of Phi Delta Theta for March, 1943
DON WHARTON, Davidson '27, is the author of
the much-discussed article, "How the North
African Campaign Was Organized," which appeared in the February issue of Reader's Digest.
In the story Brother Wharton reveals interestingly and in great detail, for the first time, the
amazing achievment of the Services of Supply
in co-ordinating the movements of troops and
supplies to the front.
ARTHUR GOODHUE WAKEMAN, Cincinnati '22, is di-
rector of the pulp and paper division of the War
Production Board. Speaking before the American
Pulp and Paper Association in New York in
February, he advised the printing industry to
prepare for another ten per cent cut in printing
papers, including newsprint, about April 1.
Brother Wakeman, on leave from his duties as
production manager of the Fox River Paper
Corporation, Appleton, Wis., is an active member
of the Fox River Valley Alumni club.
GUY HOWARD VAN BLOEM, Pennsylvania '14, was
appointed Personnel Director of the Pennsylvania Civil Service Commission and assumed
his new duties in Harrisburg, Pa., on December
1, last. Since September,' 1939, Brother Van
Bloem has been Executive Director of the
Philadelphia County Board of Public Assistance
with offices in Philadelphia in which position,
with the aid of a very capable supervisory force,
he has done an outstanding job. His new post
with the Civil Service Commission requires that
he live in Harrisburg and his departure from
Philadelphia creates two additional vacancies.
These are: Chief of the Emergency Welfare Service of the Philadelphia Council of Defense, and
Member of the Evacuation Authority for the
His Phi friends will remember Brother Van
Bloem as "Guy H. Bloom." On November 16,
1942, he obtained permission from Common Pleas
Court No. in Philadelphia to resume the name
of his Dutch ancestors who came to this country
in the 18th century. His forebears were Mohawk
River Dutch People of Central New York and
branches of the family run through all the old
Dutch Counties of New York State.
On Saturday, January 30, Brother Van Bloem
and Miss Harriet Hanna Bassett of Rochester,
N.Y., were married at the home of Mr. and Mrs.
Stanley H. Purcell in Reading, Pa. Purcell is
a college mate of the groom, and Miss Bassett
is a descendant of one of the original settlers
of Scottsville, N.Y., a suburb of Rochester, and
of the city of Rochester itself.
Brother Van Bloem's home was in Rochester
where he received his-early education. In 1910
he entered the University of Pennsylvania and
became a Phi at the Pennsylvania Zeta chapter.
During his college days he was active in the
chapter as well as in all campus life and doings.
In short he was recognized as one of the leaders
in his class. He was graduated from the Wharton
School of Commerce with the class of 1914 and
entered business in Philadelphia. In 1918 he
served in France as a lieutenant in charge of
the inspection of "French artillery purchases for
the Ordnance Department of the Army. After the
Armistice he returned to Philadelphia and reentered business. Some ten years ago he went
back to Rochester where he was connected with
the Todd Company for several years. He was also
engaged in other business ventures among which
were publisher of the Town Magazine of
Rochester. In September, i93g, he became head
of the County Board of Public Assistance which
again brought him back to Philadelphia. Recently he took the Civil Service examinations for
the position of Personnel Director of the Pennsylvania Civil Service Commission and received
the highest mark of all those in the competing
group. The examination was held at Harrisburg
and was conducted by Dr. William E. Mosher,
Dean of the Maxwell Graduate School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University.
In Harrisburg Brother Van Bloem's office is
in Temporary Building Capitol Park, and
his home is at 2409 Rudy Road, Harrisburg, Pa.
MARRIOTT, Syracuse 'oi.
JOHN PROCTOR MCKNIGHT, Davidson '28, is sta-
tioned with the Army Intelligence Corps in San
Juan, Puerto Rico, on leave from the Associated
Press. Brother McKnight has had a varied and
exciting career with the A.P., beginning in 1931
when he became assistant head of the bureau
in Havana, Cuba, and stepped into a revolution.
Later an assignment took him to Portugal during
the Spanish civil war. He entered Madrid with
Franco's conquering army and organized an
A.P. bureau there after the war ended, commuting between Madrid and Lisbon until another man took over the Spanish office. McKnight next went to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to
organize a new office, then to Santiago, Chile,
and returned to Rio to cover the Pan American
conference in January, 1942.
His brother, Colbert Augustus (Pete) McKnight, Davidson '38, is also in San
managing editor of the World Journal, English
language afternoon daily.
WILLIAM SEWARD ELDER, JR., Williams
recently named an assistant attorney-general of
the State of New York.
JAMES ADAM PEASE, Franklin '36, had an audition
with the Metropolitan Opera Company a short
WADE EDWARD ARNOLD, Knox '28, has accepted
a position as assistant chief of the radio section
of the Office of Civilian Defense at Washington,