News From Terre Haute, Indiana

June 9, 2013

Histori9cal perspective: Mace and Hyde included among significant educators

Mike McCormick
Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Since this column was launched in January 1995, it has emphasized notable accomplishments of past and present Wabash Valley residents.

Yet the surface has been barely scratched, particularly in the field of education. With several accredited colleges, it is not surprising that it is a productive discipline in western Indiana.

Biographical treatment has been provided in these pages to Edison E. Oberholtzer, founder and president of the University of Houston; Dr. Barbara Laffoon Sizemore, the first African-American female superintendent of a metropolitan school district; Dr. Grey Dimond, founder and president of the University of Missouri at Kansas City Medical School; Dr. Lotus D. Coffman, president of the University of Minnesota; and Dr. Josiah T. Scovell, head of the science departments at Indiana State and Wiley High School.

John E. McGilvrey, president of Kent State University; William H. Wiley, superintendent of Terre Haute schools; Dr. Walter P. Morgan, superintendent of Terre Haute Schools and president of Western Illinois University; Dr. Martin D. Jenkins, president of Morgan State University; William Ward Parsons, president of Indiana State Normal School;  Ralph N. Tirey, president of Indiana State Teachers College; Dr. Thomas C. Mendenhall, president of Rose Polytechnic; Carl Leo Mees, president of Rose Poly; and Thomas L. Gray, professor of dynamic engineering at Rose Poly also have received biographical attention.

Dr. John Logan, president of Rose-Hulman Institute; Dr. Samuel Hulbert, president of Rose-Hulman; Rose Polytechnic vice president Herman A. Moench, professor of electrical engineering; Albert Ernest Meyzeek, principal of Lincoln School in Terre Haute and Central High School in Louisville; Herbert Wey, president of Appalachian State University; William S. Holland, principal of Jack Yates High School in Houston; Warren M. Anderson, principal of Gary Roosevelt High School; zoologist Willis S. Blatchley; neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor; Wendell H. Furry, professor of physics at Harvard University; astronomer John A. Parkhurst; biologists Barton W. Evermann, Ulysses O. Cox  and Oliver P. Jenkins; chemists William A. Noyes and W. Albert Noyes; celebrated bacteriologist Herald Rea Cox and Grace Devaney, the first female high school principal in Indiana, are also among those who have received special attention..

Mention also has been made of highly respected educators such as Dr. Mary Ann Carroll; Lou Anna K. Simon, president of Michigan State University; Ronald L. Vaughn, president of the University of Tampa; Dr. James O. Engleman, superintendent of Terre Haute Schools and president of Kent State University; Dr. Elmer Burritt Bryan, president of Colgate University and Ohio University; Richard E. Helton, president of Vincennes University; Dr. John W. Shepherd, president of Chicago Normal School, now Chicago State University; Dr. Eugene W. Bohannon, president of the University of Minnesota at Duluth; and a host of esteemed high school and college coaches.

Dr. William Harrison Mace is another example of an esteemed educator with Vigo County connections. Born in Lexington, Ind., on Nov. 27, 1852, he graduated from Indiana State Normal in 1876 and taught in Vigo County country schools for three terms. After his marriage to Julia Ida Dodson in Terre Haute in September 1878, he became principal and taught history at Logansport and Winamac high schools.

Mace returned to Indiana State in 1881 to teach history but left to enroll at the University of Michigan, where he played football and studied history. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1883 and was appointed superintendent of schools in McGregor, Iowa. Mace joined the faculty at DePauw University in 1885 and, while teaching there, secured a master’s degree in history from Indiana University in 1889..

Syracuse University lured Mace to New York state in 1891 and he remained there until he retired in 1916 as dean emeritus. Meanwhile, he secured a Ph.D. in history from the University of Jena, in Germany, in 1897.  He died Aug. 11, 1938.

Dr. Mace was a prolific writer. Among his historical works are “Outline and Notes on United States History” (1887), “A Working Manual of American History for Teachers and Students” (1895), “A School History of the United States” (1904), “Mace’s History Reader” (1909), “Mace’s Primary History: Stories of Heroism” (1909), “Lincoln, The Man of the People” (1912), ”Method in History for Teachers and Students” (1914) and “The Story of Old Europe and Young America” (1915).   

Dr. Roscoe Raymond Hyde also deserves special mention. The son of John and Mary Hyde, Roscoe was born in Clay County in 1884. He graduated from Brazil High School and Indiana State Normal School and, while teaching at Indiana State, he secured a master’s degree in biology at Indiana University in 1909.

Between 1911 and 1913, Hyde earned a Ph.D. from Columbia University in New York City and worked at the marine biology station at Woods Hole, Mass., on Cape Cod. Meanwhile, he taught physiology, zoology and botany at Indiana State. In 1914, he published his first academic book, “Fertility and Sterility in Drosophila Ampelophila.”

In 1916, Hyde joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he taught a variety of subjects, conducted laboratory experiments and frequently published results in academic journals such as “Science,” “American Journal of Epidemiology,” “Anatomical Record,” “American Journal of Hygiene” and the “Journal of the American Association of Bacteriologists.”

Hyde’s most notable text was “Laboratory Outlines in Filterable Viruses,” published in 1937. He was credited with making valuable discoveries in the treatment of tularemia and cancer  

Dr. Hyde died unexpectedly on Sept. 15, 1943, at age 58, in Baltimore, of a heart attack. He was survived by his wife Clair, three daughters, Martina, Margaret and Edythe and his mother, who resided in Brazil.

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As a result of a computer spell check glitch, the names of Warren and Preston Hussey, notable former Terre Haute citizens, and Corinne, Utah, were inadvertently misspelled in last week’s column.