anti-war satires. Lewis Gorin, however, was nota radical, nor was he anti-military. Membersof his family had a distinguished record ofmilitary service to the country, as attested byhis own future membership in the Society of theCincinnati. When the next war did come along forthe United States in 1941, Gorin volunteered andserved nearly four years as an artillery officer,attaining the rank of major and thereafter servingin the reserves for more than a decade. In 1973 hepublished a second book, The Cannon’s Mouth,about the use of artillery in the world war. All butone of the other members of the executive councilof the Veterans of Future Wars served in the war.The one who didn’t serve had been paralyzed in anauto accident.
A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Lewis Gorinentered Woodberry Forest School in the fall of1931 as a postgraduate. His goal was to preparehimself for admission to Princeton. Headmaster J.
Carter Walker did not like to admit postgraduate
students nor new students into the sixth form,
believing that in just one year an older boy could
not adequately absorb the particular ethos of
the Woodberry community nor
make a meaningful contribution
to it. In the early years of the
Great Depression, however, he
had no choice but to do so. Lewis
Gorin proved to be a good fit with
Woodberry. He was a member of the
junior varsity football and basketball
teams and sang in the choir. He was
a strong student but never broke out
of the honorable mention category on
the monthly honor roll.
His senior write-up in the 1932 FirTree noted that “in a single year hehas won so firm a place in the esteemof his comrades here that his loss afterso brief a time will be doubly felt.”
He was also a loyal alumnus, keepingin touch with Mrs. Evelyn Taylor inthe Alumni Office during his college years andbeyond. His younger brother Standiford followedhim to Woodberry in 1938, graduating in 1940.Lewis Gorin’s business career was with ReynoldsMetals, after which he retired to his Kentuckyhorse farm, where, according to his obituarist, he“continued to amuse his friends with his genialityand once-renowned wit.”
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Gorin volunteers and servesnearly four years as an artilleryofficer. He serves in thereserves for another decade.
Gorin publishes a secondbook, The Cannon’s Mouth,about the use of artillery inthe world war.
In his obituary, The New YorkTimes calls Gorin “the mostfamous collegian in America whodid not actually play football.”
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