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The Dartmouth Squadron?
On Pearl Harbor Day, let’s celebrate alumni who flew in the Second World War under the College’s colors — in addition to the Stars and Stripes. We have previously noted the existence in the Pacific of a Navy fighter squadron named the Dartmouth Indian Unit. The outfit was mentioned in the Alumni Magazine obituary of one of its members, William H. McElnea Jr. ‘44, but no one seems to know anything about it. In the more recent NYT death notice of 90-year-old Robert L. Steiner ‘45, another Dartmouth formation is noted, a bomber squadron flying in the European Theater of Operations:
Robert L. Steiner, independent economist, former President of Kenner Products Company and Senior Staff Economist at the Federal Trade Commission, died on Saturday, October 26th in Washington, D.C. Raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Steiner graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College. A member of the “Dartmouth Squadron”, Steiner flew 35 missions over Germany, serving as Navigator and First Lieutenant on a B-17 bomber in the 8th Army Air Force during World War II. He was awarded the Air Medal and five clusters After receiving his MA in Economics from Columbia University in 1948, Steiner joined various family-owned manufacturing businesses in Cincinnati, the most successful of which was Kenner Products, Co., the toy manufacturer of which he became president… Steiner’s business experience was the impetus for developing a “dual stage” theory of economics, in which manufacturers and retailers competed both horizontally and vertically and the margins at the two stages were often inversely related. After a lecture at Harvard Business School, Steiner was appointed Senior Staff Economist at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. in 1978. Steiner authored over 40 articles in scholarly journals in antitrust, economics, marketing and advertising. His books include Visions of Cable Vision, 1972. Steiner’s last article, Management, Market and Antitrust will be published in the Antitrust Journal later this year.
A life well lived.
Addendum: It is still the fashion on campus, as it was in my time, to mock the Old Dartmouth as provincial and out-of-touch. But today’s know-it-alls might ask how many present-day students will live a life as extraordinary as the one enjoyed by Robert Steiner ‘45.
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
August 23, 2009
Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
And now Dean Tom Crady has precipitously announced his departure from the College after only 20 months on the job. How to read this? By way of background, prior to coming to Dartmouth, Crady had…
May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
In an interview with The Dartmouth, alumni-elected trustee T.J. Rodgers ‘70 explained his reasons for declining to participate in future evaluations of trustees up for “re-election,” namely the “kangaroo court” nature of such discussion in…