in January of 1941—and swelled the size of the class a great deal. He had a forty-six inch waistline. Spring saw the Junior Class in fine fettle to study hard for those exams, for once. They left for a long summer vacation in which they would, of course, be fattened for the kill. Coining back in September, 1941—they were joined by a large numbet of prospective students, and additions to swell the ranks of the class of 1942: Byrne, Cornell, Dean Easland, Elford, Irvin, North, Lester, Parks, Pittard, Shelton, Smith, and Woodruff. 137
They were a healthy, happy, uproarious bunch—laughing, kidding and getting over the unfamiliarity of new acquaintances. However, their intentions were the best, serious. Competition became keen front the beginning. Many men were on the Varsity teams—striving for that extra point, in order to bear the roar of the crowd to cheer them on. Many were officers or "stripers." Some dreamed of that day when they would sing "Anchors Aweigh." Many settled down in study hall every day—instead of just those few days preceding the exam. Few were unconcerned about the future. They were now impressed with the significance of what would lay before them after June in 1942. New spirit was awakened. Ideals were set up. They were the leaders of the school. They were on the last lap of the development that comes before the partaking of the bitter sweet wine of life. Came the War. After the first ominous excitement, and the first disturbing interruptions— school life proceeded onward—calmer, more quietly, more determinedly. Some had been blind. Now they saw the light. The Senior Class of '42 became close-knit, more compact—worked, thought, planned, made up ideas of how they would head their respective ways. Good marks brought contest. Contest brought work. Work brought confidence and satisfaction. And after a hectic, grinding, final two months of intensive "touching up", they were finished ... finished with high-school, its life, its need, its easy joys and tripping trials. They would —they must succeed in those complicated pathways of life, as they passed out through the portals of their Alma Mater, BOLLES.”
1944 CLASS HISTORY â€œOver seven long years ago, in January 1937, one tow-headed brat came to Bolles to become the foundation of the graduating class of 1944: Vincent Faulk deserves this recognition because of his longevity and everlasting ability to study and work towards his graduating. Now, is the Fall of the 1938-39 school year, came to our institution three enterprising young gentlemen to accompany the "lone ranger" in his pursuit of knowledge. They were Baldwin W. D., Killinger it., and Taylor G. W ith the Fall of 1940, Cameron, Clark, Coyle, Gray C., Miller W., and Seammen entered as the quiet and reserved Freshmen who were to graduate in '44. Did I say quiet and reserved? Did I mean it? Well, I thought I did, but these reserved freshmen, gradually, at first, and then by leaps and bounds, grew into individuals who were pests to everyone with whom they came in Contact, as do all Freshmen, who think that they are "hot stuff' until someone teaches them better. Bowles L., Carpenter, DeLancy, Eddy, Hays, McCorkle, Rule, Short, and Smith E. E. came to this institution of learning to join forces with the old members of the Sophomore class in their contempt for the lowly freshmen, bearing in mind their many demerits and sore feet. Studying a little, they kept their eyes on that wonderful magnificent, resplendent, indescribable position of the Seniors. Time passed slowly, but soon time came for the summer vacation and school adjourned. After three and one-half short months of bliss and sublimity at home we returned to find Andrews, Carlton, Cooper, Davis E., Evans H., Glocke, Heath, Hilton-Greene, Hofmann, Horton, Johnson J. H., King, Mullen, Robertson, Tout, and Turner enlisted with us. A few of the more studious members made the Alpha Society, and several made the varsity athletic teams; several stripes were earned, but the Juniors' eyes were focused on themselves twelve months hence, as distinguished and dignified Seniors. We went along, not doing so badly; we were acquiring prestige, and we would need it next year to outstare 139
the lowly under-classmen. Book reports and the Junior theme accounted for much last, minute, mid-night, oil burning. Soon May 28th rolled around with many, "a good wish for summer and see you next year," floating round the barracks. September came again and the class came back again to form the graduating class of 1944, supplemented with Bize, Cofer, Enloe, Giddens, Jackson D., MacKenzie, Martin H., Pooler, Ross H.. Spatz, Steadman, Straith, Street, Timmerman, Vereen, Wilde, Yates, and Youngblood, all eager to set .upon the tasks that awaited them. Buttons and Stripes adorned many cadets' sleeves and collars, and fine leadership developed producing some of the best officers in the school history. Academic averages ran high, and many Seniors starred in athletic contests. They still lived for Saturdays to come and the week-ends, but they found themselves looking at things differently now. Instead of the kids that they used to be, now the fifty-five men, who compose the largest graduating class in the history of Bolles, were more serious minded and lofty in ideals. Many happy hours were spent in various phases of Bolles and when it came time to leave, there was regret in their hearts. Yes, Bolles had won another victory; again it had created men from boys!â€?
1945 CLASS HISTORY “The history of the Senior Class of 1945 began with the enrollment of Joel P. Oliver in February, 1937. A little over a year later, Hump Robson joined him. Then in September 1939, the nucleus of the class was formed with the arrival of Krueger, Pons, Hardin and Tatgenhorst. The following year, their number were increased by the goming of Spencer, Warner, Beal, Graves and Seammen. Some of these boys were responsible for the founding of the so-called C. Company Smoking Room, and other nightmares to the faculty. The Freshman class in 1941 was made up of these boys plus some newcomers: Fitch, Howell, Compton, Glendinning and Grace. With such things as paper-wed fights after taps, pillow fights during evening study hall, tossing contraband from the windows of the Day Boy bus, and ink fights anywhere and anytime, the faculty had already begun to dread the year that these boys would become Seniors. After enjoying three months of loafing etc., we returned to school to find our numbers swelled by the addition of Fortune, Tons, Crooks, and Higgins. This combination of cadets will never forget their happy experiences in Latin class, or the practical jokers in Mr. Gibson's English class. After the return to school the following fall, we were joined by Skinner, Elliot, Clements, Shaw, Halbe, Todd, Lanier, Breton, Minton, Mills, Doro, Gonzalez, Milne, McQuaid and Martin. This almost completed the Class of 1945—in fact, it nearly finished them in the eyes of the faculty. It is doubtful whether any of them will ever forget the jokes, reports, grades and stink-bombs tied up with the Junior English classes. With any imagination at all; one should be able to foresee the bright future in store for such a fine group of young men. The remainder of the class of 1945 entered Bolles at Summer School and the following ISeptember. These were Davis, Parker, Dempsey, Amrine, Watkins, Kaisner, Archer, Walker,Dulany, Clark and Campbell. We shall skip the accomplishments of the Senior Class, and Fimention things like humour in Senior English class, the vast quantities of Senior privileges obtained during the year, after-taps excursions and other unmentionables. Seriously, though, we all hate to see it coming to an end. Due to war conditions it will be impossible for but a few of us to attend college, and we shall look back upon our friend. ships and good times at Bolles as the brighter days of our life.”
1946 SENIOR CLASS HISTORY â€œThe history of the Senior Class of 1946 began rather quietly in September, 1939, when the enrollment of the school was boosted to 167 by the arrival of Beverley Hirsig and Tommy Evans. The next year Fred Schultz and Nick Canaday arrived and we were on our way. As our class grew, so did the School, and this year 58 of us will graduate from a corps which now numbers 294. In 1941 Chenoweth, Fitch, Friedlund, Kenaston, Powell, andGrainger joined our little group and "C" Co. hall became a bedlam. The Freshman class included these boys and newcomers Jackson, Lippman, Spears, Wolfe, Young, and Crooks. Our talents in the field of joyous living were transferred to Latin class with drastic results to poor Capt. Hochheim. The following year our members were bolstered by the arrival of Barton, Baldwin, Bowles, Calvit, Cassens, Coppedge, Henderson, Kittinger, Love, Perez, Pedrick, Schaller, Seegar, Teed, Ward and Worthley. Our class began to have a reputation for wit, humor, and ability to sneak out of demerits. But our Junior Class, which saw Allison, Anderson, Blythe, Boatwright, Franklin, Henry, Hudson, Jewett, Kuder, Mitchell, McGehee, McLean, Patterson, Joselove, Reynolds, and Roberts added to the roster, soon lost the knack of escaping the bullring when we ran- into that "muscle" plan from North Carolina. Returning from our final summer vacation we found our illustrious class complete with the arrival of Brundick, Fish, Harrell, Madsen, Newton, Wallis, R., Wallis, W., Clayton, Willings, and Pearlman. This was to be our last year of high school and we began the year determined to leave a record behind us for others to shoot at. Since our Freshman year we had been called probably the best class in the history of the School, and in our Senior year we proved it academic work we greatly surpassed any previous Senior class average and won honors for the School in national tests. In extra-curricular activities we also excelled. Many new organizations were formed and all organizations were added to and improved under the guidance of Seniors. School publications reached a new high and other groups which had been merely figureheads really did something. Weekend activities were a regular event and there was even an interstate journalistic convention 142
held here. But it was in athletics that we excelled all expectatio'ns. Our class had been known as hard workers and good students but in athletics we seemed to be about average. Fall came and our football team roared through the season to win the East Central Conference Championship. In basketball the team started slowly but improved so that they won the East Central Conference Chan]. pionship, beat the Northeast Conference champions, and came so close to winning the State Class A Championship that we had Florida high schools holding their breath. In the spring our swimming team continued its winning way, our baseball team improved greatly, and a track team was organized. These achievements constituted a great deal of work, but we all got lots of pleasure out of doing them. Our only hope is that next year's Senior Class will follow in our footsteps so that our work will not have been done in vain. And when we return in later years, we will be able to say that we gave Bolles a real push on its nearly completed road to greatness.â€?
THE HISTORY OF THE SENIOR CLASS OF 1947 â€œThe embryo of the Senior Class of 1947 was formed when Albert Hodges first wandered on to the campus of the Bolles School in 1939. In taking these fateful steps, Al laid the foundations for the oldest senior class in the history of the school. Following close on his heels in 1941 came Redman Dortch, George Drew, John Hixon, Homer Humphries, Bob Kenaston, Hoke Smith May, and Bill,. White. In 1942 Wilson Bytes and Ed Brasington joined our merry band. The class was then beginning to take a definite appearance. The year 1943 saw the additions of Dick Barrick, Dick Bowles, Evans Crary, Steve Jaffe, Bob Kiker, Lloyd Pearce, Bill Walsh, Martin Williams, and Van Millis. By the time we reached our sophomore year in 1944, and with the additions of Bill Brinson, Bill Colmery, John Courson, Hix green, Bob Jones, Bob McCall, Dubose Murray, John Priestman, Jim Redman, Phil Reid, James Rizk, Charles Stout, George Tillman, Lawrence Tucker, and Thomas Underwood, we were fasf becoming class record breakers as far as numbers were concerned. It was from the preceding freshman and sophomore classes that the great athletic teams of 1946 and '47 were taken. Bob McCall began playing football for us immediately after he joined the corps in 1944, and, of course, anyone familiar with Florida high school athletics will remember the great Bolles football teams of 1945 and '46, in which the '47 graduates took such a leading role. The championship basketball teams of '45 and '46 owe a great deal to the class of 1947 in the person of Steve Jaffe who was a mainstay on, the team both of those years. As juniors, under the inimitable Captain of American English and Natural History (dealing only with weasles), we welcomed Irving Early, Jack Gily, Bill Hatfield, Bob Johnson, Howard Campbell, Charles Raymondo, Tony Robida, Tom Willings, Larry Zimmerman, James King, Bert Coulon, and Belknap P. Bourne. In most schools the juniors follow passively the lead of the seniors in all extracurricular activities; this was not true of our junior class. Under the leadership of George Drew and a number of other journalistic aspirants, a chapter of the Quill and Scroll was founded at Bolles, and, seeking greater heights, the Conference of Southeastern Highschool Journalists was founded under the same group. This organization was a great step toward furthering higher ideals and efficiency among highschool journalists in this section of the country. 144
The remaining members of our tremendous class joined us with light hearts and smiling faces in September of 1946. They include such illustrious personalities as Tom Brown, Horace Graham, David James, Gene Mills, Derek North, Dv Patridge, Bill Russell, Luiz Leao, and Bob Read. Through the years we, the Class of 1947, have endeavored to forward all of those erstwhile traditions which have grown to be such a part of Bolles, to increase the academic standards and to see that discipline was not encroached upon in any possible way. We have established an academic average that is a mark for the juniors, and our advancements in the field of journalism are the envy of every school in the southeast. This year we sent delegates to a great many important academic and journalistic conventions, notably that of the National Honor Society at Tampa, Florida and that of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association at New York City. At the latter conference a Bolles publication was presented with its first major national award when the "Alpha Review", edited by Hoke Smith May, received first prize among the secondary schools for publications of its kind. We are proud of our record at Bolles, and, as we must now bid our school farewell, we leave with the juniors our record as a target. To hit the "bullseye" would be to succeed.â€?
1949 CLASS HISTORY The Class of 1949 began like a small storm. A storm gathering boys each year until finally it blew itself into the Senior Class of today. The storm first began with the Seventh Grade when there was Brantley; Bull; Goode; Killinger; Morris, S.; Myrick; Permenter, M.; Rush; Foley and Snyder. These were the particles which the storm picked up first and each year still more were added by its raging winds. Increasingly the storm raged on and in the Eighth and Ninth Grades added force to pick up Duckworth; Stokes; Suttles; Andrews, E. P.; Bliss, R.; Mann, C., and Kay. These, added to the ones from the previous years, furthered the advancement of the Senior Class. The tempest seemed to increase in intensity year after year, because when the Tenth Grade was organized there was Dismore; Dowling; Fortunas; Leeper; Mahon; Moore; Jones, H. B., and Phifer to swell the Class strength. There seemed to be no stopping of this storm picking up boys from all over the country. Whatever the place, big or small, the storm was picking up these boys to form one great organization, the Senior Class. The tempest was not always content with just picking up boys and putting them into various classes, but saw to it that there were a few great athletes among the crowd. There were boys who worked hard to put forward the best, teams and in doing so gain for themselves and the school the best teams in this part of the country. Events such as winning, in 1949, the Northeastern Conference Basketball Championship, proved these points. The year went by and the Summer faded away and it was time for the tempest to deliver some more boys toswell the numbers of the Class of 1949. The storm did arrive and with it there was Denney; Ira; Mills, S.; McMurry; Nottebaum; O'Neill; Price; Scott, D.; Shepard, H., and Young-flesh. These boys like the ones before them fell into step with the others. It was during this year that the Class filled out and went into various organizations, such as Student Athletic Council, Student Council, and the "B" Club. These organizations helped our morale and we began to put more and more of the Class into these clubs and societies. In the way of athletics, we had some very good players. Boys like Snyder, Stokes and Youngflesh showed this when we won the Northeastern Conference Basket-boll Championship, as one of the outstanding deeds of 1949. Finally, the year we had been waiting for rolled around and with it the old and 146
unforgettable storm. The storm this time would be the lost for this year's Seniors, but it would continue to create new members for various classes year after year. The last members to come in were Akel, Barley, Ferran, Gardner, and Hastings. It was at this time that we showed the strength of the Senior Class because we put into the field of football seven men. On the hardwood floor of the gym, we had three outstanding players. Baseball called for the skill of five good players and from the view of the grandstand it seems that we did not make a bad showing. Yes, the storm did blow us together, but soon now it will blow us each and everyone into a different path and from where we go then will depend upon the winds of tomorrow.â€?
1950 SENIOR CLASS HISTORY “The Class of 1950 was born a few short years ago when a small boy named Charles Clark cried a little as his mother left him, confused and bewildered, on the Bolles Campus that bright September morning in 1943. Charlie, however, wasted little time in tears. He knuckled down with the stern determination of an aggressive lad facing the complexities of the sixth grade, and, thereby, set a pattern. That pattern has been one of successful accomplishment. The following year saw him proudly explaining "the ropes" to Canaday, Folsom, Mallory, Tommy Taylor and Bubba Williams who were being initiated into the problems which arise in the seventh grade. Stalwarts all, they fell in with the pattern and began the development of a sense of leadership and responsibility that was to come into full bloom in later years and make the Class of 1950 outstanding in the annals of Bolles. By 1946, the year which found our Class Founder in the first year of his high school career, he and his cohorts were reinforced by the arrival of such stout fellows as Atkins, Ball, Ben-bow, Bliss, Borland, Carr, Deacy, Hugh Gregory, McCall, McLeod, Mahorner, Newton, J., and Roy Sheppard. Now the Class was, indeed, firmly established. Now the record began to show more than mere promise. Even as freshmen this Class of 1950 indicated outstanding ability and definite leadership in many and varied fields. On through the Sophomore and Junior years our story runs. More members — more successes. Anderson, Pete Alexander, John Andrews, Boyd, Brice, Crosby, Hudson, Huguelet, Jones, Love, McCarter, Manos, Roy Newton, O'Hara, Paulsen, Rushton, Scott, Danny Smith, Lin Taylor, Turner, Vaughn, Venable, Waters, Wilder, Jimmy Williams and Raul Zelaya were now in our ranks, and serving as welcome additions to our list of veterans. By the end of its Junior year, the Class of 1950 had stamped itself indelibly on the pattern that had been faintly etched back in those early years. On the athletic field, in the classroom and in military and naval activities the pattern became more and more vivid. Boasting membership in the Student Council, the National Honor Society, the "B" Club, the Quill and Scroll, and all other student organizations the Class had well established itself. The final year, that fateful year, the great year arrived, and with it several new members joined our ranks: Ackley, Bell, Chappel, Clayton, Johnson, MacDonnel and Vince Walker. The Class of 1950 has worked as a unit for the last time. The pattern is complete. We have done our best, and now we part. Next year will find us scattered, but, with our departure, this Class of 1950 becomes a spirit and a tradition. We trust that our record will be an ever present inspiration for succeeding generations for many years to come.”
1951 CLASS HISTORY â€œIt was eight long years ago, on a bright September morning that the Class of 1951 was born with the matriculation of STEVE WALKER. Little time did this young pioneer spend in meditation upon the honors which the years were to bestow on his illustrious class, for he was very rapidly caught up in the activities of the fifth grade. How could he, at that tender age, know that he was to be the daddy of this years class?
In the fall of 1944 our founder was joined by BILL STEVENSON and the one and only WILBUR JOBE, and the great triumvirate was formed. Strange as it may seem, they are still friends.
With 1945 came J. P. HALL, JACK JOINER and the identical twins, ILA and JON PERMENTER, and a year later, the happy seven were augmented by JOHANN FORSTER, KEN HARDY, JULIAN JACKSON, BIG GEORGE KRAMER, BOB LANGLEY and RANDY RITTER. As night falls and day breaks (I could never understand that one) so another year rolled around and our ranks were swelled by IKE FOINQUINOS, DEAN GORDON, PETER HARVEY, GEORGE HENDERSON, PAUL KLOEPPEL, JOE LOPEZ, LEO TEMPLES, TAL WILLIAMS and HECTOR ZELAYA.
Having grown in grace and in stature this group carried on its normal activities not as individuals but as a class, and, as such, welcomed the new comers who descended upon them in the persons of MIKE GADDIS, ALBERTO and FERNANDO ARROYO, BOB HUDGINS, LEE JONES, AL MINTZ, ANDY McCUNE, FRED THELLMAN AND your historian, JAN vander LUGT.
We were now all in the tenth grade and could foresee, in the distant future, the possibility of graduation. Each year, as the seniors passed out of our gates to the happy hunting grounds beyond, we moved another notch closer to our goal.
In 1949 we became upper classmen and added the title of Junior to our rapidly growing list of accomplishments. Into our ranks came ELGIN BAYLESS, JOHN BECKUM, RICK CHISHOLM, JOHN COZY, TRUSTEN DRAKE, RAD LOVETT, PAUL MATHEWS, DON OWENS, GEORGE STONE, LEE THOMPSON AND WILLIAM, the great, ELBEL.
Came the dawn of September 1950 and joining the Class on the last lap were LINLEY
COLEMAN, VIRGIL JERNIGAN, HENRY IVY, HARVEY JACKSON, BILL SEY, SAM McCLURE, COMER PIERCE, LYLE SCHMEHL,-CHARLIE JARRETT and the other identical twins of the Class, DON and RON CONNERY.
So endeth the roster of 1951, and thus begineth a new day. What the tangled world holds in store for us we cannot know, but this we most earnestly hope: May BOLLES become an even better school because of our having been in residence; may our Class have made an impression for good; may our names be remembered as having contributed to the `best interests of the School.
BOLLES is our School; we are proud of it, and we trust that BOLLES can also be proud of us— the Class of 1951.”
1952... that made history at Bolles “The Class of '52, Bolles twentieth group of graduates, had its start back in September, 1945, when Dickie Hardin, Henry McClellan, Bruce Norman, Neil Presser, and J. B. Waters first set foot on the campus. A little later in the year Bill Richardson brought their number up to six. With the following year nine more joined the Class of '52 and it began to take on something of its present form. Included in these new arrivals were Jack Cowart, Stu Gregory, Wiley Jarrell, Charlie Kern, Squeek Marvin, Pete McCranie, Bobby Paul, Bill Slye, and Jug Wilson. John Dykers, Kayo Foshee, Robert Gryder, H. 0. Myerston, R. D. Saunders, and Smokey Stover further fleshed out the class when they joined up in September of 1947. Most of the early founders of '52 had left “E" Company and joined the Military or Naval units when 1948 saw Jose Abarca, Craig Ellison, Ronald Fowler, and Gene Stapler enroll as Freshmen. By the time 1949 rolled around the Class had begun to go places in athletics, academics, and journalism and was already pegged as potentially one of the best Bolles has ever turned out. These convictions were strengthened when Bob Davidson, Mike Kenney, Ray King, Oscar Lange, Larry Moshell, Jerry Spragens, and Jim Tyson came in. - Last year, 1950, brought thirteen more additions in the persons of Harry Bennett, Bob Brady, Frankie Brown, Bill Brown, David Dobson, Bob Ernest, Dud Johnston, Roy Lang, Scotty Manley, Frank Martin, Bill Montgomery, Bill Roll, and Madison Weeks. September, 1952, had the Class up to its graduating strength of sixty with the entrance of Len Bellingrath, Sam Bishop, Powell Brewton, Jose Campos, Val Cathey, Jack Denny, John Dyal, Gecrge
Hatfield, Paul Herlowski, Dick Jackson, Charlie Mainwood, Andy McCullough, Lou Stark, Mike Tierney, and Alfredo Torres. So it was completed—the Class of 1952. This class probably had more "old-timers" than any in Bolles' history—boys who have been here five, six, and seven years—and it is, we feel, the better for it. And yet the later arrivals have contributed just as much in work done and progress made toward a better Bolles. Look at the records—of 1952's athletic, military, naval, and journalistic achievements—and, most important of all, the fact that this group of sixty has maintained probably the highest academic average for the entire year of any senior class in Bolles history. This is it—the Class of 1952, a class which, as Major Hooker has said, has made the school a better place because they were here.”
1953 CLASS HISTORY “The founding of the Class of '53, like the foundation stones of a building-to-be, started off with seven "E" Company boys, the future Film Master, Wally Bradley,. Bob Gillett, Bubby Jackson, Richie Klahr, Claude Tatro, "Bring 'em Back Alive" Chauncey Matthews, and "Big" Fred Morton. These were the boys who'aid the stones and built the roads seven long years ago in 1946. The following year of 1947 found the building rapidly taking shape with some hard workers putting their efforts into the fray. Young "Twig" Bent, child prodigy heading the list, "Strong-Arms" Pete Bibbens, Joe Durkee, Skipper Benolken, "Pop" Jim Freeman, Tommy Mann, and Jimmy Langley. Our foundations were up and the pillars of the class began to form. Somehow, we got two basement men into our midst and they quickly began to put in the boiler, and we always had some hot wind with Raymon Abarca and Welty "Strube" Shrum, during the year of '48, However, in 1949, we made up for lost time, and into the project came the sides which have held it so closely together and among these boards, nails, and hard work came Keith Palmer, Coach Roland Taylor, John Soper, Don "Messy" Sistrunk, Charlie Kline, Bobby Jones, and Bill Grafft. 151
Yes, the walls were up, the pipes were in with thanks to Mickey Wilson, Gene Mullis, and Lester Coleman. Next came the electricians, who brought the sparks into the vast combination of workmen with Dick Thalleen, Randall "Tex" Thomson, Bob Wimberly, Gus Tucker, and Little Dave Cates back in 1950. Soon the roofers came, and some of these "Top" boys were Jimmy Barker, E. P. Daniels, Teddy "The Greek" Johnson, J. B. Miller, and Bill Van Buren. Everything was in readiness and we were running on the dead line with only half of the year of '51 gone. We added some new help with Woody Wilkinson, Jerry Woodward, Tommy Fidler, Leonard Stevens, Fred Rankin, and good of "Worthless" Turner. We were not a class working entirely on building a project, but working in athletics was a main spring, with the junior boys taking on many honors and awards in all fields of sports. To this group we must add Johnny Bicknell, Don Edwards, Jim (Dixie) Kenaston, Ron Rosecrans, Little John Withers, and Warren Watrel. It was truly a year of success to close the final stretch of a great class. The New Year brought to Bolles a future father in "Daddy" Joe Subers. Also some vital material presented itself in Henry Hartley, Boyce Howel, (W. M. B. R.) Jimmy Martin, Paul Pirre Kadlec, and John Middleton. In order to round off and give our masterpiece it's final touches we added to the class in '53 Arthur Christensen, John Dumbauld, John Gianantonio, Joe "Super" Hannon, Bob Byng, Doug "Break-away" Igou, Bill Marr, John Marich, and last but not least our one and only Post Graduate Jeremiah Slade. This is it, on the finished scale, the Class of 1953, a great milestone for the history of The Bolles School.â€?
Fred Courington and Tom Lee By sheer coincidence, two military career professionals, one the US Navy the other the US Air Force, classmates and roommates in the Class of 1956, wrote me extended responses, which, together, comprise an ideal introduction/recollection of their Bolles experiences and memories and therefore the memories of most military alumni. Remarkably, neither knew the other was writing. My response to Fred, next page, offers a glimpse into my own experience during those years, a mini-memoir as it were, and a reflection of the life of a teacher. The first of these, severely abstracted, explains itself. Dear Rufus, I have been contemplating your letter to the Bolles graduates of the military era, trying to figure out what to write. Forms always constrain me, so I decided to freewheel it in a letter to you. ...There has always been a sense of the unresolved within me, and this letter gives me a chance to reach out touch you and Bolles. ...That was what I got from Bolles-the love of learning. As I look back, I cannot help thinking that I might have received the best education available in the state of Florida at that time. ...For me, the military aspect gave as much as did the academic aspect. I started as a sixth grader in 1949, in C Company, and that is where I returned as company commander in my senior year. I needed the discipline provided by the military environment. Later in life, I made a career of the U.S. Navy as physician specialist. The discipline at Bolles helped me through medical school and training to follow, as well as the valleys of life. The faculty, except possibly Madelyn Ball, were in military attire and had military titles; many were, in fact, retired military. They exuded the demand for 153
respect, and they received it...I liked the Navy. I felt at home. However. ..I left the Navy... in 1971. ... Big mistake. In 1977, I reentered the Navy to make a career of it as a Navy doctor, and I retired in 1997. The Navy, in exchange for following its rules, regulations and customs, gave me immense freedom to practice medicine the way I thought it should be practiced... Bolles went with me wherever I went, with living memories of people like yourself helping me make decisions and accept responsibilities. ...No letter or form or narrative could begin to capture memories adequately. Thus, this letter is a tiny smattering, with most of the people and events unaddressed. In writing this letter, memories have flooded my mind, more than I realized...In Bolles I got so many of the principles which took me years to make explicit and to expand. ... Well, Rufus, I will end these ramblings here. Whether any of this is helpful to you, I could hardly speculate, but doing this letter has done me a world of good. Fred
My response to Fred Courington
April 19, 2005
Dear Fred, I'll start by saying that I'm very pleased that "doing this letter has done you a world of good"; and I thank you for your kind words about me, which have done me a world of good. I've been pondering your letter since I received it and, like you, wondering how best to respond. There were about 900 who received my letter/questionnaire, and to date I have received about 120+ responses, most of which were more or less mundane; but there were a good many that were reflective. Yours, however, was the most contemplative, which, in turn, requires 154
me to be contemplative. Although I am truly proud of the new Bolles, my current involvement with the military era reminds me that everything old is new again, and your letter reminds me, poignantly I might add, how really wonderful those years wereâ€” for me, both personally and professionally. You call them your formative years. Well, they were formative years for me also. You arrived in 1949 as a 6th grader; I arrived in 1951 as a neophyte teacher. Some of the same people who shaped you also mentored me, Major Hooker in particular, to a lesser extent Ball, Roy, and Hochheim. I now detect as never before a sort of circular pattern of mentoring. As I was being mentored, I was, in turn, mentoring students like you and Harry, who went on, as you know, to become Head and, in his own way, became involved in the mentoring continuum. As a bachelor, I lived in the dorm with you and was for some years in charge of B Company, i.e., until I got married in January, 1956, and thereby became a member of your class. In fact, your class more or less adopted us; as a result, we have always experienced a very special affinity for the Class of 1956. Although you say the Bolles you knew died decades ago, and to some extent that's true, you might be surprised to learn that something I'll call the Bolles spirit lives on. As I explore old yearbooks and ponder the responses I am receiving to my questionnaire, I am convinced that this spirit began at the beginning, all the way back to the 30's. We both know that you can't define spirit, but you certainly can sense it, even feel it. For me that special spirit emanated from Major Hooker. For him it was something he inherited and absorbed when he arrived in 1939. He transmitted it to me and to all those other faculty who, you recall, "exuded the demand for respect." Hook was synonymous with Bolles. In fact, he personified the Bolles spirit, which is best articulated in a seemingly casual statement he made to me when he interviewed me on a bright Sunday June morning in 1951: "Bolles is a friendly place." He then took me to Sunday lunch (dinner?). His table, you will recall, was just inside on the right. As I sat there having my first Bolles meal, you, no 155
doubt, were sitting there somewhere as a 7th grader, and two years later I would be teaching you 9th grade English, followed by 11th grade English and then 12th grade.. E Gads! Three years, no less. But I know now something neither of us knew then, that I learned a great deal more from my students than I imparted to them, which leads me to assert that there is an affinity between the teacher and the physician, who, I am sure, learns a great deal from his patients. Forgive me for rambling, but to quote you: "memories have flooded my mind." Bolles has indeed changed, in some ways radically; otherwise, it would not have survived. But it hasn't died. Reincarnated perhaps. One last observation: I am currently working on Bolles traditions; and my research and ruminations convince me that our most cherished traditions, those that define and animate the Bolles spirit, began at the beginning, were nurtured through the 30's and 40's, matured through the 50's and were then successfully transmitted to the "new Bolles" during the transition from the military era to the preparatory era. Therefore, much of what you loved about Bolles is still lovable to current students and faculty. I think you will be pleased to know that the amalgam that we denominate as school, i.e., the students and the faculty, has not changed all that much, thanks in no small part to Harry, who, as your peer, transmitted much of the Bolles you knew to the generations who followed you. We still boast a faculty that "exudes the demand for respect"; and our students, many of whom are grandchildren of your peers, have changed very little. They are still courteous, serious, dedicated learners/scholars who respect tradition and authority; and, like your generation, they will continue on to become outstanding professionals and leaders. Although this long letter is not necessarily intended to absolve your reservations, I hope nevertheless that I have somewhat mitigated those reservations so that Bolles will still go with you wherever you go. Very sincerely yours, Rufus
Bolles School Boarding Reflections plus 50 years. By Thomas E. (Tom) Lee, Colonel. USAF (Ret)
I was a boarding student for two school terms (1954-1956). I came to Bolles for the education - specifically to attend an accredited high school and receive an accredited diploma. My goal at that time was to attend the Naval Academy. The Academy required that one have a high school diploma from an accredited institution. The fact that Bolles was a Naval Honor School made it all the more attractive. As I remember, we learned of Bolles through its advertisement in the National Geographic Magazine. Before coming to Bolles, my parents and I lived in Ankara, Turkey. My father was employed by the U.S. Government there. I attended the American School in Ankara for my first two years of high school. Actually, it was not a school but an "Educational Association," since foreign schools were forbidden in Turkey at the time. Combine a diplomatic name charade and a couple of school buses for the Turkish military academy and the "school" became possible. These were the buses that we rode to and from school every day. It was a win-win situation for everyone. Year One (1954-1955) I was well into my 15th year when I came to Bolles. It was a right of passage of sorts as I never returned home in the true sense of returning my parent's home as a permanent residence. Although I had traveled and lived in the Far East and Middle East, I was a shy kid that made friends slowly and deliberately. I liked one-on-one talks and relating my adventures. Maybe I had the traits of a story teller. I had a good memory for details and could tell a story that people enjoyed listening to. My
strong suit was academics. I was a lousy athlete. Coach Garces gave me a D grade for physical education. It was the only marginal grade I received in two years. I was irritated at the time because it was not my fault that I was not a jock. But that was life. I was still sorting out my social skills of which dancing was not one of the highlights. More on this later.
I was one of the faux "foreign students" at Bolles. At the time we had a number of real foreign students from Cuba, Dominica and Venezuela. I was a half-breed foreign student, American but with family overseas. This made it tough to find a place to go during the long holidays. Fortunately, many families of the cadets had pity and opened their homes to me as a foreign waif with no place to go for the holidays. Major and Mrs. Bradly were my sponsors. They fully expected to get some Turkish kid and may have been disappointed by this American showing up. However, over the next two years they cast a watchful eye over me,and I always knew they were someone I could go to. I always appreciated it and probably did-not express it to them adequately.
My first year I was in B Company. I roomed with Fred Courington in Room 306 - top floor river-front view. Fred, as the old boy, got the bottom bunk and I got the top. I never told him but it is easier to make up the top bunk than the bottom. We got along well and Fred took charge of his ward and made sure I learned the ropes quickly. Our room was on the River side so we enjoyed the view across the St Johns River. It also may have been a bit cooler since, if there was a breeze, we benefited. Seniors Willy Towles (from Wilmington, N.C.) and Fred Harrell (from Jacksonville) roomed next door. That was the side with the adjoining door that would 158
not open but had a hole for the door knob assembly. It served as a way to pass messages between rooms during study hall. On the other side was a fellow named Mendenhall (I think). His claim to fame was that he had an early copy of a 45 RPM recording of "Shake, Rattle and Roll" by Bill Haley and His Comets. It was played ad nauseum. This was the beginning of the rock and roll era. I had no problem adjusting to the military life style. I was fascinated by things naval and previously had read extensively about naval history. The NCOs in the Naval Unit were surprised how much I knew about US naval history. I was disappointed at the lack of depth of the naval honor program. There did not seem to be much substance for the non-Seniors. The seniors played with the converted lifeboat dubbed the "B-1". Drill became fun after mastering the moves. It must have stuck as later I was a member of the Tulane University NROTC Crack Drill Team during my college freshman year. I loved the Springfield '03 rifle that we used for drill. It was so well balanced for manual of arms drill. Before I retired from the Air Force, I attended a formal affair at the Fort Meyer Officer's Club. Before the festivities, I visited with the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard who used the Springfield as their weapon. I asked one of the guards if I could visit with his weapon for a bit of nostalgia. After he agreed, I cleared the weapon (he was impressed). Then I did a credible manual of arms for which I got good marks from the entire honor guard. I can imagine the barracks talk about this Colonel in his formal uniform doing the manual of arms in the Bolling AFB Club - and he knew what he was doing!
Back to Bolles where it began. my first year, I was in Taylor Jones' squad. He had an interesting sarcastic way of 159
doing inspections, but if you did not take it too seriously there was no problem. The people in the squad, as I remember, included Jim Honey, Lance Ringhaver and a guy named Jim from New England. He was at Bolles only one year. The evening formations were always impressive to me. My mind goes back to the U shaped formation around the flagpole at Retreat like it happened last evening. The twin roads up to Bolles Hall from the San Jose highway were most impressive. It is a shame that beauty was sacrificed in later years in the name of progress.
Junior year academics were challenging but not really difficult. I already had my language requirement so I avoided the Hochheim charm school of Latin or German. LGDR--Nelimark's attempt to teach Solid Geometry and Trigonometry were disappointing. I knew I was not that dumb even though math was not my better subject. He did-me no favors in the long haul..I would have traded a pound of his classroom antics for an ounce of good instruction. Capt Love's Chemistry class was challenging due to the memorization required. Although I did not know what it was, I experienced my first taste of what they now call attention deficit syndrome (ADS) during some of the Bolles classes. It took 50 years for me to realize there was a real problem lurking over and above the normal youthful dawdling. And then there was Junior English with Captain McClure. We learned how to write effectively, spell well, use good grammar, and read the classics, despite our desires not to any of them. God Bless him. This class (and his Senior class) did more for my life and career than all of the rest combined. I don't have the grades, but I believe I did tolerably well.
Dorm life was a rhythm. Once you learned the routine and the 160
timing things went well. When the rhythm was upset then events did not go as well. Events happened on certain days, such as laundry. You would take your laundry bag out to the laundry truck on the appointed day (Monday?). The laundry bag would be checked in by the night watchman named Spook. Never knew his real name. A few days later (Thursday?) the laundry returned on schedule. Another assembly as your laundry packet was tossed out to you as your name was called. I always had heavy starch in my gray shirts as they lasted longer that way. Loved it then. This love disappeared with the introduction of the Air Force permanent press uniforms. Now I don't know or care what a starched shirt is. Believe it or not, I still have one of the Bolles laundry bags. Meals were served at the same time with the same routine day in and day out. The main change in the dining hall was when they moved you around from table to table. No one ever liked to be in the annex as it took longer to get your food and fewer opportunities for seconds. Meals could be fun depending upon your table head. This was a cadet officer or a faculty member. Some of the cadet officers could be jerks but the faculty members were OK. Each end of the table had this table head with about six or so cadets as part of his serving group. One person was designated as server. He went to the kitchen to get the food and bring it back to the table. Often this required two trips. High value items such as the meat dish sometimes were available as seconds if the server could get back to the kitchen quickly. Often the server did not eat well. You always tried to get under the wire when Taylor, the chief of the kitchen, would announce "No Mo Meat". The routines were stressful. The more relaxed schedule on the weekends helped us to recharge our batteries for the next week. But even weekends were a routine of sorts. A typical weekend my first year was a Saturday morning bus ride to 161
downtown Jacksonville in the blue Bolles Bus with "Colonel Weaver" at the wheel. There were designated drop off and pick up places downtown, at a park I think. Then a bit of shopping or just a walk around followed by lunch at a downtown Cafeteria whose name escapes me (Morrisons?). The food was always good because you selected it and it tasted different from Bolles food. After lunch you had time to take in a movie before catching the bus back to school. You had to be in uniform in town so one had to be on his best behavior. Sunday was church by bus unless you walked to the Episcopal Church across the street. If you were restricted, you did not go to town but maybe you could go to church. Your off campus movements were monitored using a pass system. Your pass had to be signed by the school leadership and you signed in and out. Again, another routine to perform but good people management, considering we were a long way from home. The first year holidays were the most difficult for me. I was a very lonely person during those times, but I never let on. Dances were held during the holiday periods and Mrs. Hooker was the cheerleader in everyone getting a date. Since I did not dance well, this was not a fun time as I did not like this pressured approach. Also, I knew few young ladies in the area as an out of towner. And one did not go to a Bolles dance with just anyone - youthful ego. LCDR Nelimark held a dance class in the gym on Saturday mornings in preparation. I took it. He was a better dance instructor than mathematics teacher. But the instruction really did not take. The dance after the dance classes resulted in a date with one of the girls from the class. I was actually excited about it. Bought an orchid for her. She fell ill with the flu and could not attend. Her dad came over,and I was able to take the flower to her at home. I expect she appreciated the flower more than she would 162
have liked my dancing. The dances were held in the Great Hall. It was always beautifully decorated. The room itself was a work of art, with painted wood throughout. This was one of the few times that the first year guys could go into that room except for guard duty. Over the year,I slowly advanced in cadet rank. From a slick sleeve to a Seaman Apprentice and then to a Seaman. The older first year guys were at a disadvantage because they had not been part of the Bolles family very long. Fred Courington had been at Bolles for many years and was a Petty Officer 2nd Class (I think). It was not a big thing but I always felt like a second class citizen as the firstâ€”year guy. Again, something that you did not talk about even with your friends. In retrospect, it did not mean a hill of beans, but at the time it seemed important. After the evening meal, the cadets had time to shine shoes and the like in preparation for the next day. Then came study hall. I believe it was 7:30 to 9:30. In your seats except for a break after the first hour. A faculty member was a hall monitor that periodically roamed the hall to ensure everyone was in their seats and studying. For the most part, Fred and I studied. There was some passing notes to Towles and Harrell through the door if it was a slow night. Never got caught out of my seat. It was not worth the crap one took if you were caught. After study hall there was about 30 minutes for showers or other business before lights out at 10 PM. Taps (recorded) was played and lights out. Into the bed and generally right to sleep.
Another new boy rule was that you could only use the front tower stairs. This meant it was longer to get to formations. This may have been for everyone but seniors. However,seniors could use the central stairs to the "Great 163
Room" but it may have been allowed for "old boys" also. Haircuts were by "Doc" the barber in the one seater shop behind the Smoking Lounge. Ah yes, the smoking lounge. This was the hang out before formations - assuming that your parents provided their written permission to smoke once you were 16 years old. When I reached 16, I hit my parents up for the permission which they reluctantly gave. My Dad gave up smoking in the 1930's and my Mom never smoked, so they were not easy to convince. I was straight with them. I did not care about the smoking part but I wanted the access to the Smoking Lounge. That they understood. They provided the permission and sent a mess of Turkish cigarettes for "the boys" to try. There was almost a riot when I handed them out. Turkish smokes are very aromatic and sometimes quite harsh. Some describe the odor of a pure Turkish
Bolles were not impressed with the odor nor the burning throat after effect. I did not like cigarettes and moved to a pipe. Believe I got to know Joe Rutter through this habit, as he was one of the few pipe smokers. I stuck with the pipe until I attended Armed Forces Staff College when I gave it all up.
Year Two (1955-1956) The senior year officer assignments and ranks came out at the end of our junior year. Fred Courington became C Company Commander as a Cadet Lieutenant. I joined him as a platoon leader with the rank of Cadet Chief Petty Officer. I believe this raised some eyes of the "old boys" that had been at Bolles for some years that a second-year guy moved up quickly. C'est la guerre. I was very proud. We were joined by Lyons Williams as a platoon leader and Bob Philbin as platoon leader/First Sergeant. As I remember C Company tripled in size with the day students, so that many cadet officers were warranted. 164
Our schedules totally changed as the overseers of the Junior cadets. No more military or naval training. I missed the latter. And our drill was opposite the upper school athletics, so we did not participate in those activities. That was fine with me since I was rotten in all sports. If you were not a jock in swimming, tennis or football you were not one of the team in the eyes of the Bolles coaches and maybe your peers. I was just as happy in this situation as my lack of sports prowess would not reflect in my grades. During my first year Capt Garces gave me the only D grade I ever got in school because I was not one of the jocks. I kidded him about it years later but it hurt at the time. As the fearsome foursome, we occupied the first left hand suite on the third floor on the C Company wing. We were part of the "administration" so we combined our own studies in the evening with monitoring our C Company boarders. Mrs. Searles was the house mother for part of the year before she retired. She was great with the junior cadets, some of whom got very homesick. The C Company officers were a combination of cadet leader, mentor, big brother, father confessor and surrogate mom all rolled up in one. As seniors our life was a bit less structured. We could meet in the Senior Circle in front of the main building and cross Bolles Hall without fear. We now sat at the head of the table in the dining hall and did not go to the kitchen for first or seconds. And we accepted the salutes rather than rendering them, except for school adult leadership of course. My sights were still on the Naval Academy but my options were closing. Math test scores were not good enough on the entrance exams and political pull was nil. This was a stressful negative undercurrent to my studies. Studies were going well however. Lt. Col. Ball steeped 165
us in American History) and Mr. Jess Armstrong confused us with the mysteries of Physics. Capt Nall endeavored to make higher mathematics understandable. Although we thought our right of passage was completed as juniors, Capt McClure moved with us to Senior English. Though I did not realize it at the time, two years of study with Capt McClure was the greatest gift Bolles provided to me. This year I got to know Joe Rutter rather well. He was part of the Battalion staff. Joe was from Daytona Beach and was allowed to bring his car to school for transport to and from home. I spent a number of weekends and holidays with him and his family. We even did a midnight round or two on the developing Daytona Speedway track in his 1948 Chevrolet convertible. Storm clouds were gathering over the Bolles Battalion. A number of our guys got involved downtown and subsequently were demoted from their jobs and rank. Fred Courington became Acting Battalion Commander and I moved to the acting C Company Commander. These positions lasted for the remainder of the school year. I became a Cadet Ensign and then a Cadet Lieutenant (jg) commensurate with the "increased responsibility". Social life improved also as I "found" a girl friend. Fortunately, it was close enough to the end of school that my grades did not suffer. And the dances were more fun. Graduation day came to the River Front. The Class_of 1956 had made it. I received my "recognized" diploma that was the reason I came to Bolles in the first place. I was selected for National Honor Society (Alpha Society?) and was awarded the 1956 Honor and Integrity Medal. The latter was a total surprise and I was humbled for the honor. My parents could not make my graduation. My girl friend's parents attended in their place. 166
I was disappointed when the Trustees changed the school from its military format. I believe I understood the reasons for their decision but it did not make the acceptance any easier. One of the benefits that Bolles provided in addition to academics was discipline. I do not believe that this could be instilled in a civilian environment to the degree we had at Bolles. I valued that order and discipline learned and reinforced at Bolles, especially when I chose the Armed Forces as my first vocation. Post Script. I never went to the Naval Academy, nor do I regret it now. I attended Tulane University for one year and convinced myself I would never be an engineer nor an Annapolis graduate. I received a Bachelor Degree in History from Huntington College in Montgomery Alabama. I continued my education at the urging of my parents at Columbia University where I received a Master of International Affairs degree in 1962. I know that the Bolles experience assisted in my acceptance and success at this prestigious university. After graduation, I joined the Air Force and became a Second Lieutenant soon after the Cuban Missile Crisis. For the next 26 years I served in operations, plans and intelligence assignments. In late 1988, I retired as a Colonel from Headquarters, US Air Force, where I served as USAF Director of Targeting. At my 20th reunion, Major Hooker asked Major Lee if the Bolles training really was useful. I looked him straight in the eye and said "Sir, it made all the difference." Major Hooker's face shown with his signature smile as he said, "I'm happy to hear that."
Biography UNITED STATES AIR FORCE
MAJOR GENERAL DeWITT R.SEARLES Major General DeWitt R. Searles is the Deputy Inspector General of the United States Air Force. The Inspector General provides the Secretary of the Air Force and the Chief of Staff an evaluation, through inspections, of the effectiveness of U.S. Air Force units, and he monitors worldwide safety policies and programs in the interest of accident prevention. He also directs the U.S. Air Force counterintelligence program and is responsible for security policy and criminal investigation within the Air Force. General Searles was born in Birmingham, Ala., on Aug. 7, 1920, and was graduated from The Bolles School, Jacksonville, Florida, in 1939. He enlisted in the aviation cadet program and completed Army Air Forces flying school training in 1943 with a commission as a second lieutenant and his pilot wings. During World War II, he served with the Far East Air Forces in the Pacific Theater of Operations where he flew 269 combat missions against the Japanese. He completed a total of 680 combat hours in P47 Thunderbolt and P 51 Mustang aircraft in air operations over New Guinea and the Philippines. In 1945 he attended the Army Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kans. From August 1945 to July 1947, he served as pilot and adjutant of the 362d Fighter Group at Biggs Field, Tex., and Shaw Field, S.C. He entered the University of Maryland at College Park, Md., under the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) program and received his bachelor of arts degree in journalism in 1949.
In July 1949 General Searles was assigned to the Office of Public Information, Office of the Secretary of Defense, in Washington, D.C., and in 1951 he became Chief of the Air Force Press Desk in that office. In January 1953 he was transferred to Eglin Air force Base, Fla., to become Chief of the Office of Information Services of the Air Proving Ground Command. From August 1955 to July 1956, he attended the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., and then was sent to Williams Air Force Base, Ariz., and Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., for advanced training in the F-86 Sabre and the F-100 Super Sabre. General Searles went to Misawa Air Base, Japan, in May 1957 to assume duties as Executive Officer of the 49th Fighter Bomber Wing. When the wing was deactivated, he was transferred to Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, and assigned as Commander, 12th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 18th Tactical Fighter Wing. In July 1958 he was appointed Director of Operations for the 18th Tactical Fighter Wing and in this position led the wing Fighter Weapons Team to victory in the Pacific Air Forces Fighter Weapons Meet. He later was captain of the team when it placed third in the Air Force-wide Fighter Weapons Meet at Nellis Air Force Base in competition against the best teams from Europe and the United States. In June 1959 he became Director of Operations of the 3l3th Air Division at Kadena Air Base. General Searles was transferred to Headquarters U.S. Air Force in Washington, D.C., in July 1960 and was assigned to the Allocations Division of the Directorate of Operations. He attended the 1963-1964 class of the National War College and concurrently attended off-duty classes at The George Washington University. After graduating from the National War College in July, 1964, he received a master of arts degree in international affairs from The George Washington University. General Searles was assigned in July 1964 to the 81st Tactical Fighter Wing at RAF Bentwaters, England, as Vice Commander, and in July 1965 became Commander. He served as Inspector General, Tactical Air Command, at Langley Air Force Base, Va., from August 1967 until June 1969. He then assumed duties as Commander, 327th Air Division, Pacific Air Forces, and Chief, Air Section, Military Assistance Advisory Group, (MAAG), Republic of China, with headquarters at Taipei, Taiwan. In July 1971 he became Deputy Commander, Seventh/Thirteenth Air Force, Thailand, with headquarters at Udorn Airfield, Thailand. Following his assignment in Thailand, General Searles was assigned as Deputy Inspector General, United State Air Force, in October, 1972. His military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with six oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Distinguished Unit Citation Emblem with one oak leaf cluster. He is a command pilot.
General Searles is married to the former Barbara Elizabeth Brown of Washington, D.C. They have two daughters and one son: Ann Hampton, DeWitt Richard III, and Elizabeth Alison. His hometown is Jacksonville, Fla. He was promoted to the grade of Major General effective Feb. 26, 1971, with date of rank Oct. 14, 1966. (Current as of May l, 1973)
Colonel Avery Chenoweth, Sr. 1946
Colonel Joseph Kittinger, 1946
KITTINGER '46 RECEIVES REGISTER AWARD AT GRADUATION On behalf of The Bolles School Board of Trustees, Chairman of the Board, P. Jeremy Smith, proudly announced the Sidney W. Register Award, presented here by Dr. John E. Trainer, Jr., President and Head of School, to Colonel Joseph W. Kittinger, 1946, during this yearâ€™s graduation, 2010. In the spring of 1933, Sidney W. Register, Sr. received the very first Bolles diploma at a modest ceremony in the School's mess hall. Since then, over 8,500 graduates have been awarded Bolles diplomas. Although many things at Bolles have changed in the time between the first and today's 78th commencement exercises, the tradition of alumni support for the School has not. The Sidney W. Register, Sr. Memorial Award was established to honor and recognize an outstanding and distinguished alumnus of the School. It is presented each year during the commencement exercises and is recognized as the highest honor which can be bestowed upon an alumnus. This year, the School honored Joe Kittinger, an alumnus from the class of 1946, who has achieved remarkable career success, undertaken an array of civic endeavors, and exemplified extraordinary courage, vision and dedication while serving his country and his fellow man. Kittinger entered Bolles in 1942 as a ninth grade boarding student from Orlando. While a student here he played trombone in both the marching band and the dance band "Stardusters"; served on the Athletic Council and on the staff of the Bugle and the Eagle. Upon graduating from Bolles he attended the University of Florida. In 1949 he enlisted in the United States air force to serve his nation and to fulfill his life-long dream of becoming a pilot. This career move led him to become involved in the burgeoning American space program, which is where he found his greatest successes and adventures. On August 16, 1960, wearing a prototype NASA space suit, he rose above the New Mexico desert in the open gondola of a giant balloon for 90 minutes. Three minutes after reaching his final altitude of 102,800 feet â€” the first human ever to reach an altitude of almost 20 miles above solid ground -- he jumped. He plummeted the first 90,000 feet in a free fall that lasted over four and one-half minutes as he traveled at speeds reaching 714 miles per hour until at 12,000 feet his parachute opened. From that altitude he floated safely back to the New Mexico desert in a time just over 12 minutes. His successful undertaking of the project dubbed Excelsior, a term he learned in Latin class at Bolles, set the world record for the highest jump ever performed by man, which still stands today and also set the stage for future space exploration. 188
Following his jump from beyond the earth's atmosphere, he served three combat tours in Vietnam where his plane was shot down near Hanoi and he was taken as a prisoner of war. His decorated military career may have ended with his retirement in 1978 but his love of flying and his sense of adventure did not. In September of 1984 he performed the first solo balloon flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Taking off from the coast of Maine he spent 84 hours in the gondola of a balloon traveling at altitudes between 18,000 and 22,000 feet. 3,542 miles later he successfully touched down near Genoa, Italy having also set the world record for the longest flight ever made by a single balloonist. His unmatched accomplishments as a space pioneer have certainly earned him induction into the National Aviation Hall of Fame and a permanent place in the archives of space exploration. We are indeed privileged to have an alumnus of this caliber within the Bolles community and it is our great pleasure to present this year's Sidney W. Register, Sr. Memorial Award to Colonel Joseph W. Kittinger, Class of 1946.
Colonel Wilber C. Trafton, 1962
Barlow ’07 Selected as Brigade Commander
After earning valedictorian honors, an appointment to the United States Naval Academy, a state title with the girls’ cross country team, among several other achievements in her time at Bolles, alumna Caroline Barlow ’07 continues to achieve success at the collegiate level. Barlow, finishing her third year at the Naval Academy, has been selected as Brigade Commander for the upcoming fall semester. Brigade Commander is the highest leadership position at the Naval Academy, leading the 4,400 member Brigade of Midshipmen during formal parades and when the Brigade marches into Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for home football games. Barlow underwent rigorous interviews with Navy and Marine officers to earn the position. An Oceanography honors major at the Naval Academy, Barlow was also recently selected to attend the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Undergraduate Leadership Workshop. Barlow will represent one of twenty college students selected from across the country to attend NCAR’s 2010 workshop in Boulder, Colorado, June 14-18.