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Distinguished Faculty Awards Ceremony Held at Hobart and William Smith

GENEVA, N.Y.—The public is invited to celebrate the lives and careers of the late Ralph Bullard, professor of chemistry and inventor of the antidote to mustard gas poisoning, and of Kenneth Carle, researcher and professor emeritus of chemistry, on Friday, September 21, at the 2001 Distinguished Faculty Awards presentation and ceremony at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

An alumni and alumnae panel discussion on the impact of professors Bullard and Carle on their lives and careers will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library, on the Colleges campus. Students at the Colleges who are majoring in chemistry will present their research projects at 8:30 p.m. in Rosenberg Hall. These events are free and the community is welcome.

The Distinguished Faculty Award ceremony and dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m.; the cost of the dinner is $25 per person. For information on reservations and invitations please contact John Norvell, alumni director at Hobart and William Smith, at (315) 781-3700. Dinner reservations must be made by September 15.

Professor Ralph Bullard (1895-1961) came to the Colleges in 1919 after experience as a naval chemist in World War I. He taught at the Colleges from 1919 until his death in 1961. A naval Commander, Bullard was given military leave to serve as technical aide to the director of the naval research laboratory at Anacostia, D.C., in World War II. Later he was promoted to Captain of the Naval Reserve, a rank Bullard held until he retired from the Navy in 1958. Bullard earned a bachelor's and master's degree at Clark University, and a doctoral degree at Brown University. He was promoted to assistant professor in 1921, and full professor in 1925. He was head of the chemistry department from 1948 until his death in 1961. He was a member of the American Chemical Society, Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi honor societies, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Bullard discovered the antidote to mustard gas poisoning in 1939. His antidote was kept classified until 1961, at which time his request for a patent was granted. Walter Durfee, then provost of the Colleges, nominated him twice for the Manufacturing Chemists' Association College Chemistry Teacher Award. In 1939 the Geneva Kiwanis Club presented him with a medal in recognition of his achievements, and his work for naval research won him the Legion of Merit Award. His Distinguished Faculty Award will be accepted for him by his daughter, Barbara Jean Ford, a 1951 graduate of William Smith College, and his son-in-law, John Ford, a retired chemist and 1953 graduate of Hobart College.

Kenneth Carle, professor emeritus of chemistry, taught at the Colleges from 1959 until 1992. He was promoted to full professor in 1962, and succeeded Bullard as head of the chemistry department, from 1962 until 1968. Carle earned a bachelor's degree at Middlebury College, master's degree at the University of New Hampshire, and doctoral degree at the University of Delaware. He is member of the American Chemical Society, Kappa Delta Rho fraternity, Epsilon Pi Sigma and Sigma Xi honor societies, the America Association of University Professors, and American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is also a member of the Geneva Torch Club and Geneva Rotary Club. Carle was listed in “American Men of Science” and “Leaders of American Science.”

During his time at the Colleges, Carle participated in the geology field trips, which were a mandatory part of the geoscience course on sediments and sedimentary rocks, as well as acting as an admission representative for the Colleges. He served as chair of the pre-med committee for 25 years. His research was on organic synthesis, organic hydroperoxides, and the reaction of active nitrogen. Carle retired from the Colleges in 1992 after 33 years of teaching there. In 1961 Carle was awarded one of 50 National Science Foundation grants for research on the decomposition of hydroperoxides in the presence of organometallic catalysts. He was also granted support from the National Science Foundation to determine the equilibrium constants for the reaction between sulfur dioxide and halogen acids. Carle was awarded a Fulbright-Hayes Lectureship to help improve the teaching of chemistry in Manila, Philippines, at Emanuel L. Quezon University and Centro Escolar University.

The Distinguished Faculty Award is presented jointly by the Alumni Council of Hobart College and the Alumnae Council of William Smith College. Criteria for the award is limited to a professor who has been an outstanding teacher at Hobart and William Smith and has been retired or deceased for five years.

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