A Clarkson Mosaic - page 142

The fourth
came out-—the first one devoted to seniors; previous
yearbooks had covered two classes and had appeared every other year.
In June, the College awarded 75 degrees: 65 BS, two MS, and five engineer degrees.
Among the graduates was Charles Clarridge, who enrolled for his MS degree which he earned
in 1931, and then joined the faculty of civil engineering; he taught here for 42 years before his
retirement in 1973. A degree in chemistry was instituted with its first candidates graduating in
With the fall registration of 416, Clarkson returned to a schedule of two semesters
instead of three terms.
On the Hill.
With the anticipated increase in the endowment from the will of Miss Annie who
had died in 1929, the Trustees authorized a brochure to be prepared for the planned Clarkson
On The Hill, using the services of architect Dwight Baum; it appeared (undated) around 1931.
One section discussed the Resources and Program of the College and explained that for years
the endowment had been less than $300,000, most of which had been donated by the members
of the Clarkson family. Then, a five-year drive begun in 1921 resulted in raising it to $657,000.
On Miss Annie Clarkson's death, the College received her estate (See 1929) and decided
to use it for the move. The Board agreed that $300,000 was to be used for building purposes,
and the rest to remain as permanent endowment. By this bequest, the endowment totaled about
$1.5 million dollars, believed to be an amount adequate to maintain the College if no further
demands were made on it for buildings or other purposes.
In addition to that $300,000 set aside for buildings, a friend of the College promised
$100,000 more as soon as ground was broken, and another friend, it was hoped, would pay for
another building. In all, $700,000 was available for erecting a new campus, the total cost of
which was projected to be about $1,935,000. Designed in a Greek Revival adoption of the
Georgian Colonial style, these buildings were to resemble those built by many of the most
important Universities and Colleges: Harvard, Dartmouth, Brown, University of Virginia, and
many others, and being planned for Hartwick and Wells Colleges in New York State.
Regrettably, before any action could be taken, the worsening financial conditions in the
country prevented these dreams from materializing.
Jess Davis.
Hired as an instructor in mechanical engineering, Jess Davis, later President Davis,
was indoctrinated to Clarkson by the ME students during the 24-hour boiler efficiency tests that
ran every year in Old Main.
Alumnus Band Leader.
Merle Johnson '21 and his famous orchestra returned to Clarkson in
January to play for the Junior Prom. He was a famous radio star and was considered to be the
best saxophonist in the United States. He broadcast with the Ipana Troubadours, Cliquot
Eskimos, Champion Sparkers, and many other noted orchestras.
Cornell-CCT Football.
Cornell walloped Clarkson in football on September 27 by a score of
66-0 at Schoelkopf Field, Ithaca. Clarkson was outclassed in every department of play.
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