Norwich University names drive on campus for distinguished alumnus Reginald Cram
Norwich University honored the memory of alum and former member of the Board of Trustees, Reginald Cram, by giving a road on campus his name. The entrance leading to the National Guard Armory on the south end of the University was officially designated Reginald Cram Drive at a brief ceremony on October 27.
Reginald Cram graduated from Norwich in 1936. While a cadet at the University he was involved in many activities, including Theta Chi, Pegasus Players, Glee Club, Band, basketball, and the Vermont National Guard. After graduating from Norwich, Cram was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant Calvary Reserve, and worked in the Adjutant General's Office before World War II. Cram was an Assistant USP & DO until he accepted a regular commission in the U.S. Air Force. Cram retired as an Air Force Colonel in June 1964, and was federally recognized as a Major General subsequent to his initial election as Adjutant General.
General Cram's military awards include the Legion of Merit, USAF and US Army; the Air Medal, both Air Force and Navy; the Joint Commendation Medal; both Army and Air Force Commendation Medals; the USAF Distinguished Service Medal; the Vermont National Guard Distinguished Service Medal; Department of Defense and Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badges, and five campaign stars and a bronze arrowhead.
General Cram served as a Norwich Trustee from 1971-1988 and also served as a Class Agent. He received a Distinguished Alumni Award as a result of his service.
Cram, who died on August 6, 2004, is survived by his wife, Betty; his daughters, Robin and Jane; six grandchildren; and 10 great -grandchildren.
"Since the establishment of the Readiness and Regional Technology Center in May of 2003, the facility has provided critical resources to the Vermont National Guard and to the students of Norwich University," Norwich University President Richard Schneider told the crowd gathered for the dedication ceremony. "This project has served to further cement a long and great relationship between Norwich and the Vermont National Guard. Consequently, it is only fitting that the road to this Center is named after a man who dedicated his life to these two great institutions. In your memory, we thank you, General Cram. You will forever be in our hearts."