Excerpt from Alumni Record, West Virginia University: May, 1917
The alumni of any institution of learning are its greatest asset and the closer the connection between them and the Alma Mater the better. For this reason your Alma Mater has made it a special task as one of the features of the celebration of its fiftieth anniversary to hunt out as far as possible the graduates of these fifty years and list them anew and mail this list to every living alumnus. Many of these alumni had not been heard from for several years and ten are still missing at this writing. The 1500 now living and found are scattered through forty-four states, nine foreign countries, District of Columbia, Porto Rico, and the Hawaiian Islands. Hundreds have remained in West Virginia and are found in the lead in all trades, professions and occupations, a body of men and women of whom any institution may justly feel proud.
During the early years of the University lists of alumni were published from time to time as part of the annual catalogue. A more complete list, The Alumni Record, prepared by Waitman Barbe was published by the Alumni Association in 1903. In 1913 an Address List of Alumni was prepared by James Scott Stewart, Waitman Barbe and David Dale Johnson, an editorial committee appointed by the Board of Regents.
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