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George L. Collie

Excerpt from: The Beloit Daily News (August 11, 1953)

     Dr. George L. Collie, 823 Church St., will observe his 96th birthday tomorrow in his home, greeting friends who usually call to offer congratulations. He is in good health and is reported to have recently finished writing the story of his life.

     The former dean of Beloit College was an 1881 graduate, was formerly principal of Delavan public schools where his father, Rev. Joseph Collie, was pastor of the Congregational church. The elder Mr. Collie was a member of Beloit College class of 1851, the first one to graduate.

     Dr. Collie has twice been acting college president, in 1910, and 1911 made a 4,000 mile tour of exploration, much of it on foot across Africa and has been the inspiration for several now well known men including Bob Becker, sports authority and wildlife expert, Roy Chapman Andrews, one of the greatest explorers of modern times, and Ellsworth Huntington, distinguished geographer.

     The birthday celebrant took one of the first doctorates at Harvard College. He came to Beloit College as professor of geology in 1892. During World War I he served overseas as a YMCA secretary. He is a member of Beloit Rotary club and is a retired member of the Beloit College faculty.


Examples of Archives Holdings:
       - Account book
       - Biographical data
       - Correspondence to friends & family
       - Correspondence re: North Africa Expedition
       - Diaries
       - Journal & letters from the "Great Trip 1910-1911"
       - Manuscripts & notes
       - Memorabilia
       - Mrs. Collie's diary
       - Photographs
       - Publications
       - Reminiscences