Chris Barnett, ‘97
Chris Barnett used his hands to leave Albion with every school receiving record. He graduated with the school standards for most receptions, yards and touchdown catches in a season and career.
A three-time all-MIAA pick, he led the league in receiving yards in 1994 and 1995 and ranked second in 1996. He hauled in eight touchdown passes in 1994 to finish second in the league in scoring. In all, Chris rolled up 1,289 yards and 17 touchdowns in 15 contests against MIAA rivals from 1994-96.
His career totals were 149 receptions for 2,534 yards and 28 touchdowns. In fact, he was the first Briton receiver to roll up 2,000 career receiving yards.
His best game came in the Britons’ 51-9 non-league romp over DePauw on Sept. 29, 1996. He matched Bob Basselman’s record for most receptions in a game with 11 and he tacked on the records for receiving yards in a game with 282 and the longest touchdown reception at 93 yards.
Currently residing in Madison Heights, Chris is a sales manager for Belmont Equipment and Technologies. He and his wife, Lisa, are the parents of Parker, Payton, and Andrew.
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Albion’s World War II Honor Roll
‘These Dead Shall
Not Have Died in Vain’
Pilot Jack Garlent, ’40, proudly displayed his Albion ties on the plane he flew in combat over Europe. He was killed Sept. 9, 1944 while strafing a supply train over Wetzler, Germany.
The military draft meant that male students were exceedingly scarce on Albion's campus during most of the War. (Pleiad)
In the Report of the President, December 21, 1945, President William Whitehouse recounted the impact of World War II on the Albion College campus community: “Over 1,000 alumni participated as members of the armed forces in this global struggle. In addition, a large number were in the war effort filling non-military appointments.” Sadly, 41 were reported as either killed in action or missing. The list of those who lost their lives appears below.
Now, history professor Wesley Dick and Chris Blaker, ’14, have begun an effort to provide formal recognition of these servicemembers through a campus memorial. For more information, contact Wesley Dick at
Alumni are encouraged to send the names and details of service of any other alumni who were in the military during World War II via e-mail to
or via postal mail to: Editor, Io Triumphe!, Albion College, 611 E. Porter St., Albion, MI 49224. This information will be housed in the College Archives and remain part of the memorial project.
Albion’s World War II Honor Roll
(Names appear in the order reported.)
- Dwight Barney, ’33
- Lawrence Peretto, ’40
- Fray Albert McMillan, ’38
- John R. Gray, ’43
- Ens. William Cuthbertson, ’38
- Sgt. Richmond S. Clark, ’35
- Lt. John N. Gessinger, ’39
- Paul Thurston Roberts, ’39
- Lt. D. Roberts Schmidt, ’42
- Donald S. Wright, ’46
- Lt. G. Arthur Blanchard, Jr., ’41
- Cpl. Maurice G. Kosier, ’45
- Lt. Harry Allchin, ’44
- Ens. Thomas Yuill, ’39
- Lt. Ralph Lindemann, ’41
- Sgt. George E. Dean, Jr., ’42
- Cpl. Armand Federico, ’45
- Capt. Richard L. Peckham, ’35
- Major Lewis A. Weimer, ’37
- Lt. John H. Garlent, ’40
- Capt. Arthur Shapiro, ’40
- Clifford Jayson, ’44
- John B. Hoffman, ’46
- Cpl. Ogle L. Long, Jr., ’44
- Major Herman M. Lord, ’34
- Capt. Herbert Kaufman, ’35
- Bruce R. Handeyside, ’39
- Stanley Carrick, ’45
- Pvt. Jack Poppen, ’46
- Robert Rafelson, ’37
- Lt. Arnold M. Boe, ’41
- Lt. (j.g.) Howard Simons, ’41
- Lt. Robert Simpson, ’43
- Herman C. Crowe, ’34
- Robert L. Clark, ’43
- A/C Donald McCall, ’46
- Capt. Cyril G. Browne, ’37
- Ens. Franklin Ward DeYoung, ’43
- Ens. Robert L. Harper, ’44
- Cpl. John H. Waite, ’44
- Lt. Neil Hebinger, ’44
Editor’s note: Those reported as missing were eventually determined to be killed in action.
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