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Robert Willoughby ’47, conscientious objector, speaks about starvation experiments March 20 and 21

Robert Willoughby ’47 returns to his alma mater for two events featuring his personal experiencesRobert Willoughby'47 speaks about starvation experiments
as a conscientious objector during the Second World War.  Both events are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, March 20
7:30 p.m.
Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies
“Starvation Volunteer:  A Conversation with an Elizabethtown Alumnus”
Jeff Bach, director of the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, will facilitate a discussion with Robert Willoughby’47 about his experience as a conscientious objector during World War II and his participation in U.S. government research on human starvation. Audience participation is encouraged.  

Wednesday, March 21
11 a.m.
Gibble Auditorium in Esbenshade Hall
"Fasting for Victory:  An E-town Alumnus Shares his Stories"
This mid-morning event features an introduction by Provost Susan Traverso, followed by Dr. Diane Bridge, Biology, interviewing Robert Willoughby ’47 about the government experiments he endured. Donald Kraybill, senior fellow at the Young Center, will explore Willoughby’s Church of the Brethren heritage, conscientious objection to war, civilian public service and memories of Elizabethtown College. 

Robert Willoughby’47 majored in sociology while attending Elizabethtown College. He went on to earn a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Chicago. Willoughby taught middle school in Maryland for most of his professional life, before retiring in 1984. He has remained connected to the Church of the Brethren since his days as a conscientious objector. - read more about scientifically controlled programs conducted during the 1940s, which tested the impact of wartime diets on human volunteers. 

Photo Credit:  Digital image from the C.D. Smith Papers in Civilian Public Service: Personal Papers & Miscellaneous Material (DG 056), Swarthmore College Peace Collection, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania




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