Another Hero coming to speak at Newman

Newman is thrilled to welcome Mr. William Pennebaker ’35 as the 2011-12 Warren G. Moses Lecturer on October 19. The lecture will be in conjunction with WWII Museum and Newman exhibit in the Reynolds Ryan Gallery featuring WWII Propaganda Art.

William F. Pennebaker ’35 wrote to me directly to inquire about being a Moses lecturer after reading the article about Bert Stolier. After Newman he went to Harvard and Yale Law School and served 4 years in the Army Air Corps. He reported for Pilot Training 8 days after Pearl Harbor and was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. By August 1943 he was a captain second in command of a squadron with all of his combat flights as a command pilot in the lead aircraft of group formations. He received 11 combat decorations plus a bronze star. After VJ Day he returned to Yale Law School and went on to accept a legal position in Shell Oil Company. He recently retired from private practice in Midland, TX. He divides his time between TX and Charleston, SC  and returns to New Orleans 2-3 times a year to visit family. He will be in town late September for a reunion of veterans of the 390th Bombardment Group and will meet with Robin Vogt about the lecture at that time.  At age 93, he is last survivor of its command and staff.

The Moses lecture series is a student favorite. Each year, they are mesmerized by the personal accounts of our country’s greatest heroes.

 

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