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Cole, Elbert (Class of 1915, trustee), June 3, 1975

Identifier: MOH21

Scope and Contents

1 interview with Elbert Charles Cole (Class of 1915) by David Stameshkin. Cole discusses athletics; dances; sororities; social life; Pearsons Hall; McCullough gym; baseball field; new chapel; President Moody; old campus; student jobs; undergroud railroad at Brainerd's house; Redfield Proctor; trustees; Mrs. Moody; Alexander Twilight; World War II; alumni events; E. Pruda Wiley; commencement; and Dwanye Robinson.


  • Creation: June 3, 1975


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Conditions Governing Access

Open for research without restriction.

Biographical / Historical

Elbert Charles Cole (1891-1976) graduated from Middlebury College in 1915, earned his master's degree from Trinity College in 1918, and his doctorate from Harvard in 1924. Cole was an internationally known biologist and trustee emeritus of Middlebury College. Cole led scientific expeditions to Panama and Arizona and taught biology (primarily at Williams College) for 32 years. He was the director of Marine Invertebrate Zoology and a board member at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Cole served as a trustee of Middlebury College from 1939 to 1969, and acted as secretary from 1959 to 1969. Cole married Ida Nell Ainsworth in 1916 and the couple had three children: Gerald Ainsworth, Elbert Charles, and Phyllis Anne. He later married Margaret Caldwell Grierson in 1933.


From the Collection: 147+ Objects

Physical Location


Physical Description

1 audio cassette


Assigned identifier: a13af19750603-01

Repository Details

Part of the Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives Repository

Middlebury College
Davis Family Library
110 Storrs Avenue
Middlebury Vermont 05753 United States