As you can see — and feel — this issue marks a return to PAW’s full print run, after a paper shortage forced us to shrink the magazine in March and April. Securing paper continues to be a challenge, but we hope to move forward as usual for the rest of the year.
That means we can return to a PAW tradition, with the photo of the Class of 1938 on page 43. Since the death of Francis H. McAdoo Jr. on Jan. 26, at 105, the class has no known living members, and its column no longer appears in Class Notes.The history of the 643-strong Class of ’38, in the Nassau Herald, begins in September 1934 and rambles through four years of athletic events, parties, clapper thefts, performances, and academics. Classmates enjoyed the end of compulsory chapel; President Harold Dodds *1914 banned drinking at home football games to improve behavior (most students approved); and the class made its academic mark by becoming the “first freshman class in years to get by the first uniforms [examinations] without developing a student who flunked all five.”
At Commencement, speakers noted more consequential issues. The Great Depression was continuing, and Hitler annexed Austria in ’38’s senior year. Valedictorian Desiderio Parreño reminded classmates of the developing storm in Europe and continued: “Here in America it is also an hour of crisis … . In the fight for freedom, for enlightenment, for justice, it is we, the young, and the young who have been privileged, who must decide the day.” In the class oration, Thomas Roberts McMillen stressed the duty to vote and to consider running for office. Asked in an undated class poll whether they believed there would be a world war, 196 members said no; 217 thought one would begin within five years.
Among the class personalities was Dan D. Coyle, whose classmates voted him best all-around man, most respected, most popular, most likely to succeed, busiest, and the person who did the most for the class. That made him seem destined for the job he would occupy later, as head of Princeton’s PR office. Well-known classmates included beer executive William Coors; class officer Robert S. Mueller Jr., whose son would lead the FBI; and brothers Hans and Wolfgang Panofsky, later known as stellar scientists, with Wolfgang, a physicist, receiving the National Medal of Science.
In his 50th reunion book, however, Wolfgang began his profile by noting a different award: “I am including a photo to document what happens when my class voted me as the runner-up in its ‘most likely bachelor’ competition.” The picture showed Panofsky with his wife, their five children, and a bunch of smiling grandkids.