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A Letter from India

Walter Scudder IV, a student at Eastern Connecticut University and a Scudder Association Foundation scholarship winner, returned home in mid-January from a memorable trip to Scudder-supported facilities in India. He is the great-great-grandson of Reverend Walter Scudder who founded Walter Scudder High School. Here\’s his account of the visit.

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Remembering the 1912 Founders of the Scudder Association with Their Vision of Connection: How They Gathered 20th Century Scudders to the Family Circle and to Support Its India Legacy

On February 22, 1912, three gentlemen with the surname of Scudder sent out a Call to “the Scudders of America” with the mission statement of their vision of “summoning the Scudder Clan to a gathering in New York for the purpose” to organize the descendants of the “sturdy Pioneer Puritans, Thomas of Salem and John of Barnstable” into a cause bigger than themselves,

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1917 Letter from S. D. Scudder [Jr.], President, Scudder Association of America to the Members

To The Scudders (Everywhere) Greeting: Referring to my letter of May 1, our sixth annual gathering took place on May 19, as scheduled. While nearly 150 replies were received in response to the call, unusual circumstances made the actual attendance smaller than in recent years.

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A Group of Scudders Founded Scudder Memorial Association in 1911 to Raise Funds for the Construction of a New Scudder Memorial Hospital to Replace the Worn-out Facility of 1866

The Scudder Memorial Association was founded in 1911, the year prior to the founding of the Scudder Association of America in 1912. In 1913, Mrs. John L. Scudder wrote a history of the Scudder Memorial Association stating that it was founded on 10 March 1911 for two reasons: “to honor the Rev. John Scudder, M.D., for his self-sacrificing work as a pioneer medical missionary in India

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Judge Townsend Scudder II Founder and First President of the Scudder Association 1912

JUDGE TOWNSEND SCUDDER 1865–1960 Served as First president of the Scudder Association in 1912 and again in 1924
Lineage: Townsend8 Scudder II (Townsend7 I, Henry6, Lt. Henry5, Timothy4 II, Timothy3 I, Thomas2, Jr., Thomas1 (T)). Spouse: Married Mary Dannet Thayer, 3 June 1891. Mary was b. 26 November 1866, daughter of George A. Thayer.

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Bios for Seven Additional Presidents of the Scudder Association During the First Ten Years 1913–1922

As historian David McCullough said, “Personality is often the determining factor of why things turn out the way they do.” Therefore, these brief biographies that follow, compiled from the Scudder Association Archives and other artifacts and sources, explain why these early leaders of the Association were successful and were met with great enthusiasm by its members.

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