Dr. Kidess, the faculty advisor, is standing in the center of the first row. Two of the listed names are illegible and the back names seven students missing from the picture. Dr. Attallah Alexander “Ted” Kidess was born in Jerusalem on December 25, 1910. He earned his BS in pre-medicine from Queens College in Oxford, England (1933), his MA in physical education from Springfield College (1935), and his doctorate from Springfield College (1958). From 1935 to 1947, he served as director of health, physical education, recreation and athletics at the Jerusalem YMCA. During this time, he coached the country’s national soccer team and national tennis team. He also coached and captained the Middle East Soccer Team during the 1936 Olympics. Kidess returned in 1948 as a faculty member to Springfield College, where he dedicated himself to international education. He served the college in a variety of capacities, perhaps most notably as the founder and director of the Doggett International Center, until his retirement in 1978. Dr. Kidess passed away on May 25, 1999.
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