Bill attended Davidson College from 1942 to 1948. He interrupted his
college education during WWII from 1944-46 in order to serve in the Navy.
Bill said this gave him more maturity and a greater appreciation of his education.
Bill graduated in 1948 having majored in Economics.
Life at Davidson
- "At that time Davidson offered much fewer classes than they do
- This is a picture from Bill's Student Handbook. The
Handbook was about 4 inches wide and 6 inches tall and had everything
in it from the map shown here to the Davidson songs that were sung at
sporting events. Also included were pictures of the different
committees and groups.
- Bill had to attend Chapel every morning from 10 to 10:30. An
organist would play as they walked in to the Chapel. Bill remembers
that during chapel they sometimes would pick up one of the lighter students and
pass him around the room. Another memory from Chapel was when a very
prim and proper professor accidentally told the students to, "go get all
you can," resulting in an uproar of laughs that the professor did not
- While Bill and I were discussing Davidson he told me about one of
his professors who had an interesting opinion of how college should
be. This professor, Dr. Griffin, thought that when you come to
Davidson you should be able to pay for four years of college but then you
should be allowed to stay for as long as you want.
- After Bill returned from W. W. II the professors seemed a bit nicer
and less strict than they were before the war.
- One of the strictly enforced rules that Davidson had while Bill was there
was the prohibition of drinking by students. At the time Mecklenburg
County prohibited alcohol anywhere in the county. However, because
Davidson is near the edge of Iredell County, which allowed alcohol, some
students would sneak to a place right across the county line to drink.
It was a little restaurant-like shack past the driveway that is now the rear
entrance to campus.
- While Bill attended Davidson, John Belk was captain of the basketball team,
"he was the tallest guy on the team."
- Tommy Peters, was a tremendously talented athlete who played three
varsity sports and was the best at all of them. Bill remembers that
"Tommy died in the last week of the war".
- This is a picture of the graduation procession of the class of 1948.
The text, video, audio, and website are the result of interviews conducted byJeff Libersat,
Davidson College Class of 2002, in the Fall of 2001.
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