David E. Hepford (1915-1943)

David E. Hepford (1915-1943)

A native of the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania area, David Hepford graduated from Lower Paxton High School and entered Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania as a member of the class of 1937 in the fall of 1933. He participated in a variety of activities ranging from golf to singing third tenor in the Glee Club.

He edited the Dickinsonian in his senior year, served as president of the Middle Atlantic States Collegiate Newspaper Association, and represented the United States in the League of Youth Conference held at Geneva in Switzerland in the summer of 1937. During that travel he interviewed various public figures, including Benito Mussolini in Rome. In all, he became one of the most outstanding journalists in Dickinson's extra-curricular history.

Hepford enlisted in the army at the outbreak of war and was stationed for two years as a sergeant in Harrisburg at the Selective Service Headquarters. During this time he was active in civic matters and was vice president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce. He was killed in an automobile accident on April 11, 1943, crossing the street in front of his home.

More information about other Dickinson war casualties can be found through the online project "In Remembrance" (see link for related entries below).

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