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Miller, Char, 1951-

  • LCNAF n 82026079
  • Person
  • 1951-

Franklin Lubbock Miller IV (Char Miller) was born in 1951. He received a BA in History and Political Studies from Pitzer College, and an MA and PhD in History from Johns Hopkins University. Miller taught at Trinity University from 1981-2009, serving as Chair of the History Department and Director of Urban Studies. In 2002 he was named a Piper Professor, an award from the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation for excellence in teaching and service to higher education in Texas. He also held the prestigious Dr. and Mrs. Z.T. Scott Faculty Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching. Miller is now the W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis at Pomona College. He is a Senior Fellow at the Pinchot Institution for Conservation and a Follow of the Forest History Society. Miller has authored numerous books and articles about environmental history and ecology.

Lewis, Earl M.

  • Person
  • 1919-2013

Dr. Earl M. Lews was born in McComb, Mississippi on December 2, 1919 and died Saturday, October 13, 2013 in Houston, Texas. He received the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Tougaloo College, 1942; Master of Arts in American History, Loyola University, Chicago, 1948; Doctor of Philosophy, Political Science, University of Chicago, 1951; Legum Doctor, Our Lady of the Lake University, 1978; and honorary doctorate, Incarnate Word College, now University of the Incarnate Word, 1989. He was a visiting professor at Howard Unviersity and served as chair of the Department of Political Science at Prairie View A&M College before becoming the Founding Director of the Graduate Urban Studies Program at Trinity University in 1968. He served in that role from 1968 to 1973 and was appointed George W. Brackenridge Distinguished Professor of Urban Studies in 1982. Lewis retired from Trinity University in 1990 and was a professor in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas at San Antonio in the early 1990s.

Lewis was Trinity University's first tenured African American professor.Over the course of his 22-year tenure, Lewis and his colleagues trained and mentored more than 250 men and women to work in the public and private sectors, opening the way for them to contribute to the governance of this region, and far beyond. Graduates of the program routinely became city planners and city managers in major metropolitan areas across the country or attained other professional positions in state and federal government agencies and private economic development corporations..

He was the author of numerous publications and was active on local, state, and national boards and commissions, including the Coalition for the Education of Black Children and Youth in Texas, Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, and the Texas Urban Development Commission. In 1981 he was named the George Brackenridge Distinguished Professor of Urban Studies at Trinity, the first to hold the newly established professorship. He was twice nominated by Trinity for National Professor of the Year. His many honors included the Award for Service to the State of Texas by Texas Ministers for Social Progress in 1976 and the Brotherhood Award by the San Antonio chapter of the National Council of Christians and Jews in 1978. He was also a recipient of the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation Piper Professor award and a member of the Charter Revision Committee of the City of San Antonio, among other honors and civic activities.

Hardman, Henry, Sir, 1905-2001

  • Person
  • 1905-2001

Sir Henry Hardman, KCB 1962 (CB 1956) was born December 15, 1905. He is the son of the late Harry Hardman of Old Trafford, Manchester, and the late Bertha Cook Hardman. He married Helen Diana, daughter of the late Robert Carr Bosanquet of Rock, Alnwick, Northumberland, and Ellen Sophia Bosanquet. He had one son, John Paul, born February 18, 1947, and two daughters, Anna Margaret, born January 22, 1945, and Charlotte Elizabeth, born December 29, 1947.

Sir Henry was educated at Manchester Central High School, and the University of Manchester. He was Lecturer for the Workers' Educational Association from 1929-1934, and Tutor in Economics at the University of Leeds from 1934-1945. He received an honorary LLD from the University of Manchester in 1965.

He joined the Ministry of Food in 1940; was Deputy Head of the British Food Mission to North America from 1946-1948; Under-Secretary, Ministry of Food, 1948-1958; Minister, United Kingdom Permanent Delegation to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Paris, 1953-1954; Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, 1955-1960; Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Aviation, 1960; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Aviation, 1961-1963; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, 1963-1964; Permanent Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence, 1964-1966.

He was a Member of the Monopolies Commission, 1967-1970 (Deputy Chairman, 1967-1968); Chairman, Committee of Enquiry into the Post Office Pay Dispute, 1971; Consultant to the Civil Service Department on the dispersal of government work from London, 1971-1973 (report published in 1973); Chairman, Co- vent Garden Market Authority, 1967-1975; Chairman, Home-Grown Cereals Authority, 1968-1977; Member of the Intervention Board for Agricultural Produce since 1972; Governor and Trustee, Reserve Bank of Rhodesia, 1967-1979.

Hardman died in 2001.

DeCoursey, Elbert, 1902-1994

  • LCNAF no2010089866
  • Person
  • 1902-1944

Major General Elbert "Frenchy" DeCoursey, M.D., was born in Ludlow, Kentucky, on April 12, 1902. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky in 1924 and an MD degree at Johns Hopkins in 1928. He interned at Brooke Army Hospital at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio and was commissioned a First Lieutenant in the Army Medical Corps in 1929.

A pathologist, DeCoursey held various positions in the United States Army. He was the Director of the Army Group Joint Commission for the Investigation of Effects of the Atomic Bomb in Nagasaki, Japan; consultant for the Division of Biology and Medicine for the Atomic Energy Commission; commandant of the Army Medical Service Research and Graduate School (now Walter Reed Institute of Research); Director of Armed Forces Institute of Pathology; and Chancellor of Army Medical Service School at Ft. Sam Houston (now US Army Academy of Health Sciences). DeCoursey rose through the ranks of commissioned officers, and was named a Major General in 1954.

In 1959 DeCoursey retired from military service and became the Director of Scientific Research at Trinity University. He also lectured regularly at the National Institute of Health, the University of Texas Health Science Center, and Baylor University. DeCoursey was the Director of the National Board of Medical Examiners from 1948-1955, Director of the Texas Heart Association, and a trustee of the Southeast Texas Methodist Hospital.

DeCoursey was awarded the Legion of Merit in 1945, was a Diplomat of the American Board of Pathology, and a Fellow of the College of American Pathologists. He was also awarded the Caldwell Award in pathology in 1960 and the Bronze Medal from the American Association of Pathologists and Bacteriologists in 1962. DeCoursey was also a ruling elder of the First Presbyterian Church in San Antonio. DeCoursey was married to Esther F. DeCoursey, who was involved in various San Antonio charities. Dr. DeCoursey passed away on December 4, 1994.

Kelly, William M., 1874-1957

  • Person
  • 1874-1957

William M. Kelly was born October 14, 1874 in Carrollton, Missouri, one of eight children. Kelly attended Trinity University in Tehuacana, Texas from 1891 through 1897. While at Trinity, Kelly was involved in the Timotheans society. He graduated from medical school at the University of Nashville in 1899, and was ordained a minister in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church on May 9, 1899. Rev. Kelly departed for China as a medical missionary on September 19, 1899, working under the auspices of the Cumberland Presbyterian China Mission. He married Carrie Goodrich, a missionary associated with the Foreign Christian Missionary Society, on August 22, 1900 in Shanghai. Mrs. Kelly passed away in December 1901. He again married in 1903, to Grace Miller Hill, a Methodist missionary born in Northern Ireland. Grace and William had five children; one passed away in childhood. Grace returned to the United States with their surviving children around 1922, and passed away in 1972. Rev. Kelly married his third wife, Mu Yi Chi, sometime in the 1930s. They moved to Inner Mongolia and had three children. During World War II, Rev. Kelly and his family were interned by the Japanese in Wihsien from 1943-1945. Two of Kelly's children were sent to the United States in 1948 to be raised by foster families. Despite pressure from Communist leaders, Rev. Kelly remained in Beijing, distributing bibles and operating an "underground church" until his death on June 22, 1957. He is buried at the Seven Trees Foreign Cemetery. His youngest child, Daniel Kelly, was then 16 years of age and attempted to flee China. He was stopped by border guards and was forced to serve twenty-one years in forced labor camps because he refused to renounce his American citizenship. Authorities allowed him to leave China in 1978; he arrived in America in 1979.

Baker, Paul, 1911-2009

  • LCNAF n 93033236
  • Person
  • 1911-2009

Paul Baker was born in 1911 in Hereford, Texas. His family moved to Waxahachie when Baker was eight years old. Baker graduated from Trinity University with a degree in drama in 1932. He continued his studies at Yale University, earning his master's degree in 1939. Baker married Sallie Kathryn "Kitty" Cardwell in 1936; they had three children. During World War II Baker served in the United States Army as a Special Services Entertainment Officer. He received the Legion of Merit Award in 1945 for his work reorganizing the entertainment branch in the European Theater of Operations.

Paul Baker's teaching career began as a drama professor at Baylor University in 1934. He established a standalone drama department at Baylor in 1940, and served as the inaugural chair of the department. Baker designed Studio One, a state-of-the-art theater facility at Baylor in 1941. In 1963, controversy arose when Baker produced Eugene O'Neill's "Long Days Journey into Night" without censoring the language. After Baker was reprimanded by the Baylor administration, the entire drama department faculty resigned in protest. Baker and his fellow faculty members then moved to San Antonio to establish the theater department at Trinity University, where he taught until his retirement in 1976. Baker founded the Dallas Theater Center and Graduate School of Drama in 1959. He taught graduate courses at the Dallas Theater Center from 1959 to 1982, and collaborated with Frank Lloyd Wright to design and build the Kalita Humphreys Theater for the organization.

Baker was well known for his Integration of Abilities curriculum for teaching drama. Published in 1972, they are based on the "elements of form": space, movement, color, silhouette, line, sound/silence, rhythm, shape, and texture. This curriculum promotes a philosophy of individual creativity.

Baker resided on his Central Texas ranch in retirement, and was awarded the Texas Medal of Arts in 2007 for his contributions to arts education across the state. He passed away in 2009.

Baker, Kitty

  • LCNAF no 96016277
  • Person
  • 1912-2014

Pelzer, Karl J. (Karl Josef), 1909-1980

  • LCNAF n 83021344
  • Person
  • 1909-1980

Karl Pelzer was born in Oberpleis, Germany in 1909, and graduated from the University of Bonn, receiving his doctorate there in 1935. After coming to the United States, he taught at the University of California at Berkeley and at Johns Hopkins University. During World War II he was with the Office of War Information. From 1945-1947 he worked for the Department of Agriculture, in its office of foreign agricultural relations, and he was part of a unit that toured Japan, the Philippines and the East Indies to study the effects of war on agriculture. He was a member of the Yale University faculty from 1947 until his retirement in 1977, and was for many years the director of Southeast Asia Studies. Pelzer was an authority on land use and the demographics of tropical regions, particularly Southeast Asia. He was the author of Population and Land Utilization and Pioneer Settlement in the Asiatic Tropics. He died at his home in North Haven, Connecticut at the age of 71.

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