Fall 2000, Volume 37, No. 1

The Mystery of 47
In Full Bloom
The Sagehen Network

Pomona Forum
Being 47

Pomona Today
Say What?
Making a Gleeful Noise
New Professorships
Trustees Named

Sports Report
The Price They Pay

Faculty News
New Faces

Portrait of the Artist

Campaign Update
Community Properties

Alumni Past
The One-Man Air Force

Parlor Talk
Running Against the Wind

Family Tree
The Lorbeer Family

Alumni Profile
The War Room
On Wilderness Time

Alumni Photo Gallery

Alumni Puzzler
Just Say Yes

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The origin of a long and intricate familial relationship with Pomona College traces back to the mid-1800s, when brothers Charles A. and John G. Lorbeer married sisters Aurelia and Emma Wickes. Many descendants of both couples would go on to matriculate at the College.
Among the numerous Sagehens on the Charles A. Lorbeer side of the family were "The Lorbeer Nine," who were the children of Charles I. Lorbeer and Mary Coe and the grandchildren of Charles A. and Aurelia. All nine graduated from Pomona between 1906 and 1924. When Wendell Lorbeer, last of the nine, was about to receive his degree at the 1924 commencement, President James A. Blaisdell suddenly stopped the procession.
"This is a tribute to a noble mother," who shepherded all her children through to graduation, he is said to have told the audience, according to Wendell Lorbeer's daughter, Margarita Lorbeer Horner '49.
Of the many family members on the John G. Lorbeer side to attend the College, six were sons or daughters of Etta Lorbeer Gillette and Daniel "Jay" Gillette. One of those, Lawrence Gillette '14, was an accomplished athlete whose hopes of competing in the Olympics were dashed by the outbreak of World War I. A newspaper of the time described him as "the fastest man in the West," family members say.