Dartmouth Class of 49
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President: Ray Truncellito
Vice President: George Hartmann
Secretary: John Adler
Treasurer: Bob Rooke
Head Agent: Paul Bjorkland
Bequest Chairman: Vail Haak
Mini-Reunion Chair: Gordon Thomas
Pick Axe Chair: Bill Ballard
Newsletter Editor: Skip Ungar
Gordon Alexander Thomas
THE VALLEY NEWS
Gordon's widow, Pat, is at home: 68 Apple Blossom Drive West Lebanon, NH 03784
Bill Ballard requests that these new vitals be posted
Home: 121 Woodcock Court
Daytona Beach, FL 32119
re: Walter de Hoog '49
This message comes from Ed Nickerson '49
As a member of the class who has been more faithful in making annual contributions to the college (only one year missed since graduation) than in attending reunions, I want to bring the attention of Ray Truncellito and other stalwarts to a new book by the man who I think is probably the most overlooked class member of all: Walter de Hoog, who has a fascinating and moving account of his life in the closing months of World War II. He was born in the Netherlands, but when in an Italian boarding school in Parma, north Italy in 1945, he became a courier for the Italian anti-Nazi resistance, but was caught, beaten up, sentenced to death, and put on a freight train with others who were destined for destruction in the Nazi concentration camp of Mauthausen. Walter alone was able to escape by prying open a vent and throwing himself off the train near Bolzano. He was bloodied in the fall from the train, but able to make his way, in a series of harrowing adventures, to friends who smuggled him into Switzerland. Eventually he rejoined the Italian partisans, who were led by a man who became the first post-war premier of Italy, Ferruccio Parri, who had high regard for Walter for his previous work, and made him a special assistant, at the age of 21, in the Italian government. Walter eventually came to the USA, where, through friends, he made his way to Hanover and was almost immediately admitted to Dartmouth. He graduated in '49, Phi Beta Kappa, and had a distinguished career making newsreels and special documentaries, including one on Robert Frost. I knew him when he submitted a story to the Dartmouth Quarterly. He is now living in Santa Barbara, California, married, and happy, and, I believe, almost unknown to most of his classmates. His book describing his truly fantastic experiences ,Tulipano, A Story of Wartime Italy, was recently published in paperback, and I have just finished reading it,barely getting out of my chair for two days to absorb what it says. I knew a little of his story from his accounts of many years ago, but this is the first time I've caught up with the details in print. It is a tale of a man who was a resistance hero and a special secretary in the first Italian post-war government before he even had to shave regularly.
Something should be done to publicize Tulipano * and this distinguished classmate.
*The name comes from the Italian for tulip, an Italian nickname reflecting his Dutch origin.
Edward A. Nickerson '49 (I was a particular friend of the late David Bergamini, '49, who knew Walter quite well).
Margery Ann "SANDY" Woodberry died August 19th.
Sandy, wife of Paul Woodberry, passed away at home with her family in Dallas, Texas.