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Gillespie, Mary Catherine Bradley

  • Person
  • 1836-1922

Mary Catherine Bradley was born November 21, 1836 in Paducah, Kentucky, the daughter of Reverend Collins Johnson Bradley, a Cumberland Presbyterian minister, and Judith "Julia" McDonald Totten Bradley. Her mother died when she was a young child, and her father remarried. The family lived for some time in Tennessee. By 1858 the family had moved to Paris, Texas, where she worked as a music teacher. Better known as Kate, she married the Reverend William Paxton Gillespie, a widower and professor at Trinity University, in July 1869, and moved to Tehuacana. Rev. Gillespie had four children from his first wife: Mickia, Jimmie, Connie, and Carrie. Kate had two daughters: Minnie Gillespie (1872-1874) and Pearl Gillespie Adamson (1875-1948). Kate taught instrumental music at Trinity University from 1869 through 1874. Kate died in Waxahachie, Texas, in 1922.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Hilton, Ronald, 1911-2007

  • LCNAF no79134897
  • Person
  • 1911-2007

Ronald Hilton was born in Torquay, England, in 1911. He received both his BA and MA from Oxford University, and studied at the University of California-Berkeley. Hilton's teaching career began at the University of British Columbia; he joined the faculty at Stanford University in 1942. Hilton founded the Institute of Hispanic American Studies at Stanford in 1948. The institute published the Hispanic American Report, a monthly journal about the Spanish-speaking world, and broadcast radio programs. In 1965 Hilton founded the World Association of International Studies, where he edited the World Affairs Report, a quarterly journal featuring commentaries on world news. The journal went on to become the first journal in any field to appear in its entirety online when Hilton began publishing it on the world wide web in 1983. Outside of his scholarly pursuits, Hilton played an influential role in uncovering the secret preparations for the Bay of Pigs invasion, when he reported that it was an open secret in Guatemala that Cuban ex-nationals were training there to overthrow Fidel Castro. His report was published in The Nation, and led to the New York Times's investigation into the matter. Hilton passed away in 2007, and was survived by his wife, Mary Hilton, and his daughter, Mary Huyck.

Johnson, Sammye, 1946-

  • LCNAF no99015762
  • Person
  • 1946-

Sammye Johnson is Professor Emerita of Communication at Trinity University. Prior to joining the faculty at Trinity, Professor Sammye Johnson was an award-winning editor and writer for more than a decade. She continues to freelance; since 1985, she has published more than 450 articles in newspapers and magazines and received 19 writing awards. Johnson earned both her BSJ and MSJ at Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism.

She has published more than 20 articles in the top refereed journals in the journalism and mass communication field and presented more than 60 refereed papers at national and international conferences. She also has contributed 15 chapters to books specifically dealing with magazine publishing in the United States.

She is a founding co-editor of The Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture Journal (The IJPC Journal), a refereed academic journal that premiered in 2009 and is published by the University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism.

She also gives workshops on a variety of editorial and design topics and consults with editors and art directors wanting to modify, reposition, or revive an existing publication.