Ohio University - Athena Yearbook (Athens, OH)

 - Class of 1945

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DEAN OF WOMEN. ..IRMA E. VOIGT At the beginning of the fall semester, Dean Irma E. Voigt issued a challenge to Ohio University women. She said, " You are shaping as well as maintaining the standard of college life to which many of our soldiers will return. Your un- flinching devotion to duty and standard now will determine in large measure the attitude of young men who have matured beyond their years on the battle- field. " With this statement, Dean Voigt reaffirmed her faith in the women of Ohio University, whose far-sighted and understanding leader she has been for thirty-one years. Active in campus life, Dean Voigt serves as adviser to such organizations as Campus Affairs Committee, Student Council, Campus Religious Council, Women ' s League, YWCA, Red Cross, Kappa Delta Pi, Mortar Board, Panhellenic Council, Phoenix, and Alpha Lambda Delta. From her McGuffey Hall office, she directs the welfare of women students on campus, helps initiate social functions and establish traditions, holds seminars for graduate students interested in aca- demic work, plans for her classes in College Problems, and takes a vital part in all Ohio University undertakings generally. Though her leisure hours are few. Dean Voigt delights in needlework, read- ing, and bridge. Her pleasant home on Park Place is the scene of numerous campus gatherings, and her famous dog, Lady, the favorite individuality of most of OU ' s population. 12

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^L ^1 1 1 PRESIDENT IOHN C. BAKER... The fourteenth president of Ohio University, Dr. John C. Baker, took office in February ,1945, succeeding Dr. Walter S. Gamertsfelder, who had filled the ex- ecutive position during the trying year of 1944. With 20 years at Harvard Business School behind him, Dr. Baker was well- fitted to assume the leadership of Ohio University. A happy combination of a hard head and a warm heart, he quickly made friends of the student body as well as his faculty co-workers. Several receptions, teas, and dinner parties in Dr. Baker ' s honor were held by various campus organizations throughout the beginning of the second semester, and on March 8, 1945, the new president spoke at his first Ohio University convocation. Before assuming the Ohio University presidency, Dr. Baker ' s activities spread over many fields. Research, writing, a trusteeship at Junior College, which conferred on him an L. L. D. in 1943, and at the Boston School of Occupational Therapy, a directorship of the National Blank Book Company, and the presi- dency of the Avon Home of Caimbridge all showed the rare administrative abil- ity of OU ' s new president. The entire campus extends its heartiest congratulations to President John C. Baker, promising him all the cooperation and assistance worthy of a fine leader and a good friend. 11

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ACTING DEAN OF MEN.. .PHILIP L PETERSON When Dean of Men Lawrence W. Lange was granted a leave of absence from Ohio University at the end of the spring term of 1944, to serve as Lieutenant (j.g.) Lange of the United States Navy, Philip L. Peterson, then assistant dean, took over the responsibilities of the office in Cutler Hall to become Ohio University ' s Acting Dean of Men. With good grace, a sense of humor, and a likeable person- ality, Acting Dean Peterson quickly adapted himself to the duties of his calling throughout the first crucial year, helping to maintain the standards of wise leadership and understanding guidance which are characteristic of all OU leaders. As an assistant professor of voice, and director of Men ' s Glee Club as well, Dean Peterson divides his time between Cutler Hall and Music Hall, easily admitting that sometimes he " gets confused. " To his music students, " Pets " represents the finest in musical pedagogy; his ready smile and quiet encourage- ment are eagerly courted by sopranos, tenors, and baritones alike. To his College Problems class, " Pete " is a " good guy " and an equally fine teacher. Himself a singer of no mean talent, Dean Pet erson led the student body in community vocalizing at several Grill Nights, at convocations, and during the all-campus carolling session before Christmas vacation.

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