Harold Van Winkle

Harold Van Winkle, 91, who was a professor of journalism and educational administration at Kent State University from 1960 until 1974, died Sunday. He had lived in Florida since his retirement. Born Dec. 20, 1906 in Huffman, Ind., he earned his bachelor's degree at Southeast Missouri State University and his master's and doctorate degrees at Indiana University. He began his teaching career in one-room rural schools in Perry County, Indiana, then taught English in the Philipinnes from 1931 to 1936. He later served as director of publications at Philippine Public Schools in Manila from 1937 to 1941. He served as publisher of the West Kentuckian in Murray, Ky., editor of the Ledger & Times in Murray, and taught English and journalism at a high school in Evansville, Ind. He also taught English at the University of Evansville, where he went on to become director of public relations, and was director of public relations and news service at Bowling Green State University from 1953 until 1960, when he came to KSU. He was one of the few faculty members at that time to hold a dual appointment. After leaving KSU, he was a staff member with the Ohio School Boards Association from 1974 to 1977. He was president of the Quill & Scroll Society, a national high school journalism honor society, from 1946 to 1947, and president of the Buckeye chapter of Sigma Delta Chi, the Society of Professional Journalists, in 1970. Mr. VanWinkle wrote many magazine articles, brochures and pamplets, including "Elements of English Grammar, Rules Explained Simply," published in 1980 and "Speaking Freely, Your Right of Free Speech and its Limitations" in 1993. He also was active in the Rotary Club, American Cancer Society, Boy Scout Council, American College Relations Association, Phi Delta Kappa, the Scottish Rite Masonic order and the Shrine. He remained active during his retirement and was honored for his volunteer work with the United Way, American Red Cross and the Literacy Council of Manatee County, Fla. Survivors include his son, James, of Atlanta; and daugther, Carolyn Kettell of Cincinnnati; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. His wife, Agnes "Gretchen" Schnelker, whom he married May 23, 1932 in Baguio, The Philippines, died May 17, 1994. There will be no calling hours. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Mansion Memorial Park in Ellentown, Fla. Brown & Sons Funeral Home in Bradenton, Fla. handled arrangements.

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