ELIAS BERTRAM MOTT, JR., Vermont '43, died in
his sleep October 9, 1942, at the Fraternity
house. His death came as a complete shock, for
so far as was known he was in perfect health.
Brother Mott was 21 years old, the son of
Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Mott of Morristown, N.J.
and in his entire three years here have been
simply amazing, especially when you consider
that the boy never engaged in track competition before coming to college.''
The modesty, personality, and exceptional
qualities of leadership of Brother Mott have
made a deep imprint upon his Fraternity
brothers and upon the entire college body. He
was a fine, enterprising student, always popular,
JR., Vermont '43.
LIEUT. WAYNE EDWARD TURK, Oklahoma '33, was
ELIAS BERTRAM MOTT, Vermont '43
He was a prominent campus leader and athlete
at the University of Vermont, being a member
of Boulder, senior men's honorary society. Key
and Serpent, junior men's honorary society, twice
captain of the varsity track team, and business
manager of the Ariel, junior year book.
A short service was held at the A House
Friday evening, October 9, at which every fraternity and sorority at the university was represented, as well as members of the faculty and
honorary societies. A member of the Advanced
R.O.T.C, Brother Mott was buried in uniform
with' military honor. Brothers Benoit, Pulleyn,
Murray, Nutter, Walgren, and Williams served
as bearers. A delegation of brothers and college
friends attended the funeral in Morristown,
A veritable one-man track team, Brother Mott
took three or four firsts in every intercollegiate
track meet. He won the New England A.A.U.
220-yard low hurdle title in the annual meet
run at Boston College Field June 6. He totaled
eight points for Vermont, gaining a second in
the 100-yard dash finals. His performance at
Boston encouraged the New England A.A.U. to
enter him in the National A.A.U. championships
at Randall's Island Stadium, New York, June 19.
In this meet, competing against the nation's top
runners in every event, he placed fifth in the
junior championships loo-meter dash and 200meter low hurdles, and sixth in the senior championships 200-meter -low hurdles. The Vermont
track coach says: "Mott's record in these meets
killed September 18, 1942, somewhere in Australia, by "an accidental exploding shell," according to a telegram received from the War Department by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Turk, of
Enid, Okla. No additional details concerning
his death are available at this time.
Lieutenant Turk had received his education
and military training at Oklahoma Military
Academy and Oklahoma University, having
graduated from Oklahoma University in 1936.
He held a reserve commission in the Field
Artillery and was called to active duty in February, 1942. Until a short time prior to his call
to active duty, he was employed' at the First
National Bank in Portland, Ore.
As a member of 4>A6, Brother Turk's interest'
in the welfare of the Fraternity and the brotherswas boundless. His exemplary life, his industry,
and his sound good judgment, have made its
imprint on the lives of the men in Oklahoma
The sterling qualities of Lieutenant Turk aire
testified to in a letter received by his parents
from one of his fellow-officers, Captain Jack E.
Morris, stating in part as follows: "His work was
outstanding and had gained the attention of
his superior officers. Wayne was given the
full honors of a military funeral this morning,
as his host of new found friends and myself
accorded him the farewell salute due a brave
and gallant comrade. It was my great privilege
and honor to serve as a pall bearer for your
In addition to his parents, Lieutenant Turk
is survived by his two sisters, Mrs. Ernest
Booher, Dallas, Tex., and Mrs. Lloyd Peck, of
Enid, EDWARDS, Oklahoma '27.
FRED GEORGE WHIPPLE, Purdue '02, died suddenly
of a heart attack May 20, 1942. For the past
fifteen years he has been in the security business
in Los Angeles. His widow survives him, living
at S. St. Andrews Place, Los Angeles.