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Encyclopedia of Baldwin Wallace University History: Personnel - T

An Index of Historical Content and Their Sources

Taft, Kingsley

Citation: James D. Harvey, ed., Pursuit 3, no. 1 (August 1970): 41.

KINGSLEY TAFT, Mar. 28, University Hospital, Columbus, of a brain hemorrhage, age 67. The chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court was a native of Cleveland and the son of the late Judge Frederick L. Taft, a Republican politician. Mr. Taft received a bachelor of arts degree at Amherst College where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He then attended Harvard Law School and edited the Harvard Law Review. Kingsley returned to the Cleveland area and joined the firm of McKeehan, Merrick, Arter and Stewart and specialized as a trial lawyer. He served as president of the Shaker Heights School Board, several years as a trustee of the Welfare Federation of Cleveland and in 1950, he received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Baldwin-Wallace College, where he served as a trustee for more than 25 years. His judicial career began in 1948 and eight years later he became the first judge in the court's history to win re-election without opposition in either the primary or general elections. And in 1962 he again became the first Ohio Supreme Court judge to challenge the chief justice for the court's top seat. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ohio Historical Society. Surviving are his wife of 43 years, four sons, two brothers and a sister.

Taylor, Watson I.

Citation: Thomas. A. Stiger, ed., The X Ray (Berea, OH: Baldwin University, 1896), p. 23.

Watson I. Taylor was born in North Royalton, O., June 24, 1870. He moved to Berea in 1883 for the purpose of attending school. He attended the Berea Union Schools for two years and in 1885 entered Baldwin University, from which college he graduated with the class of 1893. The following year he was appointed instructor of Mathematics and Physics, which position he holds at the present time.

Thompson, Carol

Citation: Louise M. Kuhns, ed., "Thompson named associate dean," Pursuit 14, no. 2 (Winter 1982): 4.

Dr. Carol Thompson has been appointed B-W's associate academic dean, it was announced by Dr. Mark Collier, vice president for academic affairs. The appointment was effective January 4.

A native of Canton, Thompson will be working with the academic dean in providing leadership and support for the entire academic program of the College. She will continue to teach at least one course each quarter, confirming her philosophy that it is important to maintain contact with students in the classroom as well as in her office.

Thompson was head of the Department of Women's Health and Physical Education and chairperson of the Division of Health and Physical Education before her new appointment. In 1980-81 she was the chairperson of the faculty search and selection committee for a new Baldwin-Wallace president. She joined 8-W in 1964 as a physical education instructor.

Graduating with honors, Thompson earned a B. A. and B. S. in education from Otterbein College. She then received her M. S. in physical education from The University of Illinois and her Ph.D. in physical education from The Ohio State University.

A Berea resident , she is an active member in several professional associations including: the American Alliance for Health , Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; the Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation; the Midwest Association for Physical Education of College Women and Ohio College Association, Women's Physical Education Section, which she has served as president, treasurer and secretary.

Treash, Leonard

Citation: Frances Mills and Marion Cole, eds., “Treash Is Narrator At UNESCO Meeting,” Baldwin-Wallace Alumnus 27, no. 2 (1949): p. 2.

Leonard Treash, former professor of voice and director of the opera department at the Conservatory of Music, was narrator for the "Symphony of Freedom" at the second UNESCO conference in Cleveland April 1. Treash narrated the nine-part work arranged and conducted by Dr. Howard Hanson and performed by the Cleveland Orchestra and Orpheus Male Choir. The singer now is on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music.

Tressel, Lee

Citation: Tracy Doyle, "Holidays start early for Doctor Tressel and team," The Exponent, vol. 65, no. 11 (5 December 1978).

Lee Tressel; Source:; Click on image to enlarge.

Christmas came early for Baldwin-Wallace College's head football coach Lee Tressel, as the B-W Yellow Jackets captured the NCAA Division III football championship Saturday In Phenix City, Ala. The Jackets beat Wittenberg 24-10 to gain the prize trophey in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl.

According to Tressel, the weekend was "exciting and glorious." "It was a game that comes once in a lifetime, and one that I had personally looked forward to for a long time," said the coach, who is now in his twentieth year of coaching at B-W. Tressel also mentioned that many of the senior players had been doping to play in a championship for several years.

The crowd support at the game was "outstanding," commented Tressel. "Our group got the Alabama people : cheering for us too." Tressol estimated that there were approximately 500 B-W fans present.

"We beat the best," said Tressel, referring to the Wittenberg Tigers, who B-W tied 3 weeks ago 17-17 in a battle for the OAC championship. Tressel continued by saying that he and the team were glad to be rechallenged by such an outstanding team. "It was nice to be able to settle the tie," he added.

The coach felt the turning point of the game came in the fourth quarter when the score was 17-3 in B-W's favor. On the ensuing klckoff, the Tigers were only able to return the ball to B-W's fifteen yard line. Tressel described the Jackets as being "confident the whole time." "We tried to keep our heads and play it cool."

After the game, Tressel returned to his motel room and "sat for two hours." He would have relaxed longer except that he had to call Cleveland TV stations and visit with relatives. "I didn't eat until I returned to Cleveland," said the coach, with a NCAA championship button proudly displayed on his right lapel.

Tressel feels the support the entire college has given the team has been fabulous. The entourage of students waiting for the returning team at the airport was "very meaningful." He added that the support has been very encouraging throughout the entire season, and that "we had to win all our games, not just one."

When asked for predictions about next year's season, Tressel said that the team will have to do a lot of rebuilding, since it will lose eighteen seniors this June. "No points we scored this year will carry into next," concluded the coach wryly.

Citation: "Dr. Tressel named Coach of the Year," The Exponent, vol. 65, no. 12 (12 January 1979).

Dr. Lee J. Tressel received an award to top all of his recent awards last night at the American Football Coaches Associations annual meeting. He was presented the national "Coach of the Year" award for the College Division.

Coach Tressel, who led the Yellow Jackets to the NCAA Division III national championship, was selected over eight other nominees in his division by his colleagues from all over the country. The recipient of the University Division "Coach of the Year" was Joe Paterno, of Penn State.

Kodak sponsored the award at a banquet held last night. Actor Jimmy Stewart was the guest speaker at the Hilton Inn in San Francisco.

Citation: "Lee Tressel retires as B-W football coach," Pursuit, vol. 13, no. 2 (Winter 1981): pg. 1-2.

Lee Tressel's senior photo from 1948. Source: Grindstone, 1948, pg.87. Click on image to enlarge.

It was a night that made the spirit soar . . . a night filled with laughter and fond memories. It was Sunday, December 7, and more than 1000 people had come to Ursprung Gymnasium to pay tribute to Lee and Eloise Tressel '48, '72. Only a week before Lee had announced his retirement from a 23-year coaching career at B-W that had made him one of the most successful and respected football mentors in the country. He will continue as the College's athletic director.

Lee stated in a newspaper interview that he had made the decision to leave football because he could no longer devote the energy and concentration to coaching that it deserves. He has been undergoing treatment for cancer for the past two years.

His announcement, following a 10-1 season that included the OAC championship and a third consecutive trip to the national playoffs, brought an onslaught of well wishes from across the nation (see page 3). On the night of the appreciation program Ursprung was jammed with the Coach's former high school and college players, friends, relatives, and others who had come to wish the Tressels well. Samuel Esayian '62, who played for Lee, came all the way from Bellevue, Washington. Sam Rutigliano, head coach of the Cleveland Browns was there. He said he hoped to be the kind of man and coach that Lee Tressel is. Harrison Dillard, '49, B-W and Olympic track great came. Bud Collins '51, NBC-TV sports commentator and Boston Globe columnist, brought rounds of laughter from the crowd with anecdotes about Lee's college days and his prowess on the football field and at the poker table.

A steady parade of dignitaries presented Lee and Eloise with gifts, plaques and citations of appreciation. Representatives came from a gamut of organizations including the NCAA, the OAC, the U.S. and Ohio Houses of Representatives, the local media, the Cleveland mayor's office, American Legion Posts and Berea city government. A special Grindstone Award was presented to Lee by Discover Berea Chamber of Commerce, in recognition of his role as an outstanding citizen. It was announced that Berea City Council would rename Maple Street, between Bagley and Center, Tressel Street.

A film highlighting Lee's college coaching career showed clearly why he has gained so much respect throughout the years. In 33 years as a high school and college coach he compiled a 224-73-6 record (154-53-6 at B-W). He has been named OAC Coach or Co-coach of the Year four times, including this season; and 1978 Division III Coach of the Year by both Eastman Kodak and ABC-TV/Chevrolet when he led the Yellow Jackets to the national Division III championship.

Plans by the Lettermen's Association and the College are underway to refurbish a room in the basement of the Watts Athletic Center to house the memorabilia and awards collected by Tressel in 23 years as the Yellow Jackets' coach. Included in the collection, which will be open to the public, are several items presented to the Tressels on their appreciation night.

Citation: "Lee Tressel is dead at 56," Pursuit, vo. 13, no. 3 (Spring 1981): pg. 1

After a two-year battle with cancer, Dr. Lee J. Tressel '48 died Thursday. April 16, at Southwest General Hospital, Middleburg Heights, at the age of 56. In his 23 years at B-W, Dr. Tressel gained a reputation as one of the finest college football coaches in the country. That reputation was built not only on his success, which included a 154-52-6 record, a national Division III championship in 1978 and four OAC championships, but also on his integrity and conduct as a coach and the close rapport he had with his players. 

Dr. Tressel, who had also served as athletic director since 1960, was eulogized at a memorial service held Easter Sunday evening in the Fannie Nast Gamble Auditorium at Kulas Hall. More than 800 relatives and friends attended. A second service was held Tuesday, April 22, at the request of students who had just returned from Easter vacation.

President A. B. Bonds, Jr., said of the coach, "Lee Tressel exemplified the finest elements in competitive athletics. His life provided a role model not only for those who played for him but for the many coaches who knew him and admired his work."

Surviving Dr. Tressel are his wife Eloise '72; sons Richard '70, David '73 and James '75; four grandsons; his father; a brother and a sister. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Baldwin Wallace Lettermen's Association.

Trever, John C.

Citation: “Noted Bible scholar, Dr. Trever, to join Baldwin-Wallace faculty,” Baldwin-Wallace College News Letter 26, no. 4 (1959): p. 2.

Dr. John C. Trever, internationally known for his part in the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, will join the Baldwin-Wallace College faculty next fall as a full professor of religion, president Alfred B. Bonds, Jr. has announced.

His appointment is effective Sept. 1. The man who identified and dated the Scrolls of Isiah, Dr. Trever comes to B-W after six years at Morris Harvey College, Charleston, West Va., where he has headed the department of religion and philosophy since 1958.

Well versed in the Scriptures from both literary and theological standpoints, Dr. Trever also has a thorough knowledge of Hebrew, Greek, Syriac, ancient history and some aspects of archaeology.

Spoke at Bible Convocation

A speaker at B-W's first Bible Convocation, he gave his views on the "Use of the Bible" last September, stressing the drama and immediacy of the Testaments.

A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California, Dr. Trever received his bachelor of divinity and doctorate from Yale University.

He has held assistantships at both schools and has also taught at Drake University and Garrett Biblical Institute, Evanston, Ill.  

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