Alumnus/Alumna

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James Culbertson was born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania on March 17, 1803, the son of prosperous Presbyterian farmer Samuel Culbertson and his wife. His parents died when he was young, and the neighboring farming family of Thomas Urie took him in....

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1824

Birth: November 3, 1834; Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Death: January 20, 1899 (age 64);  Emporia, Kansas

 Military Service: USA, 1861-65

 Unit:  Company A, 129th Illinois Infantry

Alma Mater: Dickinson College, B.A. (Class...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1857

George David Cummins was born near Smyrna in Kent County, Delaware on December 11, 1822, the son of George and Maria Durburow Cummins. When the younger George was just 4 years old, his father died, leaving him to be raised by his mother and...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1841

Born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania on April 28, 1867, Mary Curran prepared at Bloomsburg Normal School where her father, Hugh Asbury Curran, taught. In 1886 she entered Dickinson College as a junior, receiving the coveted Pierson Gold Medal for...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1888
Andrew G. Curtin, c.1860

Andrew Gregg Curtin was born April 22, 1817 in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. He was the son of a Scots Irish immigrant who had begun an iron manufacturing concern in Center County and his second wife, Jean Gregg, daughter of a prominent Pennsylvania...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1837

John Dale was born in Philadelphia in 1919 and graduated from high school in Montclair, New Jersey where his father was president of a coal company. He entered the College in September 1936 with the class of 1940 but transferred to Amherst...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1940

William Daniel was born on remote Deal's Island in Somerset County, Maryland on January 24, 1826. He was educated locally and then matriculated at Dickinson with the class of 1848. While at the College he was a member of the Union Philosophical...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Trustee
Year: Class of 1848
Gerald Lawrence Darr

Gerald "Jerry" Darr was born in 1917 in Burnside, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Cherry Tree High School and entered the College in the class of 1940. An outstanding athlete who later entered the College Sports Hall of Fame, he excelled on...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1940
Portrait of Robert Laurenson Dashiell

Robert Laurenson Dashiell was born June 25, 1825 in Salisbury, Maryland. He attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, graduating in July of 1846 as Salutatorian. Throughout his collegiate years at Dickinson, Dashiell was an active...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, President
Year: Class of 1846

Born March 22, 1927, William Davis graduated from Media High School in Media, Pennsylvania in 1945. He served two years with the Fifth Army Air Force before entering Dickinson College with the class of 1951 in September 1947. While at the College...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1951

William Emory Fisk Deal was born on March 8, 1840 in Calvert County, Maryland to William Grove and Janetta Suttan Deal. He prepared for his undergraduate years at the West River Classical School and entered Dickinson College in Carlisle,...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1859

Charles Force Deems was born in Baltimore, Maryland on December 4, 1820, the son of George and Mary Roberts Deems. The family was very pious - his mother was the daughter of a Methodist minister - and from a young age Deems exhibited signs of...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Honorary Degree
Year: Class of 1839

Samuel Deinard was born on January 25, 1872 in Rossein, Lithuania (then part of the Russian Empire) to David Mendel and Taube Leah Deinard. Deinard spent some of his childhood in Palestine where he attended schools in Jerusalem. He also...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1987

Rae DeMatteis was born and raised in Altoona, Pennsylvania, where he and his older brother, Michael DeMatteis, Class of 1942, attended Altoona High School. He spent a year and a half at Dickinson College, participating with his brother in varsity...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1945

Charles Denison was born on January 23, 1838 in Kingston, Pennsylvania to a prominent Luzerne County family. His grandfather was second in command of American forces in the battle of Wyoming Valley, and his uncle, George Denison, served in...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1838

Harmar Denny was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on May 13, 1794, the eldest son of Nancy Wilkins and Ebenezer Denny. Nancy Wilkins was a sister to William Wilkins, who also attended Dickinson College and rose to the United States Cabinet under...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1813

William Lewis Dewart was born in Sunbury, Pennsylvania on June 21, 1821, the only son of Lewis and Elizabeth Ligett Dewart. His father was an influential railroad director and politician who had been speaker of the Pennsylvania house, congressman...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1842

Oliver James Dickey was born on April 6, 1823 in Old Brighton, in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, where his father, John Dickey, was postmaster and later sheriff. The older Dickey also served in the State senate and was a Whig member of the U.S....

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1844

James Dieffenderfer was a native of Easton, Pennsylvania and graduated from Wilson High School in 1941. He entered Dickinson in the autumn of 1941 and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1942. He was a participant in the unprecedented...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1944

Philip W. Downes was the eldest son of William H. Downes and his wife Annie Hardcastle Downes and was born in Caroline County, Maryland in 1837. When he was ten, his father was elected as a Maryland state delegate. The younger Downes entered...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1858

A native of Butler, Pennsylvania and a graduate of the class of 1961, Joe Doyle was a member of Phi Kappa Psi, the vice president of the Young Democrats, and took part in the Freshmen Plays. He was a Cadet First Lieutenant of Company D of the R.O...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1961
Sumner Drayer standing beside President Edel, 1957

Born in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, Sumner Drayer studied at the Dickinson Preparatory School. He married Agnes Pettigrew on March 17, 1906. Among numerous business ventures, Drayer served as the president of the Voneiff-Drayer company, which...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Trustee
Year: Class of 1902

Alfred du Pont was born on April 11, 1798 in France to Eleuthere and Sophie Dalmas du Pont. His father's career during the French Revolution as both moderate politician and printer fell into disfavor as the Revolution became increasingly radical...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1818
Valedictory Address from the First Commencement by Robert Duncan (First Page)

Robert Duncan was born c1768, the son of Carlisle attorney Stephen Duncan. The elder Duncan was a founding trustee of both the Carlisle Grammar School and Dickinson College; Robert presumably attended the grammar school before enrolling in...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1787
Zebulon Dyer

Birth: June 29, 1837; Upper Tract, Pendleton County, West Virginia

Death: December 3, 1861 (age 24); Allegheny Mountain

 Military Service: CSA, 1861

 Unit: 25th Infantry Regiment Virginia

Alma Mater: Dickinson College...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna
Year: Class of 1859

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