Alumnus/Alumna

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Joseph Dysart was born on July 8, 1820 on the family farm, Eden Hill, in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, one of three sons of James and Jane Dysart. His family hired a tutor who introduced him to the classics and then he attended the early...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1845
Robert N. Earhart, 1858

Robert N. Earhart was born in Blairsville, Pennsylvania on April 9, 1833 to merchant David Earhart and his wife, Catharine Altman Earhart. His father took his large family, of which Robert was the youngest, to Pleasant Valley, Iowa during the...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1858
Portrait of WIlliam Wilcox Edel

William Wilcox Edel was born on March 16, 1894 in Baltimore, Maryland. His mother was Annie Wilcox, and his father was John Wesley Edel, a prosperous dairy retailer. Edel attended high school at Baltimore City College and then entered Dickinson...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Honorary Degree, President, Trustee
Year: Class of 1915
Portrait of Ninian Edwards

Ninian Edwards was born in Montgomery County, Maryland on March 17, 1775 to Benjamin and Margaret Edwards, a well-connected political family. He attended Dickinson with the class of 1792 but left before the completion of his degree and took up...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1792
John William Ell

John Ell spent four years at the College after graduating from high school in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania. He worked on the Dickinsonian, and was a photography editor of the Microcosm. He was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma, pledging...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1940
David Elliott

David Elliott was born in Sherman Valley, now in Perry County, to Thomas and Jane Holliday Elliott on February 6, 1787. Of Scots Irish heritage, he was raised on his parents' farm in a pious Presbyterian family. He was educated at home and in...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Trustee
Year: Class of 1808
Washington Lafayette Elliott

Washington Lafayette Elliott was born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania on March 31, 1825. He was the son of Commodore Jesse Duncan Elliott, USN. Before he reached his teens, young Washington accompanied his father on cruises with the West Indies...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1843
Powhatan Ellis (1790-1863)

Powhatan Ellis was born in Amherst County, Virginia and was named for the father of Pocahontas, from whom the family claimed descent. He was a student at Washington Academy and then at Dickinson as a member of the class of 1810. The College has...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1810
Frank Evans, Jr. (1925-1944)

Born July 6, 1925, Frank Evans was from Brooklyn, New York, where he was an outstanding student at P.S. 93 Boys High School, and the Adelphi Academy. In September 1942 when he had just turned seventeen, Evans enrolled at Dickinson with the class...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1946

Frysinger Evans was born on February 1, 1871 at Sunbury, Pennsylvania to William and Alice Frysinger Evans. In 1888 he entered the Dickinson Grammar School, and eventually matriculated to the College. At Dickinson, Evans was a member of the...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1892
Portrait of Mervin Grant Filler

Mervin Grant Filler was born in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania on October 9, 1873 to Peter and Elizabeth Filler. He attended grade school in Boiling Springs before entering the Dickinson Preparatory School. In 1889, he enrolled in Dickinson...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, President
Year: Class of 1893
Clement Alexander Finley (1797-1879)

Clement Alexander Finley was born on May 11, 1797 in Newville, Pennsylvania. His family moved very soon after to Chillicothe, Ohio when his father, a cavalry hero of the Revolutionary War, received a sizable plot of land for his war service....

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1815
Amy Fisher, 1895

Amy Fisher was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on December 29, 1872, the child of Daniel and Eva Brightbill Fisher. She attended Carlisle High School and Dickinson Preparatory School before entering Dickinson College in 1891. Graduating Phi Beta...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Faculty
Year: Class of 1895
George Purnell Fisher (1817-1899)

George Purnell Fisher was born in Milford, Delaware on October 13, 1817 to Thomas Fisher (twice high sheriff of Kent County) and his third wife Nancy Owens Fisher. He went to schools in the county, attended St. Mary's College in Baltimore,...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1838
William Righter Fisher (1849-1932)

William Righter Fisher was born on June 27, 1849 in Bryn Mawr, Lower Merion County, Pennsylvania. He was educated at Hasting's Academy in Philadelphia and in 1867, he entered Dickinson College and he received his bachelor of arts degree three...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Faculty
Year: Class of 1870
Robert Wayne Fleck, Jr.

Robert Fleck was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in August 1924, but lived locally in Carlisle, where his father was an insurance agent. He graduated from Carlisle High School in June 1942 and entered Dickinson. He spent only one year at the...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1946
Russell Cole Flegal (c.1898-1918)

From Clearfield, Pennsylvania, Russell Flegal entered the College in 1915 as a member of the class of 1918, pursuing a bachelor of philosophy degree. A popular student and enthusiastic musician, he was a member of the Union Philosophical Society...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1918
John Floyd (1783-1837)

John Floyd was born on April 24, 1783 at Floyd Station, Kentucky, twelve days after hostile Indians killed his father. The youngest of three children, he was educated at home and in a nearby schoolhouse before entering Dickinson at age thirteen....

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1798
Calvert Sumner Foote (1922-1942)

Calvert Foote was born on April 22, 1922 in Chester, South Dakota; his father was a minister who later served as the Methodist superintendent of the Scranton area in Forty Fort, Pennsylvania. Calvert attended the Wyoming Seminary and enrolled in...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1944
Charles Oscar Ford, 1898

C. Oscar Ford was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 3, 1873, the son of John and Mary Eliza Ford. He entered the Dickinson Preparatory School and then the freshman class at the College, the class of 1898, in September, 1894. He was an...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Honorary Degree
Year: Class of 1898
Benjamin Franklin Forgach

Benjamin Forgach was born in May 1921 in Yeagertown, Pennsylvania and graduated from high school there in 1938. That fall he entered Dickinson College with the class of 1942 but withdrew after one semester. He re-entered the following year but...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1942

Nehemiah Fountain was born in Denton, in Caroline County, Maryland in December 1834, one of the five children and the only son of Nehemiah and Lydia Fountain. His father was a shoemaker and a prominent citizen of the small town. The son was...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1854
John Harold Fox (c.1897-1918)

John Fox was from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and probably commuted from his home there while taking the Latin-Scientific course in the class of 1918. He left at the end of his junior year and by late 1917 he had graduated from the Officer Training...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1918

Birth: July 13, 1834; Mifflintown, Juniata County, Pennsylvania

Death: March 24, 1864 (age 30); Mifflintown, Juniata County, Pennsylvania

Military Service: USA, 1861-63

Unit: U.S. Volunteers

Alma Mater: Dickinson...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1854
Milton Howard Fussell III (1923-1945)

Milton Fussell was born on April 20, 1923 and grew up in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Swarthmore High School he entered Dickinson in the fall of 1941, and became a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. Then he enlisted in the...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1944

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