Dean, Professor Honored at Founders Day

Each year, since Baldwin Wallace University was founded in 1845, the campus community gathers near the birthday of John Baldwin to honor the memories of its founders and those whose commitment and inspiration have brought quality and distinction to the College.

This year, two outstanding individuals will be recognized on Thursday, October 13 at a noon luncheon and brief ceremony to unveil the plaques. The unveiling takes places at 2 p.m. at the Founders Wall, behind North Hall (North Quad), Baldwin Wallace University, Berea, Ohio. The 2011 honorees are:


Dr. Fred E. Harris

Vice President For Academic Affairs and Dean, 1957-1969

A champion for the liberal arts in the core curriculum, Fred Harris also was an innovative educator who established an early program in Middle Eastern studies. He initiated a visiting professor program and was responsible for the installation of the first data processing facility at BW. He had a profound and positive influence on the lives of colleagues and students, particularly the recipients of the Fred E. Harris Award. The prize is given to an individual "showing promise as a person and as a student," two characteristics he cherished.

Dr. W. Grayson Lappert

Professor of English, 1950-1985

Head of the Department of English, 1967-1974

A staunch advocate for the liberal arts, Grayson Lappert taught in the English Department for 35 years. He received the Strosacker Award for Excellence in Teaching and was revered as a scholar and compassionate professor. His humor, wit and love of literature elicited excitement in the classroom and ignited a lifelong appreciation of literature in the students he taught. Lappert will be remembered by his students as a dedicated teacher and friend who cared equally about their academic success and personal growth.

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