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Former Dean Back After Five Years in War Service; Was With I & E Division in ETO


After a five year absence from University Hall, Francis Keppel '88 has returned from the Army and taken up the post of Assistant to the Provost, Paul H. Buck, it was announced by the University yesterday.

In his new capacity, Keppel will handle many of the administrative problems connected with the Provost's office from his office directly adjoining that of Provost Buck's.

Before leaving for war service in March, 1941, Keppel was serving as a baby dean in University Nine under the title of Assistant Dean of Freshmen at Harvard College. He had been in the post from September 1939 to March 1941 at the time of his departure. At the same time he was proctor in Grays Hall.

Was With The I And E

At the time of his separation from the Army in April of this year, Keppel was a first lieutenant serving with the Information and Education division of the War Department in the European Theatre of Operations.

Keppel left Cambridge for Washington in March, 1941, when he accepted the secretaryship of the Joint Army and Navy Committee on Welfare and Recreation of the War and Navy Departments. The committee was set up to improve morale in the armed forces by providing entertainment in and around the camp areas and bettering the communities surrounding military and naval establishments.

From this job, Keppel went as a civilian aide to the director of the Information and Education Division of the War Department.

Private, Corporal, Lieutenant

In May, 1944 he became a private in the U.S. Army and advanced to the rank of corporal before being commissioned a second lieutenant twelve months later.

As an undergraduate, Keppel was President of the Student Council, Chairman of the Red Book, President of the Eliot House Committee, Secretary of Phillips Brooks House, and a member of the Permanent Class Committee.

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