The Faculty


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Lloyd Robert Newcomer, A.M. Assistant Professor of English; Northern Illinois State Teachers College; Iowa University; A.B. University of Wyoming; A.M., University of Southern California. Joins the faculty in 1946.


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William Owen Pugh, A.M., Instructor in English, A.B., Whitman College; State University of Iowa; A.M., College of the Pacific; joins the faculty in 1946; teaches speech courses


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above Jackson and McHugh, English professors



Frederick James Hunter, A.M. Assistant Professor of English; Los Angeles City College; A.B. University of California; A.M., University of North Carolina; joins the faculty in 1946; teaches drama courses.



Whitman News


I.      Whitman College in 1946-1947

A.   The college added 15 new professors to the faculty.

1.     In the division of arts and letters Frederich J. Hunter, assistant professor of English, Lloyd R. Newcomer, assistant professor of English; William Pugh, instructor in English and public speaking; and Angelina Katlain,Spanish were added.

2.     James Gaff Sheldon was the new full-time counselor in religion under the Elbridge Amos and Mary Horner Stuart Fund.

3.     New to the division of social sciences were Dr. Egon E. Bergel, associate professor of sociology and economics; Robert C. Comegys, instructor in history and political science; and Dr. S. Kirson Weinberg, assistant professor of sociology.

4.     The division of basic sciences received Kirk Drumheller and Bob Howard, mathematics.

5.     The physical education department appointed Walter B. (Ben) Dobbs as assistant with football, instructor of physical education, and head basketball coach; and Miss Chole E. Yates as the women’s physical education instructor.

6.     Mrs. Mary Bower Highberg, teacher of piano and voice; and Miss Joyce McKay, teacher of piano, were added to the conservatory of music teaching staff.

B.    Angie Costello was the student body president.

C.    Winslow A. Anderson was the college president.

D.   Lloyd R. Newcomer was the debate coach.

E.    Don Travisnas was the men’s debate manager.

F.    Elizabeth Franklin was the women’s debate manager.

III. At Whitman College

            A. The big debate was over whether Greek organizations on a campus the size of Whitman was desirable.

            B. The Pioneer ran ads for Chesterfield cigarettes and the Union Pacific Railroad.

C. For women campus clothes were skirts -- especially kiltie and dirndle styles, sweaters, and blouses. Date clothes had lower necklines, fuller skirts, and were popular in sheer wool and black, although pastels and colors were becoming popular. For evening off-shoulder and strapless gowns were popular.


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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.


Speech Courses within the English Department

Remedial procedures class is added.

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 45. Oral Interpretation.

ENGLISH 47. Argumentation and Debate.

ENGLISH 56. Public Speaking.

ENGLISH 57-58. Dramatic Interpretation

ENGLISH 73-74. Radio Speech

ENGLISH 80. Remedial Procedures in Speech Correction.

ENGLISH 75 or 76. Advanced Public Speaking.




Freshman Requirements


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

(The Staff)

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. In Course 1, training in writing is emphasized and in Course 2 training in speaking is emphasized. Attention to listening, vocabulary, and reading continues throughout both courses. 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 success. Students who are deficient in their written and spoken English are required to do special work without extra credit in connection with Course 1.


5. IMPROVEMENT OF READING. 1 hour. one semester.     Jackson

This course is designed to train a student to read more rapidly and with better comprehension. The Harvard Visual Aid Reading Films are used and directed practice in reading is given. Required of freshmen who are deficient in reading as determined by diagnostic tests.


Courses in Speech and Dramatic Art


27. Reading Aloud 2 hours, one semester Newcomer

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.


28. Theory and Practice of Discussion 2 or 3 hours, one semester. Pugh

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


45. Oral interpretation 2 hours, one semester. Hunter This course aims to develop the ability to read aloud and to gain through oral interpretation an appreciation of literature. Attention is given to voice training.


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

A study of principles of argumentative discourse and readings in current 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. Newcomer

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. Hunter

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. Newcomer

            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 semester. Newcomer.

Training in debate, oratory, and extempore speaking. Open 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. Hunter

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. Newcomer, Pugh

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.



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The John Brining Prize in Freshman Extemporaneous Speaking—

Donald Robert Travis

Phyllis Anne Kidwell


The Delta Gamma Prizes in Acting, Creative Writing and Forensics—

Acting—Roy Donald Pierce

Creative Writing—Harold Grant Ogden

Forensics—Emily Elizabeth Stanton


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World News

I. In the world

A.   The U.S. and the Soviet Union had emerged from WWII as the major world powers and the U.S. was returning to normal after the war.

B.    In his State of the Union address, President Truman called for peace time conscription and then appointed an advisory committee to develop plans.

C.    The United Nations was a point of contention in both the U.S. and throughout the world.

D.   President Truman estimated that every man, woman, and child would have to chip in $268 if all citizens were to contribute equally to the $37,528,000,000 operating cost of the U.S.

E.    “First meeting of UN General Assembly opens in London

F.    “Winston Churchill's “Iron Curtain” speech warns of Soviet expansion”

G.   League of Nations dissolved”

H.   Italy abolishes monarchy”

I.      “Verdict in Nuremberg war trial: 12 Nazi leaders (including 1 tried in absentia) sentenced to hang; 7 imprisoned; 3 acquitted”

J.     “Goering commits suicide a few hours before 10 other Nazis are executed”

K.   “Juan Perón becomes president of Argentina

L.    “Benjamin Spock's childcare classic published Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care.


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The Hunter Conservatory covered in Ivy circa 1946-1947


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Team Awards


            Intramural Debate came back under the supervision of Elizabeth Franklin and Don Travis


IV. Debate at Whitman

A. The national intercollegiate debate topic was use for all intramural matches and for national competition.

B. In intramural debate the Phi Delta Theta team won the men's championship and the independent women won the women's championship.

C. Intercollegiate debate

1. Twenty-four colleges and 80 teams competed at the Western Association Forensics Tournament in San Jose, November 25-27. Varsity debaters Patty Latourette and Emily Stanton won 4th place, sweeping all six preliminary rounds. Whitman and CPS were the only Washington school at the meet. USC took 1st and 2nd place in sweeps.

2. The women's triangular tournament was held at Whitman in December, were for the first time in the tournament's history, all three schools tied for 1st place. Stanton and Latourette, and Phyllis Garrison and Louise Dekker competed for Whitman.

3. The men's triangular tournament was held in Pullman in December, where Whitman took 2nd place to the University of Idaho. Bill Downey and Keith Crosbie, and Don Seebart and Sam Farmer competed for Whitman.

4. Thirty-three schools attended Linfield's 17th annual tournament February 27-March 1. Garrison won 1st place in women's after dinner speaking and Charles Chalfant took 2nd place in one person debate. Oscar Seawell and Crosbie made it to finals out of a field of 60 in upper and lower division forum discussions before being eliminated. Other participants were Downey, Farmer, Charles Cone, Seebart, Dekker, and Shirley McCartney.

5. April 1-3, Seawell attended the Pacific Forensic League in Tuscon, Arizona where he was rated in the top five oratory speakers and was the chair of the contest symposium which discussed the question "What can be done to relieve the recurring tensions which arise in labor-management relations?" Symposium results were sent to congressional representatives of West Coast states as an indication of student opinions.

6. Downey, Dekker, Seawell, Farmer, and Seebart became new members of Delta Sigma Rho, a national forensics honorary, in April.

D. During the year about 13 students traveled with the team.