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Lloyd V. Ballard

Excerpt from: The Beloit Daily News

     Lloyd V. Ballard, 82, emeritus professor of sociology at Beloit College and a leading figure in the Wisconsin Welfare Council, died Wednesday night at his home, 917 Park Ave.

     A 1912 honors graduate of Beloit, Prof. Ballard was a member of its faculty from 1913-54, and chairman of the Department of Sociology for many years. He was honored by the state Welfare Council with an honorary life membership in 1962 after long serving that organization as president and chief executive. In the 1940's, he was sponsor of the bill to establish the School of Social Services Administration of the University of Wisconsin.

     He also established the Family Service Organization in Beloit, had served with distinction on the Wisconsin State Board of Public Welfare, and had been a leader in the establishment of professional social work education in the state.

Four Administrations

     In 1957, Mr. Ballard and his wife, the former Eleanor Brannon Ballard, a professorial chair in sociology at the college, was named by the Trustees the Brannon-Ballard Chair of Sociology in honor of Prof. Ballard and the late president of the college, Dr. Melvin A. Brannon, Mrs. Ballard's father.

     In 1964, another gift from the Ballards endowed the Lowry-Sale Chair of Economics and Business, named in honor of a grandfather and an aunt and uncle of Mr. and Mrs. Ballard.

     Prof. Ballard's teaching career at Beloit spanned the terms of four of Beloit College's six presidents. He started at Beloit, after receiving an M.A. at Harvard University, in 1913, during the tenure of the college's second president, Edward Dwight Eaton. Prof. Ballard retired a week before Miller Upton took office, in 1954.

Headed State Unit

     He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Kappa Epsilon, and in the 1940s was a leader in forming statewide programs for fighting juvenille delinquency. In 1942, he was granted a year's leave as chairman of the Sociology Department to become assistant director of the state's Division of Child Welfare.

     He was the author of two textbooks, Social Institutions (1937) and Introduction to Sociology (1952), as well as the author of many articles in personal journals. He had recently written a history of Beloit College during President Brannon's administration, soon to be published. In addition to post graduate study at Harvard, he took advanced work at the University of Chicago.

     Presented honorary degrees by both Beloit and Rockford Colleges, Prof. Ballard also received Beloit's Alumni Distinguished Service Citation.

Gravesite Rites Set

     Numbered among his more famous students at Beloit is W. Willard Wirtz, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, and a host of college deans and professors.

     A Beloit resident since 1908, he was born Aug. 22, 1887, in Magnolia Corners near Evansville. He married Eleanor Brannon in 1922, in Beloit.

     He was a member of the Second Congregational Church.

     Survivors include his wife; two nieces, Virginia Ballard Wolfe, Detroit, and Eleanor Bristol Woodson, Foxboro, Mass.; and two nephews, Edgar H. Bristol and William L. Bristol, both of Foxboro. He was predeceased by a son and brother.

     Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Maple Hill Cemetery, Evansville, the Rev. Richard Zopple of Beloit's Second Congregational Church officiating. Arrangements were made by Rosman-Uehling-Kinzer.


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