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Waldo Walker

  • Person
  • 1931-

Waldo Sylvester Walker was born in Fayette, Iowa in 1931.  He received his B.S. from Upper Iowa Univesity and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Iowa.  His career at Grinnell College began in 1958 when he was hired as an Instructor in the Biology Department.  By 1973 he had assumed the administrative position of Dean and Executive Vice-President of the College and served the College until his retirement in various administrative positions including acting President, Provost, Treasurer, Vice President for College Services and Director of Facilities Management.  During his time as Dean he was instrumental in the development of such curricular innovations as the first-year tutorial, faculty writing workshops, and the Writing and Reading Labs.

As Dean of Administration, Mr. Walker's duties included preparation of the annual budget, control of expenditures within that budget, oversight of admissions, and general oversight of the administrative operations of the College (from a letter dated Octover, 1971)

Wall, Joseph Frazier

  • Person
  • 1920-1995

Joseph Frazier Wall was born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1920 and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Grinnell College in 1941. He received his M.A. at Harvard University and his Ph.D. from Columbia University, both in American history. He joined the Grinnell faculty in 1947 and served as Chair of the Faculty from 1966-70 and as Dean of the College from 1969-73 under President Leggett. After a few years away from Grinnell, Wall returned in 1980 as the first Rosenfield Professor and as Director of the Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs. He retired as professor emeritus of history in 1990.

Wall was a noted author; among his best-known books were Andrew Carnegie (1970); Iowa: a history (1978); and Alfred I. DuPont (1990). At the time of his death in 1995 he was writing a comprehensive history of Grinnell College as part of the College's Sesquicentennial celebration; the book was posthumously published in 1997.

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