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William B. Bristol ( North Cascades 1945 )

posted: Nov 1, 2020

Willie, 88, died October 24, 2003, in Schenectady, New York. He was born April 13, 1915 and was a member of the Lutheran Church. Willie’s father died when Willie was 12 and his mother, working as a clerk, put him and his brother (a pastor) through college. He was drafted into Civilian Public Service in 1942 from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and his occupation at the time was listed as “History Professor.” Willie jumped at North Cascades during the 1945 season and left CPS in 1946.

After graduating from Gettysburg College, he earned his Ph.D. in History from the University of Pennsylvania. He was a visiting professor at the University of Puerto Rico for one year and taught at Princeton University before coming to Union College in 1948 to teach Latin American History.

Professor Bristol traveled extensively in Central and South America. He made several trips to pursue research on protestant missionary activities in Colombia and investigated fruit companies in Costa Rica and Honduras. Professor Bristol led several Union College student groups to Bogota, Colombia. He wrote a monograph on Cuba for the American Friends Service Committee and reviewed more than 45 books for Choice, a leader in academic reviews. He was a frequent speaker locally on non-violence and on Latin American topics.