The SCROLL of Phi Delta Theta for March, 1943
Since he retired in 1937 because ot failing
health. Judge Beck has held the title of Associate
Justice Emeritus, thus becoming the first member of an Advisory Appellate Council formed to
consult with the courts and the Attorney Genneral on judicial problems. His distinguished
legal career was marked by a wide range of interests, including language, literature, and military strategy. His interest in military affairs was
an outgrowth of service in the Spanish-American
Judge Beck held many important offices in the
government of Georgia including those of State
Senator, Solicitor General, and Superior Court
Judge. He became associate justice of the Supreme Court in 1905 and presiding justice in
He once risked the anger of a mob to prevent
the lynching of a man he had sentenced to be
hanged. The prisoner had won a new trial and
a mob formed to take him from the jail. Judge
Beck talked to .the crowd, sent for the sheriff,
and the man was taken to safety.
LIEUT. HOWARD Ross GILBERT, Miami '40, died on
November 18, 1942, in the Western European
Area as a result of an airplane accident, according to. a telegram received from the War Department by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ross E.
Gilbert, Lisbon, Ohio. No additional details have
been received from the War Department, but
contact with the various members of his Squadron and the Chaplain of his Bomb Group state
that he was buried at the British Military Cemetery, Brookwood, which is the American section
near London, with full military honors.
Lieutenant Gilbert received his commission as
a Second Lieutenant upon his graduation from
the Bombardiers' School at Midland, Texas, in
June, 1942, and from there was sent to Fort
Myers, Fla., and then to Manchester, N.H. He
was a Bombardier in a B-24, Liberator Bomber.
He left this country on September 5, 1942, with
his Squadron and Bomb Group. Their first
bombing mission was Lille, France, October 9,
1942. After that date they participated in many
raids over the Western European Area.
A letter was received by his family from one of
his buddies, a pilot in one of the bombers, one
week after the funeral services. He gave a full
description of the services. He also made the
following statement: "All of us who knew Howard have lost more than a buddy for he was
much more to us than just a pal. There wasn't
a better liked man in the outfit than 'Gil' and
his loss is going to be keenly felt.''
In a letter received froiil his commanding
Major was the following statement:
"Lieutenant Gilbert was an excellent officer,
held in high regard by his fellow officers, and
greatly respected by the men who served Under
his command. His loss is deeply felt by his many
friends in the service. Howard was very happy
in his assignment, and performed his duties in
a manner beyond reproach.
"On November 21, 1942, the entire Squadron
paid tribute to your son and those buddies who
werit with him. They were accorded full honors.
"On November 22, 1942, those of us closest to
Howard attended thb services at the place of
Howard was graduated from Lisbon high
school in 1934, and from Miami University in
1940. Up until his call to active service he was
employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company in the Freight Traffic Department, Pittsburgh, Pa.
In addition to his parents he is survived by
one sister, Ethel, at home.
CoL. HERBERT ALONZO WADSWORTH, Idaho '10, a
LIEUT. HOWARD Ross GILBERT, Miami '40
U. S. Army veteran of more than thirty years,
died in Boston, Mass., January 29.
Brother Wadsworth graduated from the University of Idaho in 1910. He was appointed a
second lieutenant in the Infantry, U. S. Army,
in 1911. He was a graduate of the Infantry
School, the Command and General Staff School,
and the Tank School. He served as an instructor
at the Infantry School for a period of four years,
and was in command of'Fort Thomas, Ky., directing the extensive relief work carried out in
this area during the great flood of the Ohio
River in 1937. His most recent promotion in the
regular a full in 1940.
He was on duty with the First Service Command
at Boston at the time of his death.
Colonel Wadsworth is survived by his wife,
Antoinette, and two daughters, Mary, wife of