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Eckles, Robert B.



  • Existence: April 11, 1910 - January 22, 1993

Biographical Information

Robert "Bob" Bower Eckles was born on April 11, 1910 in York, Nebraska. He graduated from Harvard University in 1932, attended Queen's College for a year, and returned to Harvard university for his Ph.D in history in 1938. He worked at Stephens Junior College in Columba, Missouri, Culver Military Academy in Indiana, Kent State University in Ohio before accepting a faculty appointment at Purdue University in 1945.

At Purdue he taught Western Civilization Courses, trained eight master's level students, and served as the faculty sponsor for the Purdue Crew. He published several articles, a textbook, and "The Dean: A Biography of A.A. Potter" as well served as a Fellow in the Royal Historical Society of Great Britain and a chair member of the American Historical Association's Committee on Microfilming. He took a three year leave of absence from Purdue University to direct the Indiana Historical Society's Natural History Gas Project. He later became the president of the American Microform Academy in Boston, became the co-founder of the Midwest Conference on British History, and served as executive secretary and chair of the Advisory Committee on the Franklin J. Matchette Foundation.

His family consisted of his wife, Anne Alexander Eckles, his daughters, Alison E. Gereneser and Sarah E. Hunter, his stepdaughters Sylvia W. Cutler and Suzanne W. Burg, and three grandchildren.


Purdue University Senate, Seventh meeting of the 1992-1993 Purdue University Senate, UA 8, Purdue University Faculty and Senate records, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Research Center, Purdue University Libraries

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Andrews, Frederick N., July 30, 1970

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSO 2, Series 1, Sub-series 1
Scope and Contents One oral history interview with Frederick N. Andrews by Robert B. Eckles.
Dates: July 30, 1970