FROM THE ARCHIVES: 55 Years Ago
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.