Lora Aldus Hutchens · 1985

Considered “The Thinker” of the charter members of Sigma Delta Chi, Aldis Hutchens was born on September 24, 1883, in Sheridan, Indiana. During his DePauw years he was literary editor of the DePauw weekly paper and later senior editor of the DePauw Daily. He was secretary and president of the YMCA and president of the University Chorus. He also worked on the Athletic Board and in the Press Club. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1909. Perhaps anticipating Hutchens’ predilection for the printed work, his senior yearbook notes that “there is something finer in the man than anything he says.”

He remained at DePauw as instructor of English literature until 1911, when he left for graduate study at the University of Chicago, earning a master’s degree from there in 1916. He taught high school in Colorado Springs from 1916-1919. He then went to New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, as an English teacher, later becoming head of the English Department until his retirement in 1953.

While in that position Hutchens taught a course in methods of teaching high school English at Northwestern University. He also taught an evening course for the American Institute of Banking in Chicago. He died June 8, 1974.


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