UMBACH, ARNOLD WILLIAM, 1903-1993.

Biography:

Wrestler, coach. Born– November 4, 1903, in Weatherford, Okla. Parents– William Arnold and Anna (Schoonmaker) Umbach. Married– Lucile Irene Cox, April 24, 1931. Children– Two. Education– Oklahoma Southwestern State University, B.S., 1927; Northern Colorado University, M.S., 1940. Taught high school in Oklahoma, 1927-1941; William and Mary College, 1941-1944; Auburn University, 1944-1973. Participated in football and wrestling in high schools; coached eight state high school wrestling champions. Won 83% of high school football games he coached; won the Oklahoma State Championship in football, 1931. Started first collegiate wrestling program in the Deep South at Auburn University, 1946. Founded Southeastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association; President of National Wrestling Coaches Association. Started Little League Baseball in Alabama. Named to the Sports Hall of Fame of Southwestern Oklahoma State University and to the United States Wrestling Federation’s National Wrestling Hall of Fame.  Died September 30, 1993.

Source:

Arnold W. Umbach.

Publication(s):

Successful Wrestling; Its Bases and Problems. St. Louis; Mosby, 1953.

Joint Publication(s):

Wrestling. Chicago; Athletic Institute, 1961.

Wrestling. Dubuque, Iowa; W. C. Brown, 1966.

UNDERWOOD, OSCAR WILDER, 1862-1929

Biography:

Lawyer, legislator, U.S. Senator. Born– May 6, 1862, in Louisville, Ky. Parents– Eugene and Frederica Virginia Underwood. Married– Eugenia Morris, October 8, 1896 (D. 1900).. Children– Two. Married– Bertha Woodward, 1904. Education– Rugby School, Louisville, Ky. (graduated 1879); University of Virginia. Admitted to the bar 1884; began the practice of law in Birmingham.  Chairman, Democratic Executive Committee of the 9th District, Alabama, and Chairman, Democratic Campaign Committee which adopted the Constitution of Alabama. Member– U.S. House of Representatives, 54th-63rd Congresses, 1895-1915, Leader of the House, Chairman, Ways and Means Committee, 62nd-63rd Congresses. Member– U.S. Senate, 1915-1927, Democratic Leader of the Senate, 1920. He was one of the leading contenders for the presidential nomination at the Democratic National Conventions in 1912 and 1924 and one of four delegates to the International Conference on Limitation of Armaments, 1921-1922. Member– International (Peace) Commission between the United States and France, September, 1927.  Strong supporter of states’ rights and tariff reform;  opposed prohibition and women’s suffrage, and strongly denounced the Ku Klux Klan.  Died January 25, 1929.

Source:

National Cyclopedia of American Biography, Vol. 21; Who Was Who in America, Vol. 1; Dictionary of American Biography, Vol. 10 (1936).

Publication(s):

Drifting Sands of Party Politics. New York; Century, 1928.

Papers;

A collection of the papers of Oscar Underwood is held by the Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery.

UNGERMANN, KENNETH ARMISTEAD, 1916-2008

Biography:

Journalist, businessman, homesteader; commercial fisherman.  Born– October 23, 1916, Birmingham, Ala. Parents– Charles Henry and Elizabeth G. (Armistead) Ungermann. Married– Judith B. Ponsonby, December 20, 1951. Children– Three. Education– Phillips Academy, 1931-1932; high school in Bronxville, N.Y. Owned a Chevrolet dealership in Oyster Bay, N.Y., 1938-1942. American Field Service Subsection Leader in North Africa, 1941-1942; bomber pilot, U.S. Army Air Force (flew 32 missions), 1942-1945. Owner, El Mesquital guest ranch, Tuscon, Ariz., 1945-1948. Correspondent, International News Service, 1950-1955; managing editor, Florida Business Letter, 1955-1957; homesteaded and sold radio advertising in Alaska; fished for salmon commercially in Bristol Bay. Died October 11, 2008.

Source:

Contemporary Authors, Vol. 9R.

Publication(s):

The Race to Nome. New York; Harper & Row, 1963.

VAN ANTWERP, EMILY STAPLES

See Hearin, Emily Staples van Antwerp

VAN CLEVE, EMERSON SPROATT, 1907-1979

Biography:

Music teacher. Born– January 19, 1907, in Terre Haute, Ind. Parents– Shirley and Hallie (Walker) Van Cleave. Married– Eleanor Ruth Parker, June 13, 1931. Children– One. Education– DePaul University, B.S., 1929; Indiana State University, M.A., 1937. Taught music at Southern Illinois University, 1939-1945; head, Music Department, Livingston State University, 1946-1950; music consultant, Alabama State Department of Education, 1950-1973. Retired, 1973.  Died June 1979.

Source:

Frances Van Cleave Killpatrick, Alexandria, Va.

Publication(s):

Music Guyed and Handy Reference. New York; Exposition Press, 1956.

VAN EGMOND, PETER GEORGE, 1937-

Biography:

College professor; literary scholar. Born– October 25, 1937, in Montgomery, Ala. Parents– George Peter and Lois (Everett) Van Egmond. Married– Dorothy McKinnie, August 17, 1958. Children– Two. Education– Mississippi College, B.A., 1959; University of Mississippi, M.A., 1961; University of North Carolina, Ph.D., 1966. Taught at Davidson College, 1964-1966; University of Maryland, 1966-; Vanderbilt University, visiting professor, 1966; University of Graz, Austria, Fulbright-Hays Lecturer, 1968-1969. Published poems, stories, and articles in journals.

Source:

Contemporary Authors online.

Publication(s):

The Critical Reception of Robert Frost. Boston; G.K. Hall, 1974.

Robert Frost; a Reference Guide, 1974-1990. Boston; G. K. Hall, 1991.

Waking at Night.  Hyattsville, MD; Sibyl-Child Press, 1985.

Editor:

The Memoirs of Thomas B. Harned; Walt Whitman’s Friend and Literary Executor. Hartford; Transcendental, 1972.

VANCE, HENRY CLAY, 1891-1963

Biography:

Journalist. Born– 1891, in Buford, Ga. Wrote for Mountain Eagle, Jasper, Ala.; sportswriter, columnist and humorist for Birmingham News, 1913-1959. Wrote column “The Coal Bin”. Appeared regularly on radio program “Henry and Percy”. Published stories in Smith’s Magazine, a magazine for men.

Source:

Alabama Public Library Service.

Publication(s):

Day Before Yesterday. Birmingham, Ala.; Vulcan Press, 1955.

VANSWORD, ROBERT CYPRIAN, 1921-1994

Biography:

Teacher of languages. . Born– September 16, 1921, in Przemysl, Poland. Education– J. Slowacki College, B.A., 1939; State Teachers College, Poland, B.S., 1940; University of Lvov, M.A., 1941, Ph.D., 1944; City College of New York, B.A., 1956. Taught junior colleges in Poland, 1939-1943; visiting Professor for the United Nations Relief Agency at the University of Munich, 1945-1946. Superintendent of Tuttlingen district, State Department of Education, 1946-1950. Taught Russian, Latin and French at Ukrainian Technical Institute, New York, 1958-1960; high schools in New York, 1960-1961; Germanic languages at Utica College, Syracuse University, 1961-1962; French, Italian, Russian, German, and Polish at State University of New York, Pottsdam, 1962-1965; Russian and German at Samford University, 1965-1967, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1967-1980. Consultant on education to Polish government, 1945-1961. Honorary dean of the American Academy of Parapsychology.  Died January 7, 1994.

Source:

Directory of American Scholars.

Publication(s):

September ’39. Washington, D.C.; ESPress, 1982.

VARNER, JEANNETTE JOHNSON, 1909-1992.

Biography:

Writer, translator, teacher, librarian. Born– August 12, 1909, in Selma, Ala. Parents– Chester Earle and Ruby Jeannette (West) Johnson. Married–James Oliver Tolbert, 1929 (divorced 1934); married  John Grier Varner, April 29, 1939. Education– University of Alabama, B.A., 1930, M.A., 1931; University of Virginia, Ph.D., 1938; postdoctoral study at the Universidad Nacional de Mexico, 1947. . Taught French at Blue Mountain College, Miss., 1937-1939; Spanish at Fairfax Hall Junior College, Waynesboro, Va., 1940-42; and at the University of Virginia, Extension Division 1941-1943. Librarian, Centro Venezolano-Americana, Caracas, Venezuela, 1943-1947; head reference librarian, Austin Public Library, Texas, 1948-1971. Free-lance writer, translator, and editor after 1971. Member– Texas, Southwestern, and American Library Associations; Latin American Studies Association. Awarded grants by the American Council of Learned Societies, the U.S. Department of State, American Philosophical Society, and the University of Texas at Austin.  Received the Joan Pavlevsky Literary Translation Award, 1987.  Died 1992.

Source:

Who’s Who in the South and Southwest; Contemporary Authors online.

Joint Publication(s):

Dogs of the Conquest. Norman; University of Oklahoma Press, 1983.

El Inca; The Life and Times of Garcilaso de la Vega.  University of Texas Press, 1968.

Editor:

Chant of the Centuries.  Rev. Ed. W. S. Benson, 1984.

Helping Children See Art and Make Art.  Vol. I.  W. S. Benson, 1982.

The Way of Art.  W. S. Benson, 1985.

The Windows of the All Saints Chapel. Austin, Tex.; All Saints Chapel, 1982.

Translator:

The Conquest and Settlement of Venezuela. (Jose de Oviedo y Ba¤os). Berkeley; University of California Press, 1987.

Joint translator and editor;

The Florida of the Inca (Garcilaso de la Vega). Austin, Tex.; University of Texas Press, 1962.

The Conquest and Settlement of Venezuela. Berkeley; University of California Press, 1987.

Papers;

The papers of John G. and Jeannette Johnson Varner are held by the Benson Manuscripts section of the library at the University of Texas, Austin.

VAUGHAN, GEORGE LESTER, 1891-1981

Biography:

Clergyman, editor. Born– September 23, 1891, near Roswell, Ga. Parents– Anderson and Julia (Lindsey) Vaughan. Married– Katie Stephenson, 1928. Children– Seven. Education– grade school at Snead College School and Colfax School; Burleson College School, 1919-1922; graduated, 1924; later attended East Texas Teachers College. Moved with family to Albertville and Whiton, Ala.; then to Texas. Called to preaching while in Sand Mountain, 1908. Editor, East Texan. Served with U.S. Army in France and Germany, World War I. Died October 13, 1981.

Source:

The Cotton Renter’s Son.

Publication(s):

The Cotton Renter’s Son. Wolfe City, Tex; Hennington Pub. Co., 1967.

VAUGHAN, SUSAN KIRKMAN, 1861-1944.

Biography:

Teacher. Born September 15, 1861,  Florence, Ala. Parents– Samuel and Elizabeth (Woods) Kirkman. Married– David Vaughan, December 6, 1892. Children– One. Education– O’Bryan School, Nashville, Tenn; Florence Synodical Female College; University of Chicago, Ph.D.; Peabody Normal College. Taught at Florence Synodical College; in public schools; history at Florence State Normal School, 1898-.  The University of North Alabama has established a scholarship for a junior or senior history major in her honor.  Died June 29, 1944.

Source:

Owen’s Dictionary of Alabama Biography.

Publication(s):

The History of Alabama State Teachers College, Florence, Alabama.  The College, 1937.

Life in Alabama. Montgomery, Ala.; Dixie Book Co., 1937.

Co-Author;

Scattered Recollections of Elizabeth Kirkman O’Neal and Susan Kirkman Vaughan.  N.p., 1922.

VENABLE, AUSTIN LEWIS, 1902-1980.

Biography:

College professor; historian. Born– May 15, 1902, in Wetumpka, Ala. Parents– William E. and Susan Roberta (Allen) Venable. Married– Nell Smith. Education– University of Alabama, B.A. and M.A.; Vanderbilt, Ph.D.; also studied at University of Chicago. Teaching fellow, University of Alabama, 1928. Taught history at Vanderbilt University, 1935-1937; University of Arkansas, 1937-1945; Winthrop College, 1945-1954; University of Alabama, 1954-1972. Member– Organization of American Historians and Alabama Historical Association. Died August 30,1980.

Source:

Who’s Who in Alabama, Vol. 3; Who’s Who in the South and Southwest.

Publication(s):

The Conflict Between Douglas and Yancey Forces at the Charleston Convention. Fayetteville; University of Arkansas, s.d.

William L. Yancey’s Transition from Unionism to State Rights. Fayetteville; University of Arkansas, 1944.

Papers;

A collection of the papers of Austin L. Venable is held by the Hoole Special Collections Library at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.

VICKERY, KATHERINE, 1898-1978.

Biography:

College professor; psychologist; advocate of women’s rights. Born– March 5, 1898, in Dahlonega, Ga. Parents– Elias Benton and Etta (McMillan) Vickery. Education– North Georgia College, A.B., 1918; George Peabody College, A.M., 1919; Ph.D., 1929. Taught English and Latin in Millington, Tenn, 1919-1922; psychology at Alabama College (University of Montevallo), 1922-1948; Chairperson, Dept. of Psychology, 1948-1968. Visiting professor, University of Alabama and Furman University. Served on the Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women; the Citizens’ Conference on Alabama State Courts; Board of Directors, Chilton-Shelby County Mental Health Board, Chilton-Shelby County Mental Health Center and Shelby Academy. Member– Alabama Academy of Science, American Psychological Association, Kappa Delta Pi, American Association of University Women (president, Alabama State Division).   Named to Hall of Fame of North Georgia College; inducted into Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame at Judson College in 1985.  A scholarship named in her honor was established at Alabama College (Montevallo) in 1978. Died August 19, 1978.

Source:

Who’s Who in the South and Southeast; website of Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame.

Publication(s):

A History of Mental Health in Alabama. Montgomery, Ala.; Department of Mental Health, 1972?

VINCENT, JOHN HEYL, 1832-1920

Biography:

Clergyman; Methodist bishop; founder of the modern Sunday School movement and the Chatauqua institution.. Born– February 23, 1832, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.; moved to Pennsylvania with his family at the age of six.  Parents– John Himrod and Mary (Raser) Vincent. Married–  Sarah Elizabeth Dusenbury, November 10, 1858. Children– One. Education– Lewisburg, Academy;  Wesleyan Institute, Newark, N.J., and special tutors.    Began preaching at eighteen, in the Methodist Episcopal Church; ordained deacon, 1855. Preached in Maryland, New Jersey and Illinois. Founder of Chautauqua Assembly, Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle. Established Northwestern Sunday School Quarterly, 1865; Sunday School Teacher, 1866. Corresponding secretary, Sunday School Union, 1868-1888. Elected bishop 1888; stationed in Buffalo, N.Y., and Topeka, Kan. Bishop in Charge of European work of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1890-1904. Awarded honorary A.B. from Mt. Union College, 1875; S.T.D. Ohio Wesleyan, 1870; D.D., Harvard, 1896; LL.D., Washington & Jefferson, 1885. Died May 9, 1920.

Source:

Who was Who in America, Vol. 1. National Cyclopedia of American Biography, Vol. 24.

Publication(s):

At the Table Altar; Meditations. New York; Fleming H. Revell, 1896.

Better Not. New York; Funk & Wagnall Co., 1887.

The Chautauqua Movement. Boston; Chautauqua Press, 1886.

The Chautauqua Normal Guide. New York; Hitchcock & Walden, 1872.

The Church and Its Officers. Cincinnati; Hitchcock & Walden, 1872.

The Church at Home. Cincinnati; Curtis & Jennings, 1898.

The Church School and Sunday School Institutes. Cincinnati; Cranston & Stowe, s.d.

The Country Sunday School. Cincinnati; Hitchcock & Walden, 1871.

Earthly Footprints of the Man of Galilee. St. Louis; N.D. Thompson Pub. Co., 1893.

Family Worship for Every Day in the Year. New York; Christian Herald, 1905.

First Year With Jesus (Senior Grade); Historical Outline, Journeys and Miracles. Cincinnati; Hitchcock & Walden, 1869.

Greek History. Cincinnati; Hitchcock & Walden, 1879.

The Home Book for Very Little People. New York; Phillips & Hunt, 1887.

The Inner Life; a Study in Christian Experience. Boston; United Society of Christian Endeavor, 1900.

Society of Christian Endeavor, 1900.

The Modern Sunday School. New York; Phillips & Hunt, 1887.

Opening and Closing Services for Five Sundays. New York; Hiblow and Main, 1878.

Outline History of Greece. New York; Chautauqua Press, 1888.

Outline History of Rome. New York; Chautauqua Press, 1889,

Roman History. Cincinnati; Hitchcock & Walden, 1879.

The Second Year with Jesus. New York; Sunday School Union, 1868.

Studies in Pedagogy for People Who Are Not Professional Teachers. New York; W. B. Ketcham, 1890.

Studies in Young Life. New York; Phillips & Hunt, 1887.

Sunday School Institute and Normal Classes. New York; Carlton & Lanahan, 1872.

The Sunday School Reader for Opening Services…. New York; Carlton & Porter, 1866.

To Old Bethlehem. Meadville, Pa; Flood & G. E. Vincent, 1890.

Two Letters to a Minister. New York; Hunt & Eaton, 1893.

Two Years with Jesus. New York; Carlton & Porter, 1867.

Unto Him. New York; F. H. Revell, 1899.

A Year With Moses. New York; Carlton & Lanaham, 1870.

Papers;

A collection of the papers of John Heyl Vincent and other members of his family is held by Bridwell Library at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University.

VINES, CHARLES JERRY, 1937-

Biography:

Baptist Clergyman; denominational leader.   Born– September 22, 1937, in Carrollton, Ga. Parents– Clarence and Ruby  Vines.  Married– Janet Denney, December, 17, 1961. Children– Four. Education– Mercer University, B.A.; New Orleans Seminary, B.D.; Luther Rice Seminary, Th.D. Pastor, West Rome Baptist Church, Rome, Ga; Dauphin Way Baptist Church, Mobile, Ala.; First Baptist Church (3rd largest in SBC), Jacksonville, Florida, 1982-2006.  Founded Jerry Vines Ministries after his retirement from the active pastorate.   President, Alabama Pastors Conference; Southern Baptist Pastor’s Conference; Southern Baptist Convention. Awarded status of pastor emeritus by First Baptist Church of Jacksonville on his retirement in 2006.

Source:

C. Jerry Vines, Jacksonville, Fla.

Publication(s):

Family Fellowship. Dallas; Crescendo Pub., 1976.

Fire in the Pulpit. Nashville; Broadman, 1977.

God Speaks Today; a Study of I Corinthians. Grand Rapids, Mich.; Zondervan, 1979.

Great Events in the Life of Christ. Wheaton, Ill.; Victor Books, 1979.

“I Shall Return”-Jesus. Wheaton, Ill.; Victor, 1977.

Interviews With Jesus. Nashville; Broadman, 1981.

Power in the Pulpit.  Moody, 1999.

Pursuing God’s Own Heart; Lessons from the Life of David.  Broadman and Holman, 2003.

Spirit Life;  Experience the Power, Excitement, and Intimacy of God’s Shaping Hand.  Broadman and Holman, 1998.

VINES, HOWELL HUBERT, 1899-1981

Biography:

Author; college professor. Born– November 22, 1899, in Short Creek, Jefferson County, Ala. Parents– Lawrence James and Mary Frances Vines. Married– Alma Huey. Children– One. Education– University of Alabama, A.B.; Harvard, A.M. Taught English at Rice Institute (1925-27), University of Richmond (1928-29) and Shorter College (1931-32). Published stories in Atlantic Monthly and Southern Review.  Died May 30, 1981.

Source:

Who Was Who Among North American Authors, 1921-1939; The Alabama Librarian, Jan. 1952.

Publication(s):

This Green Thicket World. Boston; Little, Brown, 1934.

A River Goes With Heaven. Boston; Little, Brown, 1930.

VINES, WILLIAM MADISON, 1867-1952

Biography:

Baptist clergyman. Born– December 18, 1867, in Jonesboro, Tenn. Parents– William Lafayette and Nancy (Carr) Vines. Married– Rubie Painter, January 29, 1896; married  Ivy Henderson, April 30, 1902. Education– Central Normal College, Danville, Ind., 1893; Louisville Theological Seminary, 1894-1895; University of Chicago, 1898-1899. Ordained in the Baptist Church 1893. Pastor in Johnson City, Tenn.; Asheville, N.C.; Norfolk, Va.; Brooklyn, N.Y.; St. Joseph, Mo.; Charlotte, N.C.; Augusta, Ga.; Greenwood, S.C.; Quincy, Fla. General evangelist for two years for the Southern Baptist Convention; supply minister, Birmingham area; instructor at Howard College, Dept. of Religion, 1939. Awarded honorary Ph.D. from Carson Newman College, 1906. Died November 25, 1952.

Source:

Who Was Who in America, Vol. 5.

Publication(s):

A Preacher’s Pilgrimage; Sermons, 1952.

VINYARD, MRS. HORACE B. (Pseudonym)

See:

Counselman, Mary Elizabeth

VOLKER, JOSEPH FRANCES, 1913-1989

Biography:

Dentist, teacher; university administrator. Born– March 9, 1913, in Elizabeth, N.J. Parents–Frank and Rose Volker.  Married– Juanita Berry on February 6, 1937. Children– Three. Education– Indiana University, D.D.S., 1936; University of Rochester, A.B., 1938; M.S., 1939, Ph.D., 1941; Dental residency at Mountainside Hospital, N.J., 1936-1937. Taught at School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Rochester, 1941-1942; School of Dentistry, Tufts College, 1942-1949. Dean at Tufts, 1948-1949; School of Dentistry, University of Alabama, Birmingham, 1948-1952. Director of Research and Graduate Study, 1955-1965; Vice president of Health Affairs, 1962-1966; vice president of Birmingham Affairs and director of the Medical Center, 1966-1968; Executive Vice president, 1968-1969; President, University, 1969-1976; Chancellor, University of Alabama Systems, 1976-1982; Distinguished professor, 1982. Director of the Arizona Medical School Study, University of Arizona, Tucson, 1962. Awarded honorary degrees from over eight universities; honored by the government of Czechoslavakia, Thailand, and Iceland. Died May 3, 1989.

Source:

American Men and Women of Science; Who’s Who in the South and Southwest.

Publication(s):

The Numbers Game. Birmingham, Ala.; University of Alabama, 1970.

The University and the City. New York; Newcomen Society in North America, 1971.

The Way of an Administrator. Birmingham, Ala.; University of Alabama, 1966.

Joint Publication(s):

Preliminary Report of a Plan for the Expansion of Selected Academic Programs in Birmingham. Birmingham, Ala.; University of Alabama, 1965.

VOLTZ, JEANNE APPLETON, 1920-2002

Biography:

Journalist; food writer. Born– November 20, 1920, in Collinsville, Ala. Parents– James Lamar and Marie (Sewell) Appleton. Married– Luther Manship Voltz, July 31, 1943. Children– Two. Married Frank Barnett McKnight, August 6, 1988. Education– University of Montevallo, A.B., 1942; Academie Cordon Bleu, 1960; University of California, Los Angeles, 1970. Correspondent, Birmingham News, 1940-1942; Mobile Press Register, 1942-45; Miami Herald, 1947-1951, food editor, 1951-1960; Los Angeles Times, 1960-1973; Woman’s Day 1973-. Member– Institute of Food Technologist, American Home Economics Association, Food Industry Gourmet Society, Les Dames d’Escoffier. Three awards from Florida Womens’ Press Club for articles in Miami Herald; five awards from American Meat Institute (Vesta Award) for articles and editing of sections of Los Angeles Times. Named Alumnus of the Year, University of Montevallo, 1981. Died January 15, 2002.

Source:

Contemporary Authors online; Who’s Who of American Women.

Publication(s):

Barbecued Ribs and Other Great Feeds. New York; Knopf, 1985.

Barbecued Ribs, Smoked Butts, and Other Great Feeds. New York; Knopf, 1990.

The California Cookbook. Indianapolis, Ind.; Bobbs-Merrill, 1970.

Community Suppers and Other Glorious Repasts. New York; Scribners, 1987.

Famous Florida Recipes. Miami; Miami Herald, 1954.

The Flavor of the South; Delicacies and Staples of Southern Cuisine. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1977.

The Los Angeles Times Natural Foods Cookbook. New York; New American Library, 1975.

Joint Publication(s):

Gifts from a Country Kitchen. New York; Arco, 1984.

How to Turn a Passion for Food into Profit. New York; Rawson, Wade, 1979.

The L.A. Gourmet; Favorite Recipes from Famous Los Angles Restaurants. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1971.

VOLZ, JAMES THOMAS, 1953-

Biography:

Teacher, theatrical director. Born– August 1, 1953, in Dayton, Ohio Parents– John Louis and Betty Jean (Lauber) Volz. Married– Evelyn Carol Case, May 22, 1982. Children– two.  Education– Wright State University, B.A., 1971; Bowling Green State University, M.A., 1976; University of Colorado, Ph.D., 1984; also New York University, Fund Raising School. Taught at Bowling Green, Colorado College, Wright State, University of Alabama, University of Colorado, Boulder, (acting and theater management). Consultant for many theaters. Managing director and chief executive officer, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, 1982-1991; professor of theatre, California State University Fullerton, 1991-.  Member National Theatre Conference; Dramatists Guild; American Theatre in Higher Education; Theatre Communications Group.  Chair, Auburn (AL) Fine Arts Council, 1987-91.

Source:

Alabama Shakespeare Festival; Marquis Who’s Who online.

Publication(s):

Shakespeare Never Slept Here. Atlanta; Cherokee Press, 1986.

Joint editor;

Words for Lovers: Snippets, Sonnets, and Sensual Sayings from William Shakespeare.  Columbiana, AL: Watermark, 1990.

VON BRAUN, WERNHER, 1912-1977

Biography:

Engineer, Born– March 23, 1912, in Wirsitz, Germany. Parents– Baron Magnus and Emmy (Von Quistorp) Von Braun. Married– Maria Von Quistorp, March 1, 1947. Children– Three. Education– Institute of Technology, Zurich, 1930; Institute of Technology, Berlin, B.S., 1932; University of Berlin, Ph.D., 1934. Assistant to Professor Oberth while experimenting with small liquid fuel rocket motors in Berlin-Ploetzensee; liquid fuel rocket expert, German Ordnance Department, Kammersdorf, 1932-1937; technical director, German Research Center, Peenemuende, 1937-1945; responsible for development of V-2 long range rocket and A.A. guided missile, Wasserfell. Came to U.S. 1945; became citizen 1955. Technical advisor, White Sands Proving Grounds, Ordnance Department., U.S. Department of Defense; project director Ft. Bliss, Tex., 1945-1950. Chief of guided missile development division, Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Ala. 1950-1965; director, Developmental Operations Division, Army Ballistic Missile Agency, 1956-1960; director, George C. Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA, 1960-1970. Developed Saturn V Rocket, Apollo Lunar Landing Program, Skylab Space Station. Associate Administrator, NASA, Washington, 1970-1972; Vice president for Engineering, Fairchild Industries, 1972-1977. Awarded honorary degrees from more than twenty colleges and universities. Awarded the National Medal of Science, 1975.  Von Braun Convention Center in Huntsville is named in his honor.  Died January 16,1977.

Source:

Who Was Who in America, Vol. 7.

Publication(s):

Conquest of the Moon. New York; Viking Press, 1953.

The First Man to the Moon. New York; Holt, 1960.

Mars Project. Urbana; University of Illinois Press, 1962.

Space Frontiers. New York; Holt, 1967.

Joint Publication(s):

Careers in Astronautics and Rocketry; Training and Opportunities in the Space and Missile Fields. New York; McGraw-Hill, 1962.

The Exploration of Mars. New York; Viking Press, 1956.

History of Rocketry and Space Travel. New York; Crowell, 1967.

New Worlds; Discoveries from our Solar System. New York; Anchor, 1979.

Reaching for the Stars. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1960.

The Rocket’s Red Glare. New York; Anchor, 1976.

VROMAN, MARY ELIZABETH CUNNINGHAM, 1925-1967

Biography:

Teacher; writer. Born– 1925 in Buffalo, N.Y. Parents Charles and ____ Cunningham. Married– Oliver M. Harper. Education– Alabama State University, B.A., 1949.  Reared in the West Indies. Taught at Camden Academy, Camden, Ala.; in Sylacauga and Montgomery, Ala.; and in Chicago and New York. Music and art coordinator for the New York City Board of Education “Higher Horizons” program. Technical advisor for one of her stories (“See How They Run”), Metro-Goldwin-Mayer’s “Bright Road”. First African-American woman member of the Screen Writers Guild. Awarded the Christopher for inspirational magazine writing.  Died April 29, 1967.

Source:

Selected Black American Writers; Black American Writers; New York Times, April 30, 1967.

Publication(s):

Esther. New York; Bantam, 1963.

Harlem Summer. New York; Putnam, 1967.

Shaped to its Purpose; Delta Sigma Theta, the First Fifty Years. New York; Random, 1961.