University Students Mourn Lost Mates
Lake Shore News (Wilmette, Illinois), 3 Oct 1912, p. 2

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The summer just ended was marked by the tragic deaths of three of Northwestern's former students. All three were men of high character and ability and their loss has been a hard blow to many friends as well as to the university at large. All were well-known and liked, whose lives were full of promise for things to come. Their premature death is a cause of deep regret to all who knew them. On Aug. 22 Homer B. Armbruster of Springvield, Ill., died a victim of ptomaine poisoning. Armbruster entered Northwestern in the fall of 1909 and was a member of the class of '13 for two years, when ill health forced him to leave school. He was prominent in all kinds of school activities, being especiallly interested in newspaper work. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta and Pyramid fraternities and was one of the most popular and influential members of his class. Rufus F. Dawes of Evanston was one of the most widely known and highly respected young men who ever attended Northwestern. He was a very popular fellow, prominent not only in social and athletic circles, but also in Christian and charitable work. He was in school for one year at Northwestern and had finished two more years at Princeton last June. He was drowned while on a short vacation at Lake Geneva during the early part of September. Another name added to the long list of drownings was that of William Burkhard, a student at Northwestern during the last semester of last year. Burkhard, who matriculated at Colorade University, met his death while in swimming near Odessa, Mo. He had spent his summer as cashier of the Redpath-Vawter Chautauqua company and was intending to return to Northwestern in the fall. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and played in the University Band. Though a quiet fellow, he was everywhere well liked and will be greatly missed by his many friends.

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University Students Mourn Lost Mates