Featured Alum: Dr. Harold Arberg

| June 18, 2010

Harold Arberg received his bachelors degree from Princeton in 1940, graduating with honors. He served with the US Army during World War II, then earned a masters (1948) and doctorate (1951) from Teachers College. After returning to active service in 1951, serving in the Korean War, he was assigned to work at the Pentagon; eventually he held the position of music advisor to the Adjunct General. Though he has composed a number of musical works, he is best known for writing lyrics to the “Caisson Song” (music by Edmund Gruber), thus creating the official US Army song. He eventually became Chief of the Office of Arts and Humanities of the Office of Education, of Health, Education, and Welfare, working to increase visibility of arts education in the United States and handle grant requests and funding for national educational systems.