In a 1928 letter to William Allen, president of Lafayette College, Marietta College President Edward Parsons asked about the teaching ability of a young alumnus of that Pennsylvania liberal arts college who was interested a one-year teaching position in the Mathematics Department.
“(He) is a little man with a good head on his shoulders,” Allen replied. “He is a competent mathematician and is prepared in mechanical drawing. He knows of the mathematics of surveying and could get experience in fieldwork in our summer school for engineers. He is a man of excellent character and unusual industry and dependability.”
And with that, the young John Sandt was hired as an instructor of mathematics at Marietta College for the 1928-29 academic year.