REMEMBERING: DR. MAX WARD 1914-1999 - Pine Creek Boy Does Good, Inspired Calhoun Students

(10/10/2017)

1999

Calhoun native Dr. Max Ward was given the Glenville
State College 2001 Posthumous Award for Achievement

Max Ward sprung from the Pine Creek and Hur area of Calhoun and was a school teacher and taught at Calhoun County High School.

The award was presented to his daughters, Marjorie Ward Mahler and Barbara Ward Grubb, honoring their father's many contributions to Glenville State College during his distinguished career.

One of the Calhoun man's major contributions was to inspire and teach Calhoun students throughout his career, many who went on to significant accomplishments in education and science.

Ward interviewed Eleanor Roosevelt during a visit to the GSC campus and reported on the arrival of direct airmail service to Glenville in the late 1930's.

He earned an MA and PHD in botany at Harvard University, spending two years there as an associate professor.

After his graduate work, he became chairman of the Glenville State science and math department, a position he retained until 1969.

He was an active member of the WV Academy of Science and the American Bryological Society. He is best known for his teaching of botanical classes and the dozen or so scientific articles on bryology. Ward's received a research grant from the National Science Foundation, after which he presented his findings to the Linnean Society of London and at the Sorbonne in Paris.

After leaving GSC he was guest professor at two Ohio universities, after which he re-joined the National Science Foundation as program manager for student originated studies.

After retiring from NSF, Ward did volunteer work for the Robert Kidd Library and was a loyal supporter of the GSC women's basketball team.

After his death, his ashes were returned to Calhoun to be dusted across the hills of his youth near Hur.


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