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Dad Elliott was the Iron Horse of campus

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In the early 1900s, students entered the College chapel, housed on the second floor of Andrews Hall, only to find something that had become not so unusual waiting for them: President Alfred Tyler Perry’s cow, Buttercup.

“Even Professor (H.L.) Coar’s chickens have been to the college,” recalled George E. “Dad” Elliott in his book, Dad Elliott’s Memoirs. The book provided musings from his 50 years working at Marietta College as the Superintendent of Building and Grounds.

Dad Elliott was born George Edward Elliott on Nov. 26, 1857, to Mr. and Mrs. Archibald Elliott near Burlington, Iowa. By the time he reached 3 years old, his father, brother and sister had died, leaving just he and his mother to survive.

Gifted scientist lauded the liberal arts

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In the early years of the Cold War, Dr. Herschel Grose, who was still relatively new to Marietta College’s Chemistry Department, expressed the need for the government to incorporate the scientific community in government operations.

“Certainly the first step along this line would be the creation of a cabinet post of science,” he said during a 1957 interview with The Times Signal. “Suddenly the people of the United States have awakened to the grim realization that another nation is fully capable of matching the scientific and technological standards of this country. In fact, in certain fields Russia has gone ahead of us by an uncomfortable margin.”

Born Feb. 1, 1921 in Scircleville, Ind., to parents Herschel K. and Anna M. (Heaton) Grose, Herschel Gene Grose graduated cum laude from Indiana Central College in 1942 with a degree in Chemistry. During World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and received training at Princeton University and at MIT.

Warren G. Steel strengthened Marietta's Geology Department

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Whoever took on the role as the Chair of the Geology Department in the mid 1950s had big shoes to fill.

Though Ralph Whipple was set to retire in 1955 after nearly 40 years of service at Marietta, the College was shocked to lose the beloved professor six months before his retirement when he died in his sleep in December 1954.

By the end of that academic year, President W. Bay Irvine made the announcement that Warren G. Steel, an assistant professor of geology from North Carolina State College at Raleigh had agreed to take the helm of the department.

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