1940-1949

Women War Workers Poster

Poster photographed from the back of a streetcar, advertising war training classes at the Norfolk Division of William and Mary and Virginia Polytechnic Institute, circa 1941-1945. Source: ODU Photographic Collection, RG 32, Special Collections and University Archives.

1941-1945: During World War II, the Norfolk Division offers free classes for women to help with the war effort

 

Foreign Relations Club

Foreign Relations Club Group Photo, circa 1945-1946. Source: Voyager, 1946, Special Collections and University Archives.

1945: Student organizations geared toward international studies start to emerge on campus including the Foreign Relations Club, Greek Club, and the Spanish Club

Staff members - Mrs. Arrieta, Mr. Thayer, and Mr. Parkes

Marie C. Arrieta (center), shown with Mr. Thayer and Mr. Parks, circa 1948. Source: ODU Photographic Collection, RG 32, Special Collections and University Archives.

1947: Maria C. Arrieta, who received her B.A. from the University of Puerto Rico, becomes the first known Hispanic faculty member at the Norfolk Division of William & Mary

 

Phillip Lee

Phillip Lee Yearbook Photo, 1947. Source: Voyager, 1947, Special Collections and University Archives.

June 1947: Phillip Lee becomes the first known student of Asian descent to graduate from the Norfolk Division of William & Mary

R.O.T.C. Unit

Army ROTC unit at William & Mary in Norfolk, 1950. Source: ODU Photographic Collection, RG 32, Special Collections and University Archives.

1948: The Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) is established but discontinues two years later as a result of the Korean War. It is reestablished in 1969. A Naval ROTC program is established in 1982