This photo to me is the culminating event of my time here in the Archives and Special Collections, all of these people have been haunting me-in a good way-all summer. Whether it is Beth Lund-Miss Young Republican 1955-or Ramona Memmer-active student all around campus-these people have been in my life for the past few months; their faces and hairlines etched into my memory. All of these people are part of the ‘Who’s Who in American Colleges,’


                   Left to right: Back row: Thomas R. Lehnert, Kay Kiel, Charles Burns, Beth Lund, Ann Louise Shaw, Lavon Mickelson, Bill Rawlings, Fred Rovere, Jim Rath, Mary McKeon, William Brady. Front row: Singrid Anderson, Bruce Lushbough, Ramona Memmer, Frank Meyers, Marilyn Hobbs, Jane Mumford, Richard ‘Dick’ Chaussee, Walborg Olsen, Cholice ‘Jackie’ Pier.

“Twenty-two deserving USD seniors were elected to be listed in this year’s volume of “Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.” Selected by a faculty and student committee, they were chosen for scholastic attainment and participation in campus activities. The names of these seniors-eleven men and eleven women-were sent in to the national office of “Who’s Who,” where they were included in the 1955 edition of this publication.” -1955 Coyote

These people have come to mean something to me in my time working here, despite having attended USD in the 1950’s, I feel a kinship to these people as a fellow USD student. Despite my life now in 2014 being incredibly different than their life was in 1954, I feel that these people have become part of my life over the past few months and I feel like I know them in some way.

As summer 2014 comes to a close, I find myself feeling nostalgic for my summer spent with these people.

Happy identifying,



jane2Jane Mumford


Walborg M. Olsen


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Fred Rovere




Who Wants a Coyote?

Anybody want a coyote?

A well-tamed pet coyote can be had for the asking, if some one from the University is willing to give it a home. The present owner lives in Irene, S.D., and desires to give his pet to someone who will appreciate it. Naturally, he thought of the University students first.

Notice of the proposed gift was received last week by S. W. (Steve) Jones, director of public relations, from Marvin Fjordback, publisher of the Tri-County News at Irene. In a phone call to Jones, Fjordback said that a man at Irene had raised the animal from a pup, but could no longer keep him.

Fjordback suggested that possibly some of the University organizations might appreciate having the coyote and the owner readily agreed.

Anyone interested in having the coyote is asked to get in touch with Fjordback in Irene.

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Robert Curry



Robert Curry poses for his football portrait circa 1954.


Arthur H. Whittemore and Jack Lowe

Arthur H. Whittemore and Jack Lowe

During the 1940s to the 1960s, Vermillion hosted a vibrant set of concerts sponsored by the Vermillion Community Artists’ Series. The following description is from one of its programs:

“The annual concert program was inaugurated in 1947 when Arthur H. Whittemore and Jack Lowe, duo-pianists, presented a concert to establish the A. H. Whittemore Memorial fund. This fund has contributed to the financial support of the series.”

“The concerts each year have been made possible and will continue to be made possible by subscriptions of sponsors, season memberships by University students and residents of Vermillion and this area who recognize, appreciate, and enjoy fine music.”

Programs for this series are in the Edward Charles Ehrensperger papers. Please contact the Archives and Special Collections if you would like a list of the programs. The picture of Whittemore and Lowe is from the 1949 Coyote yearbook.


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