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  • Collection: Trinity College and the Influenza Pandemic of 1918

Colonel Cowles and his Staff, Trin Bulletin, pp. 8 and 9.jpg
James F. Lucey, Personnel Adjutant, was from Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Before joining the S.A.T.C. Training Camps in Plattsburgh, Frederick Bauer attended the State Agricultural School at Storrs; Lewis E. Crook attended the Georgia School of…

President Flavel Sweeten Luther.png
A portrait of President of the College, Flavel Sweeten Luther '1870, who oversaw the College between 1904 and 1919, during the worst years of the pandemic.

Hooper, Robert, died of flu_color image.jpg
Collection of college publications and photographs related to Robert Sanders Hooper (class of 1915).

Trinity Tripod 1918-11-05, Bill Duffy Challenged by the Guard.PNG
Collection of archival documents, college publications, and photographs related to military guard duty at Trinity during World War I. The "incident" of William Duffy being stopped by Daniel T. Eaton was likely staged for humorous effect.

Church, Lester, died of flu, photo 1.jpg
Collection of archival documents, college publications, and photographs related to Lester Hubbard Church (class of 1920).

Halle, George, died of flu.jpg
Collection of archival documents, college publications, and photographs related to George Halle (class of 1919).

Budget for 1920.png
The College’s budget of June 18, 1920 affords insight into the medical preparedness of Trinity: there was $50.00 allocated for “medical supplies” and $3,500 and $1,800 apportioned for the salaries of a Medical Director and Assistant Medical Director,…

Board of Trustees Address 1919.png
The first and only statement on the influenza matter from the Board arises from President Luther '1870 indirectly, who in his June 20, 1919 report contends that the College had “been marked by general unrest, misunderstandings, complaints, schemes…

King, Aubrey G., died of flu.jpg
Collection of archival documents, college publications, and photographs related to Aubrey Gordon King (class of 1922).

Wright, Arthur H. - died of flu.jpg
Collection of college publications and photographs related to Arthur Houston Wright (class of 1918).

Trinity College Honor Roll (World War I)_title.jpg
Collection of ephemera and a letter written or produced by C.A. Johnson, Alumni Secretary, and distributed to alumni by the Trinity College Alumni Council.

Trinity College and Influenza Pandemic of 1918 - Exhibit
A photograph of the Students' Army Training Corps (S.A.T.C.), which formed on Trinity's campus during World War I and was subject to a campus quarantine in October 1918 during the influenza.

Trinity College SATC.png
The Students' Army Training Course (S.A.T.C.) organized and prepared Trinity students for military service in World War I and later become subject to a quarantine in October 1918 due to the influenza pandemic.

Aubrey King Obituary.png
Aubrey Gordon King ’22 was the youngest casualty in the Bulletin and the only who seemed to be residing on campus at the time: while still at Trinity, he was “taken ill with Spanish influenza on Tuesday, November 19, and died at the Hartford Hospital…

Lester Church Obituary.png
Two Trinity students, sadly, did not see a Commencement as a result of the influenza. Among them was Lester Hubbard Church ’20 who, while serving as a third-class quartermaster on a submarine undergoing repairs in New London, “was stricken with…

Roebling Merged.jpg
Paul Roebling ’17 of Morris Plains, New Jersey, was the youngest alumnus casualty of the influenza noted in the Bulletin, who on December 13 was “stricken with Spanish influenza and died at Bernardsville, New Jersey December 16, 1918.”

Leroy Ladd Merged.jpg
Leroy Austin Ladd ’08 of Hartford, late of Phoenix, Arizona, was elected “Chairman of the Commission of State Institutions,” though “immediately after the election…was stricken with Spanish influenza, which developed into pneumonia. After an illness…

Hamersley Pandemic Merged.jpg
The Bulletin’s necrology for 1918-1919 reported the deaths of five alumni, the most prominent of which was William James Hamersley ’09 of Old Saybrook, late of Hartford. Hamersley was a Hartford attorney for the Connecticut General Life Insurance…

SATC Report (College Bulletin) .png
The first and only time the word “influenza” is explicitly stated in any official College publication is the January 1919 bulletin from the S.A.T.C., where the College references the quarantine and illness among the S.A.T.C. broadly:


Student Handbook.png
The 1916-1917 Trinity College Student Handbook, issued shortly before the pandemic, describes the medical care Trinity students could expect to receive:

“Students who are ill are at once visited by the Medical Director. In cases of serious…

Remsen Ogilby Address 1921.png
The crisis, if it were ever considered by the College a crisis at all, had abated by June 17, 1921, at least in the eyes of newly elected President Remsen Brinckerhoff Ogilby. He was pleased to report that while “two studensts [sic] have left college…

Board of Trustees Minutes .png
The Board of Trustees meetings make no explicit references to the pandemic. Indeed, they address far more the state of military preparedness on campus and the general absence of the student body as a result of World War I. President Luther’s report…

Huggard, George S., died of flu.jpg
Collection of archival documents, college publications, and photographs related to George Stewart Huggard (class of 1920).
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