To listen to the Dorm Leaguers talk at their fourth special reunion during Alumni Weekend, music was a big part of the Dorm League experience.
They were brimming with memories about victories in the Varsity Night competition, the Intrafraternity Sing, peopling the glee club and their adventures as part of the Wittenberg Choir.
“Dorm Leaguers sang,” Norman Nuding ’48 explained during his remarks at the reunion dinner, June 16.
But forget about the talk; the supporting evidence continued to pile up during the long and spirited event as the formal program was overtaken five times for “musical interludes.”
Dorm Leaguers staged revivals of original operettas, which they carried into battle many years ago to win glory for their fraternity buddies.
In some cases 50 years had passed since the musical mayhem of “The Martins and the Coys,” “The Prince of Bagdad” or “The Ever Fleeting Years Roll By” had enlivened campus.
Dorm Leaguers still sing, it seems.
Dorm League thrived between 1904 and 1966 as a fraternal organization of men who lived in Myers Hall. The spirit of the league combined brotherhood, democracy and independence along with camaraderie, compassion and friendship.
Members witnessed how that spirit made the lives of Dorm Leaguers much richer during their college days.
Martin Wolfson ’50, the reunion’s chief organizer, for instance, recalled sitting with his brothers on the steps of Myers.
“Sometimes we would talk about philosophy... and girls. Sometimes we would talk about sports... and girls. And sometimes we would just talk about girls.”
Those attending the reunion represented the classes between 1943 and 1962, including Harlan Miller ’43 who was recognized as the reunion’s earliest graduate.
Alumni awards were presented to those who had contributed greatly to the Dorm League’s four successful reunions since 1990.
Awards went to: Gabriel and Betty Lada ’52, Henry Saeman ’51, Victor Vely ’52, John ’52 and Ruth Ward, Thomas Webb ’52, Bob Wittlinger ’52, Martin ’50 and Rosetta Wolfson, and Norman ’51 and Ruth Zehner.
Special recognition was also made of attendees who had served as Dorm League presidents: James Maurice ’47, Feland Meadows ’51, William Maurice ’51, Jack Spenny ’53, William Hathaway ’54 and James Mack ’55.