Harold Charles Bold
Austin Texas Reunion,
This is text copied from a
video which was aimed at the screen as Richard Starr was reading this
interesting article about Harold.
I pieced it together as best I could, then copied the text below. Hope
you enjoy it! I am sure that all present remember this part of the banquet!
Vanderbilt University Article
about Harold Charles Bold
(read at the banquet by Richard
On the surface, the most insouciant
member of the Vanderbilt faculty is Harold Charles Bold, Professor of Biology
and international authority on algae. He gives the impression of a blithe
and supportive mind, as fetching as a gay little tune played on the run.
It is the manner, however, not the man for Bold battles with a stout heart
for such mighty intangibles as moral values and abiding faith. He is a
convert to Catholicism; his strict sense of personal duty and ethical obligation
is positively Kentian. He is an accomplished organist and his wife a concert
pianist, and music flows like the untroubled sea from two Steinways in
their Sharendale Drive home. As a teacher, his lucidity and urbane humor
invigorate the bright student and awaken the dull. He is also a talented
administrator, and for the second successive year is Director of the University's
Summer School. Bold first came to Vanderbilt in 1932, fresh from his Columbia
Ph.D. (His A.B. was from the same university, his M.S. from Vermont.).
Seven years later he returned to Columbia to teach: then in 1942,
he entered the Navy, becoming a lieutenant commander, junior aide to an
admiral, and finally, commanding officer of the V.12 unit at Ohio's Bowling
Green State University. At the end of the war….(could not complete the
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