Gargoyle Desktop Statue Coming Soon

Were you impressed with the gargoyles Bradley commissioned for the tower of the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center? Limited quantities of this design will be available in October. Reserve your 5-inch commemorative statue by calling the Bradley Bookstore at 309-677-2320.

A grateful student

Please pass on my thanks to RUTH SCHLATTER MARTIN ’39. I was a student of hers at Glen Oak School in 1942 and 1943. What a nice surprise it was to read about her in the last issue. When I enrolled at Bradley, I was also a home ec major and did my stint at the Practice House. My career in home economics was with utility companies in Peoria and in Honolulu. I have her to thank for setting me on the right career path. 

She was also the one who helped me join Chi Omega, I found out later. I have had a lifetime love of sewing and a lifetime of friendships with my Chi O sisters. Thank you, Mrs. Martin!

Honolulu, Hawaii

News from a nonagenarian

When I received my copy of Hilltopics with the Classnotes form, I did as I have done before — shrugged my shoulders, certain that I had no news worth sharing. But then, I did a retake. 

I worked my way through Bradley, with the help of a fine man, Mr. A.R. Salzenstein. I would be remiss if I did not speak of my memories of those four years. 

I have the utmost respect and affection for all my instructors and for the fine institution that Bradley is and was. I remember when I registered in September ’33. I believe that the total enrollment was 697 students. Long after graduation in 1937, I was supply officer of a light cruiser in the Navy, in the Western Pacific, and I wrote letters to Dr. (Chester) Sipple, Dr. (Charles) Wyckoff, and Dr. (Palmer) Hogenson, my favorite teachers.

I thought I would give you young people a look-see through the window of a nonagenarian (someone between the ages of 90–99). 

Los Osos, Calif.

Campus romance

Please add our names to the list of couples who met and dated at Bradley, as mentioned in the president’s letter in your last issue. THOMAS RUSSELL McCRORIE ’42 Ed.D. ’52 and I were married in 1944 during the war. We both worked in the kitchen of “Connie Hall” (Constance Hall).

Dr. McCrorie returned to Bradley in 1950 to earn his Ed.D in 1952. We celebrated our 62nd anniversary two months before Thomas passed away in 2006. We both attended our respective 50th reunions in 1992 and 1993. 

Your article on the Practice House in the spring issue brought back memories of my four weeks living there during my senior year. 

Gaithersburg, Md.

Job well done

The article in the summer issue of Bradley Hilltopics about my brother, Father WILLIAM DONNELLY ’55, was excellent. Great job! Many enjoyed it. 

Peoria, Ill.