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Born at Cleveland, O., Feb. 20, 1881. Parents: Moses, Yetta (Braunhof)
Strauss. School: Central High School, Cleveland, 0.

Degree: (c. 1898-1899.)

Married: Myrtle Mahler, Cleveland, O., April 7, 1904. Child: Burton
Mahler, March 23, 1906.

Died: Dec. 11, 1918.

R. Strauss passed away Dec. 11, 1918, from influenza and
pneumonia at the age of thirty-seven years.
He is survived by his wife, Myrtle Mahler Strauss, arid a son,
Burton Mahler Strauss.

His activities at the time of his death included the presidency
of the Excelsior Club, of the Central Brass Manufacturing Com-
pany, and of the National Brass Association.



JAMES STUART

Born at Owensboro, Ky. Parents: William and Cynthia Stuart.

Degree: A.B.

Married: Lillian Wyman, Winthrop, Mass. Children: Robert, Wallace,

and Arthur.
Occupation : Farmer.
Address: Owensboro, Ky., R.F.D. No. 1.



RECORDS OF THE CLASS 431

ALMOST immediately after leaving College, largely by acci-
dent, I became interested in a grocery store at Jamaica Plain,
Mass. In time, I became the owner of the business, and continued
at the store for nearly sixteen years. This business was a source of
great pleasure to me, as my customers became esteemed friends.
Among my customers, I met a young lady who became my wife.

My business and family seem, as a natural thing, to have occu-
pied my time so fully that I drifted away from college and edu-
cational affairs.

Early in 1919, I sold my grocery store and removed to my
old home at Owensboro, Ky., and have since been engaged in gen-
eral farming. Last year my family and I spent several months at
Burlington and Rutland, Vt., intending to locate on a farm in that
state, but could not succeed in locating, so returned to Kentucky.

The farm we are located on now is rather historical, being the
old home of my grandfather. Senator Thomas C. McCreery. Be-
fore the freeing, tlie farm was worked by a force of ninety slaves,
who were quartered in a long row of cabins. Senator McCreery
was a humane and considerate "Masser" as it was a regular custom
of his to present each slave with a new pair of shoes at Christmas.
The burial ground for the slaves can still be pointed out on the
farm.

Just now we are enjoying a visit from my wife's father, Mr. Wal-
lace Wyman, and his son, from Winthrop, Mass. Both are im-
pressed with the attractions and prosperity of this section.



RUSSELL STURGIS

Born at Boston, Mass., Dec. 30, 1880. Parents: Russell, Anne Outram
(Bangs) Sturgis. School: Noble and Greenough's School, Boston,
Mass. ; St. Paul's School, Concord, N. H.

Degree: A.B. 1902.

Unmarried.

Occupation: Roadmaster.

Address: P.O. Box 1083, Drumright, Okla.



AFTER leaving the army, where I had rather an inglorious career
at Camp Taylor, I came to Oklahoma, persuaded by an Eli
friend, and have been messing about in the oil fields ever since.
Have seen some queer things and have mixed with some very queer
people. At present another man and I are doing some contract
work for the Sinclair.

I command Battery C, 358th Field Artillery, 95th Div. 0. R.



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FRANCIS RAYMOND STURTEVANT

Born at Hartford, Conn., Dec. 18, 1877. Parents: Francis Crayton, Harriet
Mellen (Ellis) Sturtevant. School: High School, Hartford, Conn.

Degrees: A£. 1902; S.T.B. 1906; A.B. {Trinity, Conn.) 1901.

Married: Avis Dora Atwood, Boston, Mass., June 12, 1907. Children:
Hope, Oct. 18, 1910; Barbara, Nov. 7, 1912; Judith Avis, Dec. 15, 1920.

Occupation : Minister.

Address: 54 Summer St., Taunton, Mass.

AFTER graduation in 1902, I went to Choate School, Walling-
ford, Conn., as instructor in English and history, and also
played on the school football team. The following year I returned
to Cambridge for the Divinity School course, going thence to a
five years' pastorate in Dorchester, Mass. I have been minister
of the First Congregational Society (Unitarian) in Taunton, since
1911.

In addition to church work, I have been considerably interested
in charities, having been president of the Taunton Social Welfare
League (formerly Associated Charities) for eight years. I have
also been interested in our Unitarian journal, "The Christian Regis-
ter," serving as secretary of the board of trustees for the past four
years.

My hobbies are golf and tennis, — purely for relaxation! My
traveling has been restricted to this country and Canada, — across
the continent and to various places in the central West and South.

War Service: Was "Religious Work" Secretary, Y. M. C. A.,
at hut 23, Camp Devens, from July 15 to Aug. 15, 1918. Served
as Four Minute Speaker in theatres of Taunton, Mass., during
1917-1918.

Publications: Several sermons have been printed, and I have
had various articles in the "Christian Register," none of which is
important enough to note.

Member: Ionic Lodge, A. F. & A. M.; Old Colony Historical
Society.

PHILIP HASKELL SYLVESTER

Born at Newton, Mass., Oct. 4, 1880. Parents: Stephen Alden, Mary Louise

(Haskell) Sylvester. School: High School, Newton, Mass.
Degrees: AM. 1902; M.D. 1906.

Married: Dorothy Young, Haverhill, Mass., June 2, 1917.
Occupation : Physician.
Address: 25 Bay State Rd., Boston, Mass.



RECORDS OF THE CLASS 433

AT the early age of three I decided to relieve and modify the
ills of mankind by Hammemelis and other remedial agents.
In spite of early teaching to the contrary I decided that Harvard
furnished the best foundation for medical knowledge, and I enrolled,
whereupon parental support was withdrawn and medical education
earned, — a double hardship, I will say. I graduated from the
medical school without honors or high standing in 1906. Served
as house officer, Children's Hospital, 1907. Could not legally raise
children so I decided to cure them, July, 1907, and have been at
it fairly hard ever since. Results not yet tabulated.

Having specialized in diseases of children I became teacher of
same from 1907. While still a house officer at the Children's
Hospital I was obliged to substitute for teachers fishing or engaged
in other important pursuits. Officially appointed assistant in pedia-
trics in March, 1908, and continued to September, 1914, when I
was appointed instructor. Every year I receive from Jimmy Hun-
newell a very formidable notice to the effect that having been good
for the previous year, and in the expectation of being good for the
coming year, the President and Fellows have again appointed me
instructor in pediatrics for one year. It is a lot of fun, and the
suspense is terrific as I watch the appointments in the Transcript
every July.

As for hobbies, I just do love to eat, fish, and hunt. I am not
crazy about automobiling, like Frank Sawtell, because I can't afford
a chauffeur, and besides my nervous system won't let me, so I
get sick of driving about eighty miles a day. I also try to tie
flies to fool the wary trout, and at present am spending all of my
spare time and some of my money in adapting a complete tent-
ing equipment for use in Northern Maine in the Fall, to the rear
compartment of my runabout. I have no use for stills or home
brew formulae. Also I occasionally attempt to assassinate the
elusive clay pigeon but find he is usually safe.

I hunt and fish by auto, on foot, and in canoe, in Northern
Maine, and have done so since 1911, the first year I had time
and carfares to spare. I also take long and interesting journeys
on maps published by the United States Geological Survey. These
are very satisfactory and cheap, and provide fishing and hunt-
ing experience that do not admit of reputation. I advise all to
try them. Also I frequently explore the upper regions of the
Amazon and the Orinoco, as well as Organ Mountain, by means of
maps published by the Government of Brazil. Try it.

I am also interested in the National Defense. I joined the First
Corps of Cadets in June, 1902, served as private up to 1905, Cor-



434 CLASS OF 1902— SIXTH REPORT

poral 1905 to 1908, Sergeant 1907, and Color Sergeant to 1911.
Just missed the Spanish War and the Lawrence strike.

In general, life has been quite kind except for my soft job during
the war, which I can't forgive quite yet. Things material have
gone very smoothly. The sheriff has not got me yet. My home
is happy beyond expression, and I am privileged in seeing "the
boys" of 1902 occasionally. What more could one ask? I love
my home, my work, and my class, and hope to repay Harvard some
day.

Publication: Medical articles in medical journals; a few ar-
ticles in Sporting Magazines; a correct and scientific observation
of the tree-climbing proclivities of the woodchuck (publication
refused by Outing, Forest and Stream etc., as not being in accord
with more authentic observations) .

Member: Harvard, Union Boat, and University Clubs, Boston;
Stork Club, Harvard Medical School; Squash Club, Newton; New-
ton Highlands Gun Club; American Medical Association; Mas-
sachusetts Medical Society; North Eastern Pediatric Society; Soci-
ety of the Pink Rose.



JOHN EDWARD TALBOT

Born at Holliston, Mass., Nov. 1, 1879. Parents: Zephaniah, Eliza Frances
(Paul) Talbot. School: 'Boston Latin School; Volkmann School, Bos-
ton, Mass.

Degrees: A.B. 1902; LL.B. 1905; M.D. 1912.

Married: Florence Gertrude Sanger, Framingham, Mass., June 12, 1907 (died
March 12, 1908) ; Florence Lillian Moore, Brookline, Mass., April 8,
1916. Child: Elizabeth, March 7, 1908 (died March 24, 1908).

Occupation: Physician.

Address: (home) 10 Westland St., Worcester, Mass.; (business) 28 Pleasant
St., Worcester, Mass.

AFTER graduation from the Law School in 1905, I practised law
for three years in Boston. Many influences at that time
showed me that I had better make a radical change in my career.
The apparently unreasonable tragedy which befell me at that time
in the loss of my wife and baby at childbirth was undoubtedly
the determining factor in making me decide to take up the study
of medicine. Accordingly I entered the medical school in the Fall
of 1908. My experience there was unique in one particular in
that several of my instructors were friends and classmates in col-
lege. I wish to express the opinion, which I am sure is the opinion
of others, that the class of 1902 is very ably represented in the



RECORDS OF THE CLASS 435

teaching staff of the medical school. It was natural enough that
my greatest interest should be in the direction of the obstetrical
branch of medicine, and as my medical education advanced, I
determined to enter this branch as a specialty.

After graduation my first hospital appointment was at the Free
Hospital for Women where I spent five months. In March, 1913,
I entered upon my interneship on the East Medical Service of the
Massachusetts General Hospital, graduating from there on August
1, 1914. Then followed a six months service at the Boston Lying-in
Hospital, September, 1914, to April, 1915. A vacant senior service
at the same hospital gave me the opportunity to spend six weeks
more at the Boston Lying-in Hospital in my chosen subject.

Having chosen Worcester, Mass., as the place where I should hang
out my shingle, I opened an office here in August, 1915. Although
I willingly did general practice at the beginning, my ambition to
confine my work to obstetrics was aided by an appointment at the
Worcester City Hospital as assistant visiting physician in obstetrics
in December, 1915.

By the end of 1916 obstetrics had become the major part of
my work. When the war broke out the two doctors who had charge
of the obstetrical wards of Memorial Hospital went into service.
I was asked to take charge of this work in their absence, which I
accepted in June, 1917. In July, 1917, my associate at the City
Hospital also went into the service. For the next two years I
was on continuous service at both hospitals. On the return of
the other men it seemed expedient to give up one or the other of
the hospitals, and, as most of my private work was at Memorial
Hospital, I resigned my appointment at the City Hospital, and
accepted an appointment at Memorial Hospital which connection
has continued until the present.

There is not much in an obstetrician's life to write about. He
stays up one night and goes to bed early the next to catch up. It
has its drawbacks but, although I may be accused of colorblindness
by some, the grass in the next pasture has never appeared greener
to me than that in my own.

Publications: A Theory on the Etiology of Toxemia of Preg-
nancy with or without Convulsions, Surgery, Gynecology & Ob-
stetrics, February, 1919; Focal Infection and its Relation to Tox-
emia of Pregnancy with or without Convulsions, Boston Medical
& Surgical Journal, April 24, 1919; Focal Infection and its Rela-
tion to Obstetrics, The Journal of the American Medical Associa-
tion, March, 27, 1920; A Clinical Study of the Placenta, Surgery,
Gynecology & Obstetrics, June, 1921; Cancer, Boston Medical &



436 CLASS OF 1902— SIXTH REPORT

Surgical Journal, September 15, 1921; An Endeavor to Evaluate
Chronic Sepsis in Pregnancy, Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics,
1922.

Member: Harvard Clubs of Boston and Worcester; Worcester,
and Tatnuck Country Clubs; American Medical Association; Mas-
sachusetts Medical Society; Aesculapian Club; Shrine.



Hh ^ttbut mtitt Calmadge

Born at Netherwood, N. J., Feb. 25, 1880. Parents: Henry Pearl, Lucy

(White) Talmadge. School: Cutler's School, New York, N. Y.
Degree: A.B. 1902.
Unmarried.
Died at Prescott, Ariz., Jan. 10, 1910.

ARTHUR WHITE TALMADGE was attacked by tuberculosis in
June, 1902, just before he took his degree. He died at Pres-
cott, Ariz., where he had just completed building himself a resi-
dence. He spent the years from 1902 to 1910 in Arizona, Colorado,
California and the Adirondacks and Netherwood, returning to
Arizona in 1909 and expecting to live there. He was never well
enough to go into any regular business. He compiled and pub-
lished a genealogy of the Talmadge family, and in addition to
his college societies was a member of the Harvard Club and the
University Club of New York.



WILLIAM JOSEPH TARPEY

Born at Boston, Mass., Oct. 16, 1879. Parents: John, Julia (Madden)

Tarpey. School: Boston Latin School, Boston, Mass.
Degrees: A.B. 1902; LL.B. 1904.
Unmarried.
Occupation: Lawyer.
Address: 39 Oakview Terrace, Boston, Mass.

[Adds nothing to data in Fifth Report.]



AMADEE JOLIVET TAUSSIG

Born at St. Louis, Mo., July 20, 1881. Parents: Hubert P. and Amanda

J. Taussig. School: Smith Academy, St. Louis.
Married.

Occupation: Manufacturing.
Address: (business) President, Dollar Point Pencil Corp., 1001 W. 16th

St., Los Angeles, Calif.



RECORDS OF THE CLASS 437

A FTER leaving College I was interested in mining engineering,
±\_ development and investigation, of both metal mining and oil;
later, general contracting business, and for the past eight years,
oil and mining investments. Since 1921 I have been manufacturing
Dollar Point Pencils.
Member: Los Angeles Country Club.



GARFIELD JOSEPH TAUSSIG

Born at St. Louis, Mo., June 27, 1881. Parents: John Jay, Lenore (Taus-
sig) Taussig. School: Smith Academy, St. Louis, Mo.

Degree: A.B. 1902.

Married: Lillian Imrie Aitken, St. Louis, Mo., April 15, 1911. Child:
Carroll Wright, April, 1916.

Occupation: Vice-President, William R. Compton Co.

Address: (home) 5564 Delmar Ave., St. Louis, Mo.; (business) Compton
Building, St. Louis, Mo.

IN the Fall of 1902 I went to work in the office of the superin-
tendent of terminals of the Burlington. E. T. Perkins, '87, was
superintendent of terminals, and Morrison Pettus, also a Harvard
graduate, was chief clerk. But the mere fact that I was also a
Harvard man did not improve my position. If there is such a
thing as a sub-office boy, that was what I was to start with. Dur-
ing the three years that I was with the Burlington, I occupied about
every position in the local office, except that of superintendent,
I checked freight — and in fact, handled a truck on the platform
during a strike, worked out in the yards, checked rates, etc.
I finally reached the exalted position of chief clerk to the superin-
tendent. The lure of finance, however, was too strong for me, and
in 1905 I went with a stock exchange house. Like most embryo
financiers, I thought I could beat the game, with the result that
I lost everything that I had accumulated up to that time, and
a good deal more besides, in the panic of 1907. This at least taught
me that there was something more to the stock market than tips
and the ticker. I thereupon applied myself to the statistical end
of the business. About that time, James H. Brookmire, one of the
partners of the firm by whom I was employed, started the Brook-
mire Economic Chart Co., and in addition to doing the statistical
work of Simons, Brookmire & Clifford, I also made an analyses
of properties, and assisted in the compilation of data for the
Economic Chart Co. I continued this work for a number of years,
and while it was both interesting and instructive, it was not par-
ticularly lucrative. In March, 1915, I went with the William R.



438 CLASS OF 1902— SIXTH REPORT

Crompton Co. as a salesman. After selling both in the country
and in St. Louis for about a year, I was put in charge of the ad-
vertising. In conjunction with the advertising, I helped to or-
ganize and develop the sales department, and in about six months,
was given the title of sales manager. Since that time my work has
been almost entirely confined to directing the sales department, in
addition to which I have had direct charge of our Cincinnati and
New Orleans offices. In 1919 I was made secretary of the William
R. Compton Co. and in 1920 was elected vice-president. In connec-
tion with my work, I travel a good deal, especially in the Middle
West and South, Since making a trip to Europe after graduating
from college, I have done very little traveling for pleasure, except
for my summer vacations, which I usually spend in the vicinity
of Boston.

I have no hobbies, although I do enjoy golf, which I play poorly,
and bridge, at which I am by no means an expert.

War Service: Was actively engaged in the various Liberty
Loan campaigns. Served as a private in the Home Guard.

Member: University, Bellerive Country, and Bondmen's Clubs
of St. Louis.

^JFteDerick ^ajimilian Cennep

Born at Boston, Mass., Feb. 7, 1877. Parents: John Arthur, Martha (Wil-
liams) Tenney. School: Tutor.
Degree: (c. 1898-1899.)
Unmarried.
Died at Boston, Mass., Feb. 22, 1900.

FREDERICK MAXIMILIAN TENNEY was tutored for Harvard
and entered in two years from the Sherwin Grammar School.
After studying in college through the winter his health was so
impaired that he was compelled to choose for a time an out-
door life. He was working in a grocery store, taking orders, when
he died suddenly from heart disease.

NATHANIEL AUGUSTINE THAYER

Born at South Boston, Mass., Nov. 4, 1880. Pabents: Edmound Gilles,
Florence {Hamilton) Thayer. School: High School, Quincy, Mass.

Degree: S.B. 1902.

Unmarried.

Occupation: Civil engineer.

Address: {home) 419 W. lW,th St., New York, N.Y.; {business) Asst.
Engineer, Transit Commission, 49 Lafayette St., New York, N. Y.

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RECORDS OF THE CLASS 439

PHILIP LIVINGSTON THOMSON

Born at Schenectady, N. Y., Nov. 28, 1879. Parents: Alexander J., Mary
Helen (Livingston) Thomson. School: Union Classical Institute,
Schenectady, N. Y.

Degrees: A.B. 1902; A.B. (Union) 1900.

Married: Dorothy Elliott Tuthill, Brooklyn, N. Y., April 21, 1909. Chil-
dren: Donald, March 16, 1916; Dorothy, Feb. 15, 1918; Philip Van Rens-
selaer, Aug. 5, 1920.

Occupation: Advertising manager.

Address: (home) 87 Oxford St., Glen Ridge, N. J.; (business) 195 Broad-
way, New York, N. Y.

HAVE spent practically the entire time since leaving college with
the Western Electric Co.; during the early years in its Chi-
cago and other Y\restern offices learning the business; from 1905 to
1911 in Pittsburgh, Pa., as the manager of its branch office and
.distributing headquarters; and since 1912 as its advertising manager
with headquarters at the executive offices in New York — in that
capacity responsible for the company's advertising in America and
throughout the world. Am editor of the employees' magazine, the
Western Electric News; member of executive staff of general sales
manager, responsible for the planning and carrying out of the
company's selling policies.

For recreation I play golf at the Glen Ridge, N. J., Country
Club. Have not traveled outside of America, but have been a
frequent visitor at most of the company's forty-eight distributing
points throughout the United States.

Am interested in municipal government -in Glen Ridge, and serve
as member of municipal plan and art commission, zoning board, etc.

War Service: Served as a Director of Publicity for its fourth
and fifth Liberty Loan drives, for that portion of New Jersey lying
in first Federal Reserve District.

Member: New York Advertising Club; National Electric Light
Association; Chi Psi; Phi Beta Kappa; Glen Ridge Golf Club
(secretary) ; Association of National Advertisers (director and
vice-president) .

PHILIP WINGATE THOMSON

Born at Andover, Mass., April 6, 1880. Parents: Thomas Dennie, Abby
Cummings (Locke) Thomson. School: Phillips Academy, Andover,
Mass.

Degree: A.B. 1902.

Unmarried.

Occupation: Flax, Jute and Cotton Textiles.



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Address: (home) Abbot St., Andover, Mass.; (business) 70 State St.,
Boston, Mass.

AFTER leaving college I was employed by Kidder Peabody
& Co., of Boston, and by Jackson & Curtis of Boston, in the
latter firm's bond statistics department, I became a member of
the firm of Thomson & Fessenden in 1907. In association with
J. W. Farley, '99, I am also acting as treasurer of several cor-
porations under the management of the Industrial Co. of Boston.
War Service: Served with the U. S. A. from May 15, 1917,
until Jan. 5, 1919. Was attached to 76th Div., and held rank
of Captain, Quartermaster Corps, with 76th Div. Headquarters
at Camp Devens and St. Amand, France.



HERBERT CAHOONE THORNDIKE

Born at Newport, R. I., Dec. 17, 1879. Parents: Henry Huth, Elizabeth
Cahoone (Gorton) Thorndike. School: High School, East Bridge.
water, Mass.

Degrees: A.B. 1902; LL.B. 1904.

Married: Bessie Ellsworth Perkins, East Bridgewater, Mass., April 22, 1908.
Children: John Beverly, Dec. 11, 1908; Anita, March 13, 1910; Con-
stance, May 16, 1911; Herbert Cahoone, Jr., April 9, 1913; James Otis,
March 14, 1916; Florence, March 14, 1916 (died Aug. 25, 1918) ; Janet
Dean, Nov. 24, 1919.

Occupation: Lawyer, Special Justice, District Court of Brockton.

Address: (home) 8 Union St., East Bridgewater, Mass.; (business) 172 Main
St., Brockton, Mass.

UPON completion of my law school course in 1904, I started
practice in East Bridgewater, a country town five or six miles
east of Brockton, with a population of around thirty-five hundred.
For many years there had been several lawyers in town, but at
the time I started, one or more had been appointed to the bench
and the others were of advanced years and died shortly. In
1906-7 I entered the office of an older lawyer in Brockton, and in
February of 1907 opened an office there in the same building where
I am now. For six or seven years I worked hard to establish a
practice, and with small success. Gradually business increased,
and in 1915, I was appointed a special justice of the Police Court,
now District Court of Brockton. Upon resignation recently of the
chief justice, I became the first associate justice. Since my
appointment, or in fact since a few years prior to it, my practice
has steadily increased. I handle a great many matters, of all kinds,
from a hen case to a habeas corpus, and find opposed to me many



RECORDS OF THE CLASS 441

of the brethren from Boston offices, who are specialists in some
line of legal activity.

I live in East Bridgewater in a large old fashioned house with
some land around it, in the centre of the town. In one corner I
maintain my East Bridgewater office, in which I endeavor to portray
successfully the role of a country squire. I travel back and forth
daily to and from Brockton in my automobile. Sundays and holi-
days, I fill my car with my wife and numerous progeny and we ride
all over creation, in search of adventure, fish, flowers, and whatever
we can find that seems interesting.

This brings me to the point of describing my hobbies, which being
enumerated are: fishing, (to be carefully distinguished from catch-



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