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Lauderdale, Ursula Hall (1872-1968)

  • Person
  • 1872-1968

Ursula Hall Lauderdale was born in Moberly, Missouri on July 29, 1872. She moved to Texas at a young age with her family, first residing in Gainesville and then Fort Worth. She moved to New York City and attended the Art Students League of New York and the Metropolitan Arts Studio. Her instructors included Michel Jacobs, William Devol, Robert Henri, Maurice Braun, and Frank Reaugh. She returned to North Texas and married attorney and Dallas county judge Edward Seay Lauderdale (1861-1930) around 1899. They lived in the Munger Place neighborhood of Old East Dallas and Highland Park. She was an art instructor at the Bush Temple of Fine Arts, a music conservatory, throughout the 1920s. During this time, she was most celebrated for the creation of a stained-glass window titled "Ruth" in the City Temple Presbyterian Church. Lauderdale was also involved in the Southwestern Chautauqua movement in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Lauderdale joined the faculty of Trinity University (then located in Waxahachie) as an art instructor for one year in 1928. She and Edward Lauderdale divorced in 1929, following her divorce she was briefly married to P.H. Rahl. They moved to San Antonio in 1930, and she set up a kiln and studio in the Menger Hotel, focusing on tile painting and oils. Lauderdale was part of the WPA Index of American Design Federal Arts Project, contributing several watercolor depictions of early American folk art. She was part of the first decade of studio artists in reimagined La Villita, setting up shop in 1946. In her La Villita studio she taught classes in portrait and china painting. She was a member of the Texas and National League of Pen Women and several art leagues. She passed away at the age of 95 in 1968. Lauderdale is considered to be an Texas impressionist painter, focusing on landscape and still-life, but is also identified as a “practical” folk artist working with wood, china, glass.

Butler, Richard

  • Person

Dr. Richard Butler, Professor Emeritus of Economics, taught at Trinity University for 34 years. During his first year Butler was assigned chairmanship of the General Education Committee during the process of developing and adopting a new common curriculum. He served on the University Common Curriculum Committee from 1982-2001. He also served as chair of the Economics Department for 12 years, was Acting Director of Urban Studies for a time, chair of Business Administration for three years, and as the founding Interim Dean of the School of Business. He retired from teaching in 2016 and as of 2020 is the University’s Alumni Engagement Coordinator.

McLeskey, Benjamin Gilbert

  • Person
  • 1834-1885

Benjamin Gilbert McLeskey was born near Dresden, Tennessee, July 24, 1834. He was made a ruling elder in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church around the age of eighteen. After a brief time of studying law, he joined the Obion Presbytery on September 21, 1861, and was ordained in March of 1863. Soon after his ordination he entered the Confederate Army, and served as Chaplain until the close of the war. He married Ella L. Rogers in Brownsville, Tenn. on June 27, 1866. McLeskey received a Doctor of Divinity in 1879 from Bethel College. In 1881 he and his family moved to Sherman, Texas and was the pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterians in that town. In July of 1883 he was elected president of Trinity University and assumed the position that September. While president he was also pastor of the Tehuacana Congregation and a lecturer to theological students. He passed away in October of 1885 after a brief illness.

Information provided in this biographical note came from the Cumberland Presbyterian Church website.

The Trinitonian, Trinity University

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  • Corporate body
  • 1875-

The Trinitonian (1900-present) is the weekly student-run newspaper of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. First published under the name Trinity Exponent (1888-1900), the periodical traces its history to 1888, when a number of campus literary societies banded together to launch a monthly magazine exhibiting student creative work in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. At that time, such literary societies (and their related publications) afforded students a rare opportunity to express ideas and opinions outside of the classroom. In 1900 the Trinity Exponent was renamed the Trinitonian, and by 1915 it had evolved into a weekly newspaper that covered campus news and calendar information, as well as some local and world events. Currently, contributions to the Trinitonian are open to the university community, but staff is comprised primarily of Trinity students. The publication features campus news, political opinions, literary works and criticisms, and advertisements.

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

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  • 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. Pelzer authored more than thirty-five publications, including books, journal articles, papers, and chapters.

Pelzer was married to Elizabeth Allerton Clark, and had two daughters. He died at his home in North Haven, Connecticut at the age of 71.

McGown, Marjorie (1893-1965)

  • Person
  • 1893-1965

Marjorie McGown was born in 1893, the daughter of prominent lawyer Floyd McGown and Mary Eliza Davis McGown (Mary Eliza Davis was the third daughter of Reverend Nicholas A. Davis, a Cumberland Presbyterian minister, Confederate chaplain, and early Trustee of Trinity University). Marjorie McGown moved to San Antonio as a young child, and attended the Shipley School in Pennsylvania, the Hartman School in New York, and the University of Poitiers in France. Miss McGown was prominent in San Antonio society and civic life. She served as the president of the Junior League of San Antonio, a member of the First Presbyterian Church's women's executive board, and president of the Timely Topics Club. She was the executive director of St. Mary's Hall and the executive director of the Bexar County Girl Scouts. Miss McGown never married and passed away in 1965, at the age of 72.

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