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Dr. Richard Alfred Waite II (b. 30 Jan 1874, d. 11 Mar 1961)
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Richard Alfred Waite II (son of Richard Alfred Waite and Sarah Elvira Holloway)479, 480 was born 30 Jan 1874 in Buffalo, Erie County, New York480, and died 11 Mar 1961 in St. Louis, Missouri480.He married Olive Reeve on 16 Oct 1901 in Syracuse, New York481, 482, 483, daughter of Hiram Emory Reeve and Caroline Hopper.
Notes for Richard Alfred Waite II:
The following is taken from "Before He Forgets", a biography of R. A. Waite, written by "Kodaya" , or Osbert W. Warmingham , one of my grandfather's associates, member of the faculty, and poet laureate of the American Youth Foundation:
At Buffalo, New York, "Queen City of the Lakes,"
On January thirtieth, eighteen seventy-four,
A son was born
To Sarah Holloway Waite
And Richard Alfred Waite--
The second of their five children and the older of two boys;
He was named after his father,
An architect of renown, whose most famous monument
Is the Ontario Parliament Buildings at Toronto, Canada;
The paternal grandfather was the founder
Of one of Buffalo's daily newspapers,
The maternal grandfather, a stone contractor and paver of streets,
Was the co-introducer with Barber
Of asphalt into the cities of the United States.
Alfred, as the boy was called to distinguish son from sire,
Or "Alf" for short or "Alfalfa" for long,
(Or "Dad" almost entirely after 1915),
Went through the ten grades of the grammar school
Receiving on graduation a Jesse Ketchum medal for scholarship,
And the four years of high school
Where he was full-back on the first football team
In the history of the school,
And was publicly accredited
By the chairman of the Republican County committee
With the election of the high school principal, Henry P. Emerson,
As Superintendent of Education.
From his earliest remembering, and always,
He marveled at the mental brilliance of two neighbor boys--
One somewhat older, Homer S. Cummings,
The Attorney General in the cabinet
Of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt;
And the other, somewhat younger, Harry Emerson Fosdick,
The paragon intellectual preacher of his generation.
Headed from earliest boyhood toward architecture by his father,
His outlook was changed in the summer of 1891,
Under the influence of Miss Allie Martin Hodge,
Toward the ministry.
So in the fall of '95 he reluctantly matriculated
At Cornell University
To fit himself for his career as an architect,
But stricken with typhoid during his freshman year
He had to return home to convalesce;
Persuading his father with great difficulty that it was useless
Further to pursue his architectural course,
He pottered around his father's office
Awaiting an opportunity for some sort of Christian service,
Giving his main attention to the boys
Around the Harbor Mission,
Founded for the sailors and Erie canalers;
Then under the counsel of Rev. Addison W. Hayes
And George W. Maltby, a stone contractor,
He spent the year following September '96
Trying himself out in church work as the minister
At Point Abino, Canada, of a summer-resort chapel
Dedicated to his maternal grandparents,
Where he received twenty dollars a month for his services.
Fully satisfied that the ministry should be his field of service
He entered Syracuse University in the College of Liberal Arts,
Rather than a theological seminary,
In the fall of '97;
During his sophomore and junior years
He held a twofold rural pastorate near Utica, N. Y.
At West Frankfort and West Schuyler,
And in his senior year
Was employed as the first general secretary
Of the college Young Men's Christian Association;
He won his track-letter in the hundred, two-twenty and quarter mile,
Placing in the eastern intercollegiate two twenty in 1899,
And throughout the rest of his life carried a watch
As a member of the winning team
In the Class A mile championship
Of the Penn Relays in 1900;
He was graduated as valedictorian
With Phi Beta Kappa honors
The day after receiving his college diploma,
He became pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church
At Alden, N. Y., where he planned a parsonage
To which to bring his campus-mate bride,
Miss Olive Reeve,
Whom he married October 16, 1901;
Their family numbers five--
Richard Alfred, Jr.
The home-towns have been
Alden and Syracuse, New York,
Wheaton and Evanston, Illinois,
Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri.
After remaining at Alden for nineteen months
He returned to Syracuse University
To resume the general secretaryship there
Of the combined student Y. M. and Y. W. C. A. --
A harbinger of the student pastor:
(there follows a lengthy description of involvement with various YMCA, Sunday School, and high school youth programs)
In 1915 he accepted an invitation to become the minister
Of the First Congregational Church of Lincoln, Nebraska,
Where close affiliation with the Y. M. C. A. was continued
In the suggesting and dedicating of the first specific Hi-Y building,
And where was carried on with Chief of Police Henry Antles
An inside study of juvenile delinquency.
At Easter, 1917, he became associated with John L. Alexander
On the Secondary division staff
Of the International Sunday School Association
With special reference to personality analysis in their camps;
Author of "At Home With Jesus,:
A book of camp-devotions;
Continued, through the merging
Of the International Sunday School Association
And the Sunday School Council of Evangelical Denominations
Into the International Council of Religious Education,
Until an overhead clash over program-principles
Forced a severing of connections in 1923
And brought about the passing
Of the entire Secondary Division committee and staff
Into an independent, state-chartered organization
Called "The American Youth Foundation";
Interrupted the field-work of the Foundation in 1926
To accept the pastorate of the First Congregational Church
At Kansas City, Missouri,
And in 1929 returned to full relationships with the Foundation.
Travelled more than a million miles in young people's work,
Credited with speaking from more high school platforms
Than any other one individual,
Attended over twelve hundred young people's conferences.
( Date to be filled in ------)
His voice was stilled,
But his privileged life satisfyingly acclaimed
In his favorite line of high school translation:
"Part of this I was.All this I saw."
Always cherished was this tribute by John L. Alexander, an original director of the AYF:
"He is an artist, a master-workman in the secret
workshops of youth.He is 'Dad' in the thinking
of thousands.And we say it reverently but convincingly,
in him multitudes of individual boys and girls have
found a growing conception of God and His Fatherhood.
Just, indignant at wrong, forgiving, loving, tender, stern,
pleading, urging, yearning, always impelling to the best--such
is 'Dad' to youth.To his fellows he is a great friend--
appreciative, comradely, challenging, given and taking,
a partner beloved."
A tribute which appeared in "Founder Fire", the newsletter of the American Youth Foundation, at the time of Dad Waite's death, March, 1961, written by P. G. Orwig (Wadjepi), one of the original directors of the AYF:
"Dad Waite is with us no more.He left us Saturday morning, March 11.Three days prior to his death, Dad suffered a severe stroke from which he did not regain consciousness.He passed away with no apparent pain, after eighty-seven years of victorious living, most of which were spent in the service of youth, making straight for them The Way.
"One of Dad's familiar expressions, and one which all of us who knew him heard him make many times, was 'That's just great'.It was meant to be an expression of high approval and commendation of something that had been particularly well done, and the emphasis, as we all recall, was always on the word 'great'.After receiving Horace's (AYF associate) telephone message concerning Dad, a great flood of rich memories of our more than a half century of friendship and close comradeship engulfed me, and the word 'great' came sharply to the fore.Turly, I thought, this word 'great' now becomes a title, and the title belongs to Dad, for he was truly a great soul.
"'Come with me' all you, his friends, and let us enrich our souls in a few of the memories of his greatness.He was
A Great Teacher-Waonspeakiye (The Teacher) -- coiner of terse,
pungent, unforgettable phrases, who planted
rich truths deep in the hearts of youth.
A Great Counselor-Patient, sympathetic, understanding, experienced,
helpful; skillful in helping Out discover their ownbest selves.
A Great Narrator-Highly gifted in the art of graphic use of the story
in illustrating the truths of his message.
A Great Speaker-To youth!Of him, it was said 'He spoke to more high
school assembly audiences than any other man inyouth work.'
A Great Friend-To him, friendship was not a mere word; it was a
deep spiritual link that bound two souls together infruitful adventure.
A Great Student-Of the Bible; constantly seeking, through marginalreference and new revisions, a moreunderstandable key to the scriptures.
A Great Leader-Of youth.He understood them; he knew how totalk to them; he knew their problems and deeper
yearnings.In the camps, wherever there was agroup, there you would find Dad.
A Great Man of God-God was very real and very close to Dad. God and
Dad were friends; shall we ever forget his prayers,revealing the majestic intimacy of this Great Man
and his God!
"Do you believe in immortality?I do.Do you believe that Dad's great and lovable soul is 'marching on', as he climbs 'the steep ascent to heaven?I do.Do you believe that he challenges you and me more than ever before to 'Follow in his train'?I do.
"Then, let us glory in the privilege that was ours of knowing, and loving and learning from this great comrade of The Jesus Way, and thus make our lives more fruitful as we honor his matchless memory."
The American Youth Foundation
"In 1924, the American Youth foundation was born, with John Lawrence Alexander, who became Director March 24, and Preston Green Orwig and Richard Alfred Waite as Associate Directors.The first President was William H. Danforth.After considerable exploration, the location chosen and purchased was found near Shelby and Stony Lake, Michigan.
"These men and other laymen most interested in the program decided to establish the AYF organization and major in Christian leadership of youth.When it was announced that this group of men who had worked with young people had organized a leadership training program, the response was gratifying.The AYF planned a broad program to include young people from the high school, college and university, the Sunday School and Church, the rural areas, the 4-H and FFA and FHA programs, business areas and young people's organizations.
"The camps were named Camp Miniwanca (many waters--Lake Michigan, Stony Lake, Stony Creek) and Camp Merrowvista, named for Lyford A. Merrow, located in New Hampshire.The basic principle and purpose was to be Christian leadership to meet the contemporary needs of youth.
"The terminology:The Founder Fellowship, the Founder Fire, Motto: 'To be my own self at my very best all the time,' based on the scripture Luke 2:52 'And Jesus increasedin wisdom and statureand in favor with God and man' was a balanced four-fold program--a plan to follow in religious, social, mental, and physical areas."--(Minnie Maude Macaulay, "Miniwanca, Camp by the Lake", 1982.)
Four Founders and a Dream--A History of The American Youth Foundation
"The dream was formulated inthe minds of four men, each dedicated to a like cause--the Christian leadership training of youth.Working together in the International Sunday School Association, an interdenominational Protestant organization, the quartet pooled ideas that would soon lead to reality.
"John L. Alexander, known as 'Kinji', Indian for 'Smiling Face', was a professional YMCA youth worker before he became the first national secretary of the Boy Scouts of America in 1910.His work at the Philadelphia Central YMCA was the first to feature Balanced Fourfold Development as it is known today.This is the experience that John L. Alexander used as the head of the young people's division of the International Sunday School Association to help launch the American Youth Foundation.
"Preston G. Orwig, whose Indian name Wadjepi meant 'The Nimble One', worked at several YMCAs as a boy's work leader and was on the staff of the International Sunday School Association.He, too, did much Scout work.He became the Associate Director of the newly formed American Youth Foundation in 1924 and was Director from 1932-1958.
R. A. (Dad) Waite was the first international YMCA Boy's Work Secretary and was also on the staff of the International Sunday School Association.Known widely as a teacher and counselor, his persuasive talks were of great inspiration to youth.
"These three professionals, whose paths crossed in so many places, were joined by the St. Louis businessman, William H. Danforth, Minisino--'The Tried Warrior', founder of the Ralston Purina Company and author of the inspiring book I DARE YOU.His contact with the three was through his chairmanship of the lay committee of the International Sunday School Association.
"What the four wanted to do was to create the total environment in which Christian leadership training of youth could take place--a camp.The first camp, on Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, was started in 1914; the Director--John L. Alexander.
"Ten years later the camp was set up on its present site at Stony Lake, Michigan.Facing the rushing waves of Lake Michigan, the new camp was christened Miniwanca, Indian for 'Many Waters".
".........The non-profit Christian leadership training organization has a sound, basic philosophy for living a fuller life in what is called the Four-fold Way.This Mental-Physical-Social-Religious ideal is derived from Luke 2:52, quoted above.This is the foundation upon which the AYF rests." (Nan Burke, 'Miniwanca Magicbook'. pp. 18-19.)
R. A. Waite was one of the leading spirits in youth work of his time, the first half of the twentieth century.Through his involvement at the two camps of the AYF, Miniwanca and Merrowvista, and through his marathon speaking engagements across the country each year, he touched the lives of thousands of young people.After his retirement from the AYF, he served on the chaplain's staff at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
His interests included Bible study and continued translation of the Scriptures into understandable contemporary verses; story-telling; reading of any kind, with emphasis on Abraham Lincoln; sports--particularly baseball and football; railroading;and stamp collecting.
More About Richard Alfred Waite II:
Burial: Unknown, Cremation.483
More About Richard Alfred Waite II and Olive Reeve:
Marriage: 16 Oct 1901, Syracuse, New York.484, 485, 486
Marriage Notes for Richard Alfred Waite II and Olive Reeve:
The Rev. R. Alfred Waite, jr. of Aldin and Miss Olive Reeve were married at 6 o'clock last evening in the Erwin Memorial church by the Rev. George Fosbinder.The bride was attended by her cousin, Miss Cora Reeve of Livingstone and Phileus M. Holfer of Minoa was best man.The ring was carried by the bride's nephew, Raymond Reeve.The ushers were: Harry S. Williams, Robert Boyce, William Robinson and Matthew L. Dann.As the bridal party entered the church Miss Julia Talbot played the "Lohengrin" wedding march.The church was prettily decorated with autumn foliage.A wedding reception at the house of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herman (sic) Reeve, 1302 Madison St., followed the ceremony.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Waite graduated from the University last June.The groom is pastor of the Methodist church in Alden, where they will make their home. (1)