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Encyclopedia of Baldwin Wallace University History: Personnel - G

An Index of Historical Content and Their Sources

Gilbrith, James

Citation: A. R. Webber, Life of John Baldwin, Sr. of Berea, Ohio (The Caxton Press, 1925), 29.

ANOTHER character in the country was Rev. James Gilbrith, a man possessed of talent and great zeal, but a dreamer of impractical things to reform the world. He had been reading the writings of another reformer by the name of Josiah Holbrook, of Connecticut, the founder of what he called the "American Lyceum."

Gilbrith became a disciple of Holbrook's plan and succeeded in convincing John Baldwin and his associates named, and others, that the thing to do was to send for him to come and found a "Lyceum Village" among them. He came and perfected such an organization.

Godman, W.D.

Citation: Charles F. Mott, ed., Palladian (Berea, OH: Baldwin University, 1897), p. 18.

Rev. W. D. Godman, D.D. Source: 1897 Baldwin University Palladian Yearbook, page 28. Click on image to enlarge.

The second president of Baldwin University, W. D. Godman, D. D., was born at Marion, O, September 8th, 1829. His Academic education was received at the Marion Academy under Principal Soloman W. Shepherd, an alumnus of the Ohio University. When only fourteen years old he was admitted to the sophomore class of Ohio Wesleyan University and graduated with the degree A. B. in 1846. After pursuing post-graduate work for one year, he was admitted to the North Ohio Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church and preached three years.

In 1850 Dr. Godman began the career of an educator in which work he has so successfully continued for nearly a half century. At this time he was elected President of the Worthington Female Seminary of the Ohio Conference. After serving five years he became Professor of Greek in the Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. In 1860 the chair of mathematics of Ohio Wesleyan University invited him, which professorship he left in 1870 to become the second president of Baldwin University. In 1875 he was chosen President of the New Orleans University, New Orleans, Louisiana, and in 1881 became President of what is now Gilbert Academy and Industrial Institute located at Winsted, Louisiana. Dr. Godman is now President of the same institution, with leave of absence on account of ill health, and is residing in Philadelphia.

Greenwood, Sam L.

Citation: Harlan E. Knautz, ed., Grindstone (Berea, OH: Baldwin-Wallace College, 1960), p. 5.

Dr. Sam L. Greenwood. Source: 1960 Grindstone, page 5. Click on image to enlarge.

Dr. Sam L. Greenwood embodies the best in the liberal arts, thereby illuminating, by means of a brilliant mind, the field of history, the area or languages, and the vast expanse of art.

In spirit he is a searcher after truth, which has taken him to scores of countries each summer exploring libraries, universities and art centers throughout the world, for new knowledge, enhancing a truly urban spirit.

His associates find his honesty sparkling. his integrity unbending, decisively separating truth from falsehood and declaring with courage the truth as he sees it.

Above all he is giving his very best to students, who endorse his new assignment with deep appreciation for the light of knowledge that he has shared with them.

Nature endowed Dr. Sam L. Greenwood with superior teaching ability, which received its disciplined expression through the A.B. degree from Winona College and through the Ph. D. degree from the University of Chicago. His inherent drive for excellence took him, practically each summer, overseas for study; especially to such centers as the Universities of Paris, Lisbon, Coimbra, and the American School for Classical Studies, Athens.

He was a master in the use of teaching methods, such as lecture, discussion, visual aids, question and answer, but the method most skillfully used by him was the Socratic method, frequently disturbing to the student, but liberating in its effect, bringing' about a new perspective in the mind of the student, releasing within him motivation for excellence.

Though decisive in all his work and manner, he sought in all honest y to understand his students. Ignorance was removed without apology and knowledge increased with encouragement, which resulted, among the best students, in a new evaluation of the material. Subject matter, which he taught at various times, such as French, German, Mathematics, Ancient History and Art, were always a means to the end of encouraging the student toward critical thinking, yet with a deep appreciation of beauty.

At the conclusion of his teaching career, covering 26 years, Baldwin-Wallace College bestowed on him the Strohsacker award for excellence in teaching.

Grossman, F. Karl

Citation: Albert L. Marting, ed., “We Will Celebrate,” Baldwin-Wallace Alumnus 23, no. 2 (1945): p. 2.

F. Karl Grossman was a teacher of violin at the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory in the days when he was launching upon his professional career. In addition to study with widely-known teachers in America he also studied with Theodore Spiering, Walter Petzet, and Phillip Scharwenka in Berlin and G. Remy and Nadia Boulanger in Paris. He has served as assistant concertmaster of the St. Paul Symphony Orchestra and concertmaster of the Municipal Symphony Orchestra of Cleveland. He has been conductor of the Cleveland Opera Company and also directed the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra on several occasions as well as the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Grossman at present is professor of music at Western Reserve University and head of the Music Department at Cleveland College. He has published several compositions and served his country in World War I.

Grover, Delo C.

Citation: Deane R. White, ed., Grindstone (Berea, OH: Baldwin-Wallace College, 1922-23), p. 26.

In the years that Dr. Grover has been Vice President of the school he has become a well known figure to most of us. He has taught history and any who have been in his classes can testify to the fact that he teaches it, not as a series of unrelated events, but as connected general movements, all with their appropriate philosophic background. This year, in addition to those history classes, he has been teaching psychology. The wonder to many of us is how he manages to obtain the time for the preparation that obviously goes into each lesson and yet do the work that he is doing toward the advancement and enlargement of the school.

Citation: Frances F. Mills, ed., “Trustees Called in Special Session Dr. Grover Is Designated Acting President,” Baldwin-Wallace Alumnus 11, no. 4 (1933): pp. 13-14.

Photograph of Delo C. Grover. Source: Page 25, 1922-23 Grindstone. Click on the image to enlarge.

Vice President Delo C. Grover was designated as Acting President until such time as a president should be elected; and a committee was appointed to take into consideration the election of a president and report to the Board their nomination. No time limit was placed upon the deliberations of this Committee, the personnel of which included Mr. P. E. Selby, Mr. C. K. Arter, Dr. 0. G. Markham, Dr. A. L. Marting, Mr. A. V. Wilker, and Dr. L. C. Wright. Rev. C. W. Kennedy was appointed by Mr. Selby to serve as secretary of the Committee.

In assuming the Acting Presidency of the College, Dr. Grover comes to the position with seventeen years of experience as professor and vice president of Baldwin- Wallace, prior to which he had been on the faculty of Mt. Union College, and before the merger of Scio and Mt. Union, on the Scio College faculty for two years. He holds the degrees of Ph. B. and LL. B. from Oberlin College and Boston University, respectively, and later studied at Boston where he received the degrees of S. T. B. and A. M. Grove City College bestowed upon him the degree of Ph. D. in 1911. Faculty, trustees, alumni and many friends have united in giving loyal support to Dr. Grover in these days of his Acting Presidency, when the burden of the College leadership rests with him.