Editors Note: These are the remarks delivered by Robert Skotheim at the Centennial Celebration for Fauntleroy School that was held on May 21. Skotheim, an alumnus of the school was one of the featured speakers at the event, and went on to become President of Whitman College, Director of the Huntington Library, and winner of the Guggenheim Fellowship for Humanities. His remarks are reproduced here with his permission.
By Robert Allen Skotheim
I want to take us back 75 years to 1942, World War II, the beginning of the most important years in Fauntleroy for the oldest of us gathered here today. Though a tragic event in many ways, the Second World War enhanced life for most Americans, including those in Fauntleroy, bringing them out of the Great Depression and ushering in the prosperity of the post-war era.