The Faculty


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W.R. Davis

Acting Director in the fall, William Rees Davis, Mary A Denny Professor of English; A.B. Ripon College; A.M. Harvard; started at Whitman in 1913. Dean in 1930.


Description: Description: 1945-46 Ray Keesey

Ray Keesey, A.M. Assistant Professor of English; A.B., A.M., Ohio University; Ohio State University; becomes the director in December.

Description: Description: 1945-46 Thomas Howells

Thomas Howells, English


Description: Description: 1945-46 Viola Dunbar

Viola Dunbar, English


Description: Description: 1945-46 Edith Dunbar

Edith Blackman Merrell Davis, A.B. (Mrs.) Assistant Professor English, A.B. Ripon College; started in the English department in 1924 (she taught Latin as an instructor prior to that); on leave of absence during 1944; she finishes in 1946 or 1947.


Whitman News

Prizes awarded at this time

The John Brining Prizes in Extemporaneous Speaking of $12.50 each are awarded to the best man and woman speakers in a speaking contest that is open to all members of the freshman class.


The Delta Gamma Reading Prizes of $25, $15, and $10 are awarded at Commencement to the students who read during the year with intelligence and appreciation the largest amount of good literature, apart from their required college work.


The Dovell-Gose Prizes in Oratory of $30 and $20 are awarded at Commencement to students upon the basis of a contest in oratory. The contest is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.


The Austin Rice Debate Trophy is awarded to the champion women's intramural debate team.


The John W. Ackley Debate Trophy is awarded to the champion men's intramural debate team.


The Hugh Elmer Brown Debate Trophy is awarded to the man who is adjudged to be the best intramural debater.


Description: Description: 1945-46 Delta Sigma Rho


Description: Description: 1945-46 Varsity Debate


Speech Courses within the English Department

ENGLISH 1 or 2. Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. An introduction to the English department basics course.

ENGLISH 15 or 16. Orientation and Speaking, A public speaking course with a diction emphasis.

ENGLISH 27. Reading Aloud.

ENGLISH 29. Theory and Practice of Discussion.

ENGLISH 46. Oral Interpretation.

ENGLISH 47. Argumentation and Debate.

ENGLISH 56. Public Speaking.

ENGLISH 57-58. Dramatic Interpretation

ENGLISH 73-74. Radio Speech

ENGLISH 75 or 76. Advanced Public Speaking.



Freshman Requirement

1. READING. WRITING. LISTENING. SPEAKING 3 hours, each semester.

2. E. B. M. Davis. W. R. Davis. Dunbar. Howells. Jackson. Keesey

These courses aim to enable a freshman to improve his ability to listen, to read rapidly and well, to enlarge his vocabulary, to speak and to Write clearly, effectively, and acceptably. At the beginning of the year standard tests are used in vocabulary, in reading, and in English usage to indicate individual deficiencies, and at the end of the year other forms of these same tests are used to measure individual improvement.

The freshman class is organized into two groups. In Group A, training in writing is emphasized in the first semester and training in speaking in the second. In Group B. speaking is emphasized in the first semester and writing in the second. Attention to listening, vocabulary, and reading continues in all sections throughout the year. Sections in which speaking is emphasized are limited to twenty students. In the sections in which writing is emphasized a student brings his work to a personal conference with his instructor each week. The subjects discussed relate closely to the student’s interests and experience, and the discussions in both speaking and writing sections assist a freshman to get his bearings as a college student and to improve his personal equipment to pursue college studies with purpose and with success.

Students who are deficient in their written and spoken English are required to do special work without extra credit in connection with Course I.


Courses in Speech and Dramatic Art

27. READING ALOUD.                                  2 hours, one semester. E. B. M. Davis

A course aiming to develop the ability of the individual to get the full meaning from the printed page and to give that meaning to the hearer.


29. THEORY AND PRACTICE OF DISCUSSION.                             2 or 3 hours, one semester.         Keesey

The theory and the practice of informal group discussion, panel discussion the symposium. end the forum. Current problems are studied through discussion techniques.


45. ORAL INTERPRETATION.                      2 hours, one semester. E. B. M. Davis

This course aims to develop ability to read aloud and to gain through ~ interpretation an appreciation of literature. Attention is given to voice training.


47. ARGUMENTATION AND DEBATE.                 3 hours, one semester.    Keesey

A study of principles of argumentative discourse and readings in curia social, economic, and political questions. Constant speaking before the class is used to illustrate application of the principles studied to discussion of problems in the field of reading.


56. PUBLIC SPEAKING.                                        3 hours, one semester.    Keesey

A study of the elements of effective public speaking with frequent practice speaking before the class. Standards of vocal habits, of delivery, of diction, and pronunciation are stressed. Minimum registration ten; maximum registration twenty.



2 hours. 1st semesters 3 hours. 2nd semester. E. 3.14. Instruction and practice in dramatic interpretation followed by experiences with problems of play production through public performance of several plays. Consideration is given to scene design, stage lighting, costuming, and directing.


73. 74. RADIO SPEECH. 1 or 2 hours, each semester. lees Training in radio speech and in program planning and directing, together with actual experience in broadcasting. Open to qualified juniors and seniors who have had training in at least one course numbered 27, 29, 45, 47, 56, or 57.58.


75. 76. ADVANCED PUBLIC SPEAKING. 1 or 2 hours, each

Training in debate, oratory, and extempore speaking. Open of instructor to juniors and seniors who have had training in at least five hours Courses 45, 47, 56.


77 78. Advanced Play production. 1 or 2 hours each semester. E.B.M. Davis

A course providing experience in selecting plays, organizing play casts, and directing plays. Prerequisite: course 57-58. Open to qualified students with consent of instructor.


80 Remedial procedures in speech correction

3 hours one semester. Keesey

The purpose of this course is to acquaint students having no special training in speech correction of what they should, and should not, attempt in their desire to assist individuals with voice and speech disorders. Designed primarily for the prospective teacher.


The John Brining Prizes in Freshman Extemporaneous Speaking—

Shirley Jean Hayes

Henry Andrew Pappas


The Dovell-Gose Prizes in Oratory—

Ralph Emerson Breshears

George Lloyd Carlton


Description: Description: 1945-46 Harry Bragg




World News

·        “Yalta Conference (Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin) plans final defeat of Germany.”

·        FDR passes on April 12th

·        Hitler commits suicide on April 30th

·        Germany surrenders on May 7th

·        May 8th is declared V-E Day

·        “Potsdam Conference (Truman, Churchill, Stalin) establishes basis of German reconstruction”

·        U.S. drops atomic bombs on Japanese cities of Hiroshima (Aug. 6) and Nagasaki (Aug. 9).”

·        Japan signs official surrender on V-J Day (September 2.)

·        “United Nations established”

·        “First electronic computer, ENIAC, built.”


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Team Awards

I.                 Staff

A.     The team began the year without a coach. John Ackley went on leave of absence and then left for San Diego State the year after where he coached two NDT semi-finalists.

B.     Dean W. R. Davis served as the temporary debate coach.

C.    By December 13, Ray Keesey was the debate coach.

D.    Jean McDonald was the student debate manager.

II.               The debate topic was whether the federal government should direct its policy of free trade among all nations.

III.              Intramural and underclass tournaments were dropped for the year in order to concentrate on varsity debate at the Linfield tournament. First year students were, however, allowed to try out for varsity debate.

IV.             Intercollegiate debate

A.     At Washington State College in Pullman on December 13, Patty Latourette and Emily Stanton, and Phyllis Garrison and June McMullen competed. Latourette and Stanton’s third round was broadcast on W. S. C. radio. Garrison and McMullen had a 3-8 record.

B.     December 7 and 8, Whitman competed against Washington State College and the University of Idaho in the men’s and women’s triangular debates. Whitties competing were Stanton, Latourette, McMullen, Garrison, Willetta Walkey, McDonald, Ralph Breshears, Bill Lake, and Rod Weeks.

C.    On January 31 at Linfield, the team debated labor problems in the U. S. Latourette and Stanton, and McMullen and Garrison competed in the upper division. Elizabeth Franklin and Marguerite Anderson, and Clarence Campbell and Clayton Michaelis competed in the lower division. Whitman lost the previous year’s record to Linfield.

November 8 – first debate contest of the year

            varsity debaters go to Pullman to compete against Washington State

            Topic: whether the federal government should direct its policy of free trade among all nations

                        Patty Latourette and Emily Stanton (3rd round broadcast on W.S.C. radio)

                        Phyllis Garrison and June Mac Mullen

            No forensic coach at this time (although W.R. Davis was serving as advisor)

            Intramural debate cancelled until after Pullman tournament


December 7&8 – women’s and men’s triangular debate tournament

Temporary debate coach: Dean W.R. Davis

Competing schools: Whitman, Washington State and University of Idaho

Students entered:

                        Emily Stanton

                        Pat Latourette

                        June McMullen

                        Phyllis Garrison

                        Willetta Walkey

                        Jean McDonald (student debate manager)

                        Ralph Bresheus

                        Bill Lake

                        Rod Weeks


December 13, 1945

            new debate coach: Ray Keesey

            Pullman meet results: Phyllis Garrison and June McMullen went 3-8

            Intramurals dropped: intramurals and underclass tournaments dropped this year to concentrate on varsity debate at the Linfield tournament. Freshmen can try out for varsity debate.


January 31, 1946

            Debate Teams:

            Upper Division:

                        1. Patty Latourette and Emily Garrison

                        2. June McMullen and Phyllis Garrison

            Lower Division:

                        1. Elizabeth Franklin and Marguerite Anderson

                        2. Clarence Campbell and Clayton Michaelis

Proposition: RESOLVED: That the policy of the United States should be directed toward the establishment of free trade among the nations of the world.

            Whitman lost previous year’s record to Linfield