Where did they go to after they had applied at CUA?

Three of the thirty-five applicants were hired at CUA:

The British historian Brian Tierney. The famous medievalist Tierney, a former pilot of the Royal Air Force, stayed at CUA as instructor first, until 1959 when he left to continue his academic career at Cornell University). The third was Hugh Mason Wade. 

State Department, U. S. Navy

However, Wade left CUA already in 1951, taking a diplomatic position in Canada, he would later become a Professor of Canadian Studies at the University of Rochester, NY. Another applicant, Harold Aisley (1916-2006) also entered the diplomatic service after he was rejected by CUA, making a career as international labor specialist. 

Two other applicants returned to the Navy: James Fitzgerald Brewer (born 1916) from Baltimore, and Francis Huntley (1916-68). While Brewer taught for many years at the Naval Academy in Annapolis and as adjunct at Loyola College in his home town, Huntley returned to the Navy after his academic career had not materialized. Ziegler declined Huntley who had taught at St. Mary’s in Los Angeles, because, as he said, the department was “well equipped” with Colonial and Latin American historians”. Huntley than returned to the Navy, fought in Korea and Vietnam where he died in 1968. 

Academic careers 

Less than a third of the applicants had a very successful academic career: 

Marvin Becker (1922-2004), an internationally known specialist of 15th century Florence who started to teach at the University of Michigan after he was not accepted by CUA. 

Daniel Doyle McGarry (1907-99) was a Californian with a PhD from UCLA (1940). During the war, he taught in Ohio and Indiana (Bloomington), from where he applied as assistant professor in 1950. He then continued to teach at St Louis where he stayed until 1976. John Betts (1917-71), a U.S. Army veteran, found a position at Boston College, where he became famous as one of the leader historians of sports. Betts had a PhD from Columbia and started to teach in South Dakota and at Tulane (1948-52), before moving to Boston College in 1954. It seems as he applied at CUA in order to be closer to the North Eastern center of U. S. academia like many other applicants. His 1951 dissertation “Organized Sport in Industrial America” was a pioneer work. 

Georg Iggers, as mentioned above, and Dvornik, made successful academic careers but only a couple of years after they had applied at CUA. 

Trimble first taught at Loyola University, Chicago (1955-80), then ending his career at Reed College in Oregon. 

McCoy first worked at the National Archives in Washington, DC before he received a teaching position at the University of Kansas. Another applicant, William L Winter, was assistant professor at the University of Kansas when he applied in 1949. He later taught at Central Connecticut State College, New Britain.

Doehler taught first at St Agnes and later at Loyola College in Baltimore. 

James J Doherty was an assistant professor at Boston College, but we could not find out what happened to him afterwards. His name is so common that he is difficult to identify! 

Roohan applied when he was assistant professor at Iowa City but his Yale PhD on the Social of Catholics was only published in 1976.  Most probably, he had left Iowa City without tenure and started a career outside of academia. 

Freiberg made a name as editor of the Massachusetts Colonial Society. He was a specialist of the life of Thomas Hutchinson, an 18th-century loyalist governor of Massachusetts Bay. He probably applied at CUA to be close to the National Archives or the Library of Congress. 

The case of Rev Philipp Hughes was different. Ziegler wrote Hughes on May 1950 telling him that the Department was “enthusiastic about the possibility” that Rev. Hughes would join it for a year. Hughes was the author of a three-volume History of the Church (published 1934) and a History of the Reformation in England (also three volumes). When Ziegler wrote him, Hughes worked as the archivist for the Archdiocese of Westminster. He remained in London until 1955 when he was offered a post as professor of reformation history at the University of Notre Dame where he remained until his death in 1967. Another priest, Rev Bender, applied but was turned down. He continued to teach afterwards at the Princeton Theological Seminary. 

Howard Strott, an Air Force veteran, had an M. A. from Loyola College, Baltimore, when he applied at CUA. After being rejected, he continued to study at the National University of Santiago, Chile, where he also opened a restaurant. In 1949, he returned to Baltimore and taught history at an Elementary School. At his retirement in 1981, he was principal of William Paca Elementary School in Baltimore. 

One of the oldest applicants, Eugene Quay (born 1892 in DC) had an M. A. from CUA (1913) and was first Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. After serving in World War I, he became a famous lawyer in Chicago, and member of the American Law Institute. Why he asked for a teaching position at CUA History Department around 1950, is unclear. 

We don’t know 

For eight of the thirty-five or less than a quarter of the applicants, we could not figure out where they went after they had applied and been declined by CUA. The main reason for this was their name that was more common which made it very hard to identify them.