Walter David Owl (1917)
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This lantern slide shows Springfield College alumnus Walter David Owl (class of 1918) wearing traditional Native American clothing and holding a bow and arrow. He is standing in the middle of what is most likely the West Gymnasium in Judd Gymnasia. Walter David Owl was a Cherokee Indian born in North Carolina. He graduated from the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute in 1915 and from Springfield College in 1918. After graduation, Owl worked for the YMCA and taught at the Haskell Institute (Lawrence, Kansas). In 1927, he received his Bachelor of Divinity from Colgate-Rochester Seminary. Owl spent the majority of his subsequent career ministering to the Iroquois Indians of the Cattaraugus Reservation in New York. In 1932, the American Indian Council Fire gave him the Golden Arrow Award for notably improving American Indian Life. He spent the summer of 1956 as President of the National Fellowship of Indian Workers, representing Protestant ministers and lay leaders serving American Indians throughout the nation. Text on border reads, "YMCA College Springfield Mass David Owl. Amer. Indian.
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Owl, W. David (Walter David)
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