FROM THE ARCHIVES: 55 Years Ago

In 2015, John Albree ’51 donated this patch and other Norwich Sport Parachute Club memorabilia to the Norwich Sullivan Museum. Albree co-founded the Norwich Sport Parachute Club and advised it through 1963. (Courtesy of the Sullivan Museum; John Albree ’51 collection.)

(Courtesy of the Sullivan Museum; John Albree ’51 collection.)


NU Sport Parachute Club.

In 2015, retired Army Lieutenant Colonel John Albree ’51 donated a collection of memorabilia, including his NU Sport Parachute Club patch, to the Sullivan Museum and History Center. A qualified parachutist who had served in Korea, then-Captain Albree returned to Norwich in 1960 as an instructor. Eager to share his enthusiasm with the students, he teamed up with fellow instructor and parachutist Sergeant Arnold Maher to found the Sport Parachute Club in 1961, with Harald Fostervold ’64 as the first cadet president. To practice, the group traveled to a facility in Orange, Mass. Albree advised the club until 1963 when his duties took him to Germany, and eventually to Vietnam. Shortly before then-Major Albree’s departure, President Harmon presented him with a certificate from the Parachute Club of America. Harald Fostervold, who later served with Albree in Germany, would make 542 jumps in his lifetime. – J.E.D.

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