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

 - Class of 1940

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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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