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Thomas P. Brockway ’21

Thomas Brockway ’21, January 7, 1999, in North Bennington, Vermont. From Reed, he attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He joined the faculty of St. John’s College, Annapolis, teaching history and English, and rose from the rank of instructor to associate professor and acting dean within five years. He then taught at Dartmouth College and Yale, and in 1933 accepted a position at Bennington College, Vermont. He earned his doctorate in history at Yale in 1937. At Bennington, he taught in the history department and served as dean in 1952–61, and he also served as acting president on three occasions. During World War II, he was loaned to the government to work for the Board of Economic Warfare, in Washington, D.C. He was the author of several books, including Basic Documents of United States Foreign Policy, 1957; and Language and Politics, 1965. He also authored numerous reviews for the American History Review. In 1981, he completed a definitive history of the founding and early years of Bennington College, Bennington College: In the Beginning, which was produced by the college on its 50th anniversary. Survivors include his daughter and two grandsons. His wife died in 1992.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 1999

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