Brig. Gen. Laura Clellen, Commander Ryan Frank, Dr. Matthew Roberts, General Charles Jacoby, Josiah Hatch, Esq., Capt. Frank J. Arduini, Col. Robert J. Walcott and Maj. Darrin Mitchell
BY SCOTTIE IVERSON
On the anniversary of the end of WWI, the venerable University Club in downtown Denver hosted a black-tie dinner of duck confit and unveiled a commemorative plaque to be cast in bronze. The large board, honoring members and staff who had served in WWI, consisted of 94 names – 87 who had served in the U.S. Army and seven who had served in the U.S. Navy. The club, incorporated in 1891, focused on education and literature in addition to socializing. Fittingly, those members were graduates of colleges ranging from Ivy League, various medical schools, military academies and other universities from coast to coast. The average age of those serving was 35 and the oldest was 75 years old – Maj. Gen. Frank D. Baldwin, U.S. Army Infantry who received two Medals of Honor. Also, of special note was 1st Lt. U.S Army Coast Artillery Temple Hoyne Buell, a descendent of the founding family of Chicago. He was the youngest to serve at age 22 and earned a Purple Heart. He graduated from Lake Forest College, University of Illinois in architecture and completed graduate studies at Columbia University. He moved to Denver for his final recuperation from critical war injuries. He re-entered his profession and founded T.H. Buell & Co. which became one of the largest and most prolific architectural firms in its 60-year history. One of his first commissions was to design the Collage Room at the University Club. He ultimately designed over 300 buildings and because of his charitable contributions, many buildings in Colorado were named for him.
Newspaper from November 8, 1918
How remarkable that University Club has saved the history of these patriots and will continue to preserve their memory with this tribute. The plaque reads: In Memory of the Members and Staff of the University Club of Denver who served their country in the Great War 1914-1918. And, at the bottom: –and those whose names and service are unknown to us – “Grant Me the Carving of My Name” Dedicated November 11, 2018. Dr. David J. Fitzpatrick, author and associate professor of history at Washtenaw Community College in Michigan gave us a lesson in history and highlights of World War One.
Col. Robert J. Walcott and immediate past president of University Club Dr. Larry Chan
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