Blacks @ Dartmouth 1775 to 1960

African Americans @ Dartmouth College 1775-1960

Walter Milton Price

Dartmouth College
Class of 1910 (A.B.)
26 Feb 1884, Augusta KY
18 May 1957, Queens NY
School Dartmouth College Class 1910
Born 26 Feb 1884, Augusta KY Degree A.B.
Died 18 May 1957, Queens NY

Career summary

Educator and public school administrator

Quotes from biographical sources

Walter Milton Price died May 18 in Flushing, N. Y. He had been in poor health for a long period. On March 27 he suffered a stroke and was taken to Queen's General Hospital. The end came at Meadow Park Nursing Home where he had been since May 1. Interment was at Presbyterian Cemetery, Brooklyn.

A few classmates called him Walt because when he arrived in Hanover in freshman year he set himself up in business as "Price the Presser" and that name became like a trademark for him. Walt was born February 26, 1884 in Augusta, Kentucky, and came to Dartmouth from Andover Academy. Walt spent the first year after graduation selling shoes in the southern slates for the Fred Douglass Shoe Co. of Haverhill, Mass. He then returned to his home city, Indianapolis, to take a leaching position in the public schools. He was made assistant principal. During World War I he served as Overseas Secretary for the YMCA, stationed in St. Nazaire, France. He was married November 21, 1914 in Indianapolis, to Beulah Wright, a school principal.

After her death in 1928, Walt gave up teaching to study under Oscar Seagle at the Music Colony at Schroon Lake, N. Y. He completed his training in 1932. In 1933 he had a prominent part in a Broadway hit, “Run Little Children." Just when he was meeting with success in his musical career, his health broke down and his latter years were discouraging ones. However, he apparently retained that winning smile and cheerful disposition, familiar to all in 1910, for the one who cared for him for the past several years, in reporting the particulars of his passing, wrote, "Dartmouth has never sent out a finer man."

In Memoriam. (Oct 1957). Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, 50(1), 90-91.

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Dartmouth Aegis 1910