Dale Pontius Papers, date unknown; 1738-2011
- TitleDale Pontius Papers, date unknown; 1738-2011
- PublisherRoosevelt University, Roosevelt University Archives
- RepositoryRoosevelt UniversityRoosevelt University Archives 430 S. Michigan Chicago IL, 60605 Chicago, IL USA
- OriginationDale Pontius
- Datedate unknown; 1738-2011
- Physical Description8 document cases, 2 legal size document cases, 2 oversize boxes
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Dale Pontius was a Political Science professor who taught at Harvard, Dartmouth and Tulane before joining the Roosevelt faculty in 1947. He also served in the Army from 1942 to 1946. He received a Bronze Star for his service as Assistant Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army base in the Far East. In that position he analyzed the social, political and economic conditions of the Philippines. After returning to civilian life, he remained involved in Filipino politics. An outspoken intellectual, he earned the nickname The McCarthy Heckler when he was arrested for interrupting a speech by Sen. Joseph McCarthy at Republican fundraiser in Chicago. He was also an avid outdoorsman: he kept in touch with his scouting friends for decades and engaged in bird watching into his nineties. Prof. Pontius died in 2010 at the age of 104. The collection is chiefly comprised of his personal papers. It also includes artwork, photographs and a handful of artifacts.