case western reserve university



180 Events from 180 Years: 1940s


The Public Health Nursing provided a "laboratory experience," permitting students to work with people in their own homes. The teaching district had a population of 60,000, representing 16 different nationalities.


Western Reserve University defeated the Arizona State Teachers College in football at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, 26-13. As of 2005, it was the only time that Western Reserve University, Case Institute of Technology, or CWRU appeared in a college football bowl game.


May Day at Mather College was a day for frivolity. The sophomores performed and selected a senior to be crowned as May Queen. The celebration marked the close of festivities for the academic year.


In July 1943, the Navy V-12 unit was established at Case School of Applied Science. It was a training program for engineering specialists. Case was the only college in Ohio and only 1 of 48 nationally to host the program.


Western Reserve University received government subsidies of over $954,000 for its various war training programs such as the Army Air Corps College Training Program, Civil Affairs Training School, and Cadet Nursing Corps (pictured here).


Laura Diehl became the first woman to receive an undergraduate degree from the Case School of Applied Science. Women had been admitted for graduate study earlier, and were admitted to special wartime programs. However, women were not admitted on a regular basis until the Fall of 1960.


The Barn Theatre featured melodramas, "The Drunkard," "Davey Crockett," "The Gay '90's Minstrels." This Theatre was a program of the Western Reserve University Theatre Department and held at Squire Valleevue Farm.


At the first college sporting event televised in Cleveland, Western Reserve University’s basketball team defeated Fenn College at Adelbert Gym, 63-26.


T. Keith Glennan was inaugurated as Case Institute of Technology's fourth president.


In the 1948/1949 academic year, Cleveland College enrolled 11,567 students in credit courses, 4,925 of whom were veterans. Adding in the 4,286 students enrolled in non-credit  courses, this year saw the largest enrollment in the history of the College.

Information was compiled by staff of the Case Western Reserve Archives, February 2006.