Honorary Degree

    Entries drawn from the college history encyclopedia

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
President Fritschler at Commencement, 1991

A. Lee Fritschler was born on May 5, 1937 in Schenectady, New York. He graduated in 1959 from Union College with degrees in economics and political science. Following his graduation, he studied at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of...

College Relationship: Honorary Degree, President
Francis Dunlap Gamewell, 1881

Francis Dunlap Gamewell was born in Camden, South Carolina on August 31, 1857 to John and Sarah Gamewell. The family moved to New Jersey during the Civil War, and young Gamewell was prepared for college at the academy in Hackensack. He then...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Honorary Degree
Year: Class of 1881

Otis Gibson was born in Moira, New York in 1825. In September 1850, he entered Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania with the class of 1854. A big man, while at the College he was elected to the Belles Lettres Society and fell under the...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Honorary Degree
Year: Class of 1854
William Lambert Gooding, 1898

On December 22, 1851, William Lambert Gooding was born to William and Lydia A. Gooding on the family farm in Galena, Maryland. When he was nineteen years old William Lambert’s father died, and it was discovered the elder Gooding had purchased a...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Faculty, Honorary Degree
Year: Class of 1874

James H. Graham was born in West Pennsborough Township in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania on September 10, 1807. His father was Isaiah Graham, who served two terms in the state senate and became an associate judge, serving from 1817 to 1835, when...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Faculty, Honorary Degree
Year: Class of 1827
John Perdue Gray (1825-1886)

John Perdue Gray was born at Half Moon, in Centre County, Pennsylvania on August 6, 1825 the son of a Methodist minister. He was schooled at the Bellefonte Academy and entered Dickinson College in 1842. While at the College he was a member of the...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Honorary Degree
Year: Class of 1846
Edwin Forrest Hann (1876-1970)

Edwin Forrest Hann was born on December 5, 1876 in Fairton, New Jersey, the son of John S. and Edith R. Hann. He prepared for college at the Pennington Seminary in New Jersey and originally entered Wesleyan University. By 1898 he was a member of...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Honorary Degree
Year: Class of 1901
Daniel Hartman Hastings (1849-1903)

Daniel Hartman Hastings was born near Lamar Township in Clinton County, Pennsylvania on February 26, 1849, the youngest of nine children of Scottish and Scots Irish immigrant parents. William Hastings and Sarah Hartman ran a struggling farm and...

College Relationship: Honorary Degree, Trustee
John Hays II, 1862

John Hays was born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania on February 2, 1837 the youngest of two sons and a daughter of John and Eleanor Blaine Hays. On both sides of his family, the young John Hays was descended from old and highly respected central...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Honorary Degree
Year: Class of 1857
Edgar Rohrer Heckman, 1897

Edgar Rohrer Heckman was born on February 11, 1875 to Isaac and Annie T. Heckman, in Ennisville, Pennsylvania. He attended the Williamsport Dickinson Seminary and then enrolled at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in the fall of 1894....

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Honorary Degree, Trustee
Year: Class of 1897
Robert Miller Henderson (1827-1906)

Birth: March 11, 1827; North Middleton, Pennsylvania

Death: January 26, 1906 (age 78); Carlisle, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania

Military Service: USA, 1861-65

Unit: Company A, 7th Pennsylvania Reserve Infantry "Carlisle...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Honorary Degree
Year: Class of 1845
William Uhler Hensel (1851-1915)

William Uhler Hensel was born in Quarryville in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania on December 4, 1851. He was one of the five sons and nine children of George Washington Hensel, a prominent and wealthy businessman and his wife Ann Maria Uhler Hensel...

College Relationship: Honorary Degree
Samuel Dickinson Hillman, c.1865

Samuel Dickinson Hillman was born to Samuel and Susan Dickinson Hillman of Blackwood, New Jersey, on January 18, 1825. Not much is known of his life before he entered the Dickinson College Grammar School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 1845. A...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Faculty, Honorary Degree, President
Year: Class of 1850
Charles Francis Himes, c.1880

Charles Francis Himes was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania on June 2, 1838 to William D. and Magdalen Lanius Himes. He attended the New Oxford Collegiate and Medical Institute in Adams County, Pennsylvania, before entering Dickinson College...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Faculty, Honorary Degree, President
Year: Class of 1855
John Fletcher Hurst, c.1885

John Fletcher Hurst was born near Salem, Maryland on August 17, 1834, the only son and second child of Elijah and Ann Catherine Colston Hurst. His father was a relatively prosperous slave holding farmer and local magistrate who was active in the...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Faculty, Honorary Degree, Trustee
Year: Class of 1854
Frank Royer Keefer (1865-1954)

Frank Royer Keefer was born in Venango County, Pennsylvania on October 10, 1865 to a Presbyterian and military family. His father was Major John D. Keefer and his mother Caroline Royer Keefer; he could also boast a great-grandfather who fought...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Honorary Degree
Year: Class of 1885
Nathaniel Garland Keirle (1833-1918)

Nathaniel Garland Keirle was born in Baltimore, Maryland on October 10, 1833. He was the eldest child of three born to Matthew M. Keirle and Sarah Jacobs Garland Keirle. He was raised by his grandmother, as his father died of typhoid and his...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Honorary Degree
Year: Class of 1855
George Henry Ketterer, 1937

Born on February 21, 1880 in Somerton, Pennsylvania, George Henry Ketterer attended Dickinson Preparatory School before enrolling in the College in 1904. After graduating from Dickinson with a B.A. degree in 1908, he attended Drew Theological...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Honorary Degree, Trustee
Year: Class of 1908
Horatio Collins King, 1897

Birth: December 22, 1837; Portland, Maine

Death: November 15, 1918 (age 81);Brooklyn, New York

Military Service: USA, 1861-65

Unit: Army of the Potomac, First Cavalry Division of the Army of the Shenandoah

Alma Mater:...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Honorary Degree, Trustee
Year: Class of 1858

John Krebs was born in Hagerstown, Maryland on May 6, 1804, the son of William and Ann Adamson Krebs. The senior Krebs was a merchant and postmaster in the town and John received his early education there before he went to work as a clerk in his...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Honorary Degree
Year: Class of 1827
Jacob Banks Kurtz (1867-1960)

J. Banks Kurtz was born in Delaware Township, Juniata County, Pennsylvania on October 31, 1867 as the son of Abraham Hertzler and Molly Bergey Kurtz. He attended local schools and prepared for college at the Airy View Academy in Port Royal and...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Honorary Degree
Year: Class of 1893
Marion Dexter Learned (1857-1917)

Marion Dexter Learned was born on July 10, 1857, near Dover, Delaware, the son of Hervey and Mary Learned. Learned's family was of early English and Welsh colonial background. He prepared for college at the Wilmington Conference Academy, and then...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Honorary Degree
Year: Class of 1880
Henry Logan, c.1970

Henry Logan was born on June 22, 1889 in Carrol Township, York County, Pennsylvania to John N. and Ella Mae Coover Logan. He attended York High School, graduating in 1906, and then entered Dickinson College. At Dickinson, he became involved in...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Honorary Degree, Trustee
Year: Class of 1910
Zatae Longsdorff Straw, 1887

Zatae Longsdorff was born on April 16, 1866, the second of six children of William Henry and Lydia R. Haverstick Longsdorff of Centerville, Pennsylvania, a few miles southwest of Carlisle. William Henry, a physician, was a Dickinson graduate of...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Honorary Degree
Year: Class of 1887

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