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There was a time way back in the Fall of nineteen-hundred and forty-three when a
group of bewildered homesick boys first saw the place they were to call home for the
next few years, a group of terra cotta colored buildings hidden behind a stately grove of
'T he first few weeks, and in fact the first several months, were a trying and never-to-
be-forgotten experience. In the beginning the class numbered twenty-three. Of this original
number twelve are of the group graduating. The class is the largest in the history of the
school and contains the largest number of students who have spent four years at Villanova.
As things began to settle down the class elected officers and with the establishment
of leadership immediately set out on a programme of activities that showed unity and
enthusiasm that has never flagged. This same spirit accounts for the genuine prominence
that the class has enjoyed in all school affairs from the beginning. It might be remarked
here that the wisdom of the selection of officers originally has paid off and some of the
original group of selectees are still enjoying the esteem of their fellow-students and the
faculty by guiding the destinies of the Class of J47 in their last year at Villanova. Dick
Hamilton was the first president of the class, Don Jacobs the first viceepresidcnt and, Jim
Tarpey the first secretary-treasurer.
As is usually the case much of the hidden talent in the class put in its appearance
as the various seasons for different sports came round. The class was revealed to have a
generous supply of fine potential athletes. We found Dick Hamilton, Marcus Crahan,
Jim Tarpey, John Chapek, Don Jacobs, in football and basketball. To add to the general
excitement we even had a HD" team in the field of basketball. Such minims as Ferreira,
Rodriguez, Purpus, Troeger, Barnard and Cucalon added more thrills and laughs to a
game than the Varsity. They were in dead earnest and never so entertaining as when they
were giving their all. lbarra in track, and Specht in baseball were real finds.
Our first year came to a close and left us much wiser. As vacation went by we began
to look forward to another year when the whole cycle of events would be open to us. ln
fact our second September at Villanova found us so full of energy and ambition that it
became a recognized fact that the Sophomore Class was showing the way to the rest of
As is ordinarily the case a few of the old faces were missing, but new ones had come
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