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Walking Club

The Walking Club, a group of scholars who gathered on Saturday afternoons for hiking, canoeing, and baseball, was founded by this world-class scholar and classics professor.

Who was the professor?

Answer: William Abbott Oldfather

He led the group from 1909 until his death in 1945. Ironically, Oldfather, an expert canoeist, drowned on one of the outings when his canoe capsized.

Image 0000946 courtesy of the University of Illinois Archives.

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