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March 15, 2011

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Kolling remembrance service set for March 25

Baldwin City, Kan. — Known as a regular visitor at the Harter Union cafeteria, Collins Library and Baker University archives late in his life, Dr. Harold Kolling was a fixture on the Baldwin City campus for more than 30 years.Kolling_1

Highly regarded for his vast historical knowledge of University and interest in life’s details, Dr. Kolling passed away on Feb. 18 at age 90. Alumni are invited to join the University at a remembrance service for Kolling at 4 p.m. Friday, March 25 at Osborne Chapel.

Kolling was named University historian in 1978 to compile and author a history of Baker. Two years later, he served as historian and curator of Methodist collection, the Kansas Collection and Lincoln Collection.

At the time of his hiring, Kolling said, “So much has happened at Baker that a complete history is needed. History has to be rewritten for each generation.”

Kolling graduated in 1942 from Friends University. He received a master’s from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Chicago. While in Chicago, Kolling was associate editor of the papers of James Madison in preparation of the third and fourth volumes. His faculty and administrative appointments included Friends, Oklahoma City University, Texas College, Tyler Texas, Bradley University and DePauw University.

He was an avid reader and amassed an enormous personal library encompassing all aspects of American history.

Darrell Bowersox, director of dining services, knew Kolling for more than 25 years. The former historian regularly ate meals at the dining hall. 

“My fondest memories of Harold are the many Thanksgiving and Christmas days he spent with my family and how much my children and grandchildren loved him,” Bowersox said. “Two or three years ago my grandson came running into the kitchen after they arrived on Thanksgiving and the first thing he said was, ‘Where is Harold?’ That is the Dr. Harold Kolling I want people to remember.”

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