Timeless Faculty

Marietta professor had big future ahead of him

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In the history of the College, it’s well known that a sizeable number of graduates have gone on to accomplish historic roles — including becoming the Vice President of the United States, pioneering medical advances and manning Space Shuttle missions for NASA. The same can be said about many members of the faculty.

Cecil Harland Underwood was born on Nov. 5, 1922, in the small, unincorporated community of Josephs Mills, W.Va., in Tyler County, where he grew up working on farms during the Great Depression.

After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the Army Enlisted Reserve Corps during World War II and also enrolled at Salem College in nearby Harrison County. It was at Salem where he received his first taste of politics when he was elected student body president. He also met a young woman named Hovah Hall, a sister to two of his classmates and a graduate of Salem. He married Hovah, who was a talented musician, on July 25, 1948. They had three children: Craig, Cecilia and Sharon.

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.

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