Dr. Walter F. Dexter, left, president of Whittier College, and former first lady Lou Henry Hoover, right, lead a group of people to the commencement ceremony. Mrs. Hoover and her son, Allan Hoover, were distinguished guests.
W. G. Rich (known as Bill Rich in Whittier), prominent Whittier businessman and founder, in 1921, of the Howling Hundred, an organization that supported Whittier high school and college athletics, posing in mid howl. He wears a pin on his lapel that reads, "Whittier's Howling Hundred 100 Life Member."
William O. Mendenhall was installed as the president of Whittier College in a ceremony on September 21, 1934. Among the distinguished guests were Lou Henry Hoover, Dr. Robert L. Kelly, and Rufus B. von KleinSmid.
Dr. Robert L. Kelly, executive secretary of the Association of American Colleges, stands at the podium in the outdoor amphitheater at Whittier College. The rest of the distinguished guests sit behind him and the orchestra can be seen in the background.
Former First Lady Mrs. Lou Henry (Herbert) Hoover attends her first annual session of the Whitter College executive board as trustee after her appointment in January, 1935. Along with her in the photograph is the president of Whittier College, Dr. William Orville Mendenhall [she was also present at his appointment in 1934]. The session was held in his office at Founder's Hall on the college campus.
Mrs. Lou Henry Hoover, wife of former President Herbert Hoover receives a bouquet of flowers from Mrs. Ethel L. Dexter as Dr. Walter Friar Dexter, President of Whittier College (1923-1934) looks on. Mrs. Hoover attended the 30th commencement ceremony at the college where she had earlier been awarded an honorary degree of Doctorate of Literature.