Gorham Normal School - Green and White Yearbook (Gorham, ME)

 - Class of 1940

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.qjean mellie gofzcfan NELLIE B. JORDAN "The heart to conceive, the understanding to direct, the hand to executef' Miss Jordan,s retirement this June is taking from us another of the Normal School's ad- ministrators whose ideals have helped make this school what it is today. For eighteen years Miss Jordan has played an important part in the daily life of the school as teacher and Dean of Women. Miss jordan was born in Chelsea, Massachu- settsg she received her elementary education in the schools there. She graduated from Gor- ham Normal School in 1901, did graduate work at both Harvard University and Boston Uni- versity, and received her Bachelor of Science degree from the latter in 1927. She taught in the elementary schools of South Portland and of Hingham, Massachusetts, for nearly ten years, was history instructor at Aroostook State Normal School, and was instructor of physical education in the State Department of Education before she became a member of the faculty here in 1922. Among the subjects she has taught here are English History, History Methods, Maine History, and Penmanship. -funius She has also been adviser of the House Com- mittee, has taken an important part in the annual May Ball plans, and this year has helped to organize the Walter E. Russell Chap- ter of the Future Teachers of America. She has also taken an active part in the life of the town as a member of the Annie Louise Carey Club and the Cosmopolitan Club and has been a loyal and helpful worker in the Methodist Church. Among her hobbies are photography, fishing and music, she is an accomplished pianist. She also enjoys travel and has been to Europe twice, once as hostess for a special excursion of Gor- ham alumnae. Perhaps we will remember her most, how- ever, for her friendly helpfulness, her quiet force and her dignity. All who have known her will agree with Dr. Russell in saying, 'll-ler leaving will be regretted not only by her fellow faculty members with whom she has cooper- ated so cordially all these years, but also by hosts of alumni who loolc upon her as a friendly teacher and wise counsellor."

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Qt. Waite? fgusself tant. Surely, this strong New Englander, has dedicated his life to generous and unselfish service, both in his profession and in the civic affairs of his community. The value of his early years of study and training must not be discounted. After attending Maine Wesleyan Seminary, he began to give serious thought to his choice of life work, which became teaching. Following his graduation from Wesleyan Uni- versity in Connecticut, he started his teaching career at Teachers Normal School in New Britain, Connecticut. His early years as a teacher at G. N. S. led him step by step to the position of principal. A Not the least of the many evidences of his good judgment is his choice of a helpmate, Winifred Stone, whom he married in 1896. In 1905, Dr. Russell became principal and the following year, the Russell family moved into the then newly erected principal's residence. The Russells have five children-Earle, Willis, Helen, Robert, and Celia. Who, of the hun- dreds of alumni of the school on the hill, does not recall with pleasure the many occasions upon which Mrs. Russell has added to the pleasure of the school's social events by her gracious presence? By virtue of her quiet dig- nity, she has endeared herself to the hearts of the many who have come in contact with her. Many interesting and difficult problems have presented themselves to Dr. Russell during his service here. These various experiences served to give him knowledge of the ever increasing theories of educational practices which have come before him during the last thirty-five years. In 1906, Dr. Russell assumed the position of principal, a position which by the very nature of the institution offered him the opportunity he desired-to serve youth. Under Dr. Russellis able administration, the school has grown and developed from a teach- ers' training school offering a two year course with an enrollment of ninety-eight to a state teachers' college with three hundred and seventy pupils. The school now offers four courses- kindergarten, general, junior high and indus- trial arts. Robie Hall, East Hall, the principalis residence, the Forge Shop, and Russell Hall, so fittingly named in his honor have been added to the now twenty-five acres of our beautiful campus. The number of faculty members has grown from nine to thirty-four. The period of practice teaching has been changed from a few weeks of part time training to eighteen weeks of full time training. An examination is now required for admission. Dr. Russell is a man of broad interests and tireless energy. In addition to his many school responsibilities, he has been very active in civic affairs. He is a member of the Methodist Church and of the board of trustees of the Gorham Savings Bank. He has been a past president of the Maine Teachers' Association and the Lions Club. His favorite sport is golf. Dr. Russell stands today at the very zenith of a highly successful career amid the respect and admiration of the men and women who know him for what he has done, what he is doing, and what he is. He stands before us exemplifying the virtues he has desired to in- still in the minds and hearts of the young people he has led-qualities which he has de- veloped from his own philosophies of life. Per- haps the stranger would see only his outward virtues-his quiet dignity, his cheerful opti- mism, ready wit and sincerity, but we who know him have been inspired by those deeper qualities and we honor him today as a man of vision, steadfast in his purposes and ideals, and to us all a guide, philosopher, and friend.



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Clifford o. .iz fuzeaeil CLIFFORD O. T. VVIEDEN At the end of the present school year, Mr. Wieden will sever his connection with the Gor- ham Normal School to become principal of the normal school at Presque Isle. During the sixteen years that Mr. Wieden has been an instructor, coach, athletic director, counselor, and friend at Gorham, he has con- tributed much of standing value for the beneht of the school as a teacher-preparatory insti- tution. Mr. Wieden was born in Wilmington, Dela- ware. When he was still young, his family moved to New Haven, Connecticut, where he began his elementary education. At the age of seven, he moved with his family to New Sweden, Maine. There he attended a rural school, and later' commuted to Caribou High School on the electric cars. He attended Colby College for one year and then transferred to Arcadia University in Nova Scotia. At Arcadia he majored in Biology and minored in Chemis- try. After receiving his B.S. degree from that school he became sub-master of Mapleton High School. He left Mapleton to come to Gorham. During his service here he has been furthering his own education by attending Bates College during the summer sessions, and there he earned his Master's Degree in Education. He has also earned credits toward his doctorate at Boston University, majoring in Educational Measurements and Social Sciences. This thorough training, together with six- teen years of service here at Gorham have placed him in an enviable position in the edu- cational field in Maine. Among the subjects he has taught here at Gorham are Economics, Sociology, Educational Measures, Political Sci- ence, and Introduction to Teaching. All of his classes have enjoyed his arguments, his inclina- tion toward statistical realities, his sly wit, and his invigorating manner. Besides his work in his classes, he has been coach of basketball, he has introduced and coached track, and has encouraged athletic com- petition between New England teacher training institutions. As athletic administrator, he has urged the adoption of a closer school-student financial cooperation in buying equipment. Cutside of his work here at Gorham, his talents as organizer and administrator have been recognized, he has been elected President of the New England Teachers' Athletic Con- ference and Secretary of the Western Maine Approved Basketball Officials. Mr. Wieden and Mrs. Wieden have taken an active part in the community life of Gor- ham. Mr. Wieden has been a past ofiicer in four lodges of the Masonic order, is a member of the Congregational Church, and has been interested in all town affairs. Mrs. Wieden is a member of the Eastern Star, has been Presi- dent of the Woman's Club, and has taken an active part in the Ladies' Circle, Cosmopolitan Club, Community Club, and Social Club. Gorham is going to miss Mr. Wieden greatly, but Presque Isle is benefiting by our loss. The whole school joins in wishing Mr. Wieden and his family best of luck in their future home!

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