Early graduates of Anatolia College

"And there was always the encouragement of meeting or corresponding with former students who were making good use of what Anatolia had given them. For example: Timothy Bishop, the last of our students to receive his B. A. from Anatolia in Asia Minor, was a representative of a considerable number of our students in Chicago. Dr. A. P. Pilides was an able dental surgeon in Detroit, where his work with a Club gripping hundreds of boys of that bewildering metropolis was such that Detroit was called, "The city where boys *had been* bad". In Cleveland, Mr. A. H. Tashjian was a leading architect; who, when he was a teacher the next year after graduating in 1902, had sent across the Anatolia campus the first wireless telegram ever sent in Turkey. In Philadelphia, Dr. D. H. Kabakjian, a professor in the University of Pennsylvania, was one of the outstanding men among a group of our graduates, and Dr. Edward Bedrossian, a physician in the city, was another. Dr. V. S. Babasinian was a ranking professor in Lehigh University not far away. In New York, everyone who knew the Near East knew and respected Rev. Prof. J. P. Xenides, and in Boston, next door to our trustees, was Dr. Raphael S. Demos, who had entered Harvard University as a post graduate student on his Anatolia diploma, had taken his Ph. D. in three years, taking prizes every year and then was invited to remain as an instructor. In 1927, he had just received a Guggenheim appointment for advanced study in Europe with leave of absence from Harvard. He had summed up his early experiences in our College with its threadbare equipment in the words, "We lived abundantly". On the Simplon Orient Express across Europe, I found among my fellow passengers from Lausanne to Greece, a committee of three men going out from the League of Nations to investigate and then authorize a loan of nine million pounds to the Greek government. One of the committee was a Britisher, one a Frenchman, and the third was one of our Anatolia graduates, Mr. Athanase Aghanides. Of course, he had taken advanced studies in Constantinople, Paris, and London, before receiving his appointment as a secretary of the League of Nations in Geneva. But Anatolia gave him his start."

[From: George E. White's "Adventuring With Anatolia College", p. 137 (Herald-Register Publishing Company, Grinnell, Iowa, March 1940)]

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