When Germany surrendered to the Allies in Berlin on May 8, 1945, World War II was over for Harris Dusenbery '36 and thousands of other American soldiers. Dusenbery was 31, a college graduate, a husband, a father, a former field assistant for the Social Security Administration, and now a war veteran of the 10th Mountain Division in northern Italy.
Dusenbery resumed his life as it was before the war. He continued his career with the Social Security Administration and worked there until he retired in 1969. Since then he and his wife, Evelyn '37, have been busy with pursuits such as developing the Columbia Arts Center in Vancouver, Washington, and traveling extensively.
In such a busy life, World War II could easily be a fading memory of long ago and far away. But the war was both a continuation of Dusenbery's education and the occasion for a lifelong interest. In 1991 he wrote his first World War II memoir, Ski the High Trail: World War II Ski Troopers in the High Colorado Rockies. In 1998 he completed a second, The North Apennines and Beyond With the 10th Mountain Division.