|Birth: ||Mar. 5, 1858|
|Death: ||May 18, 1937|
Dr. Joseph A. Culler, who died May 18, 1937, was for many years a professor at Miami University and Dr. S. R. Williams, a long time associate and friend, has furnished the following tribute:
"Dr. Joseph A. Culler was born in Wayne County, Ohio, March 5, 1858, and died at the Miami University hospital in Oxford May 18, 1937, in his eightieth year. He received the A.B. in 1884 and the Ph.D. in 1900, both degrees from Wooster College. His wife, Isabella Carnes, who survives him, also attended Wooster.
"Dr. Culler was principal of the high school in Cambridge, Ohio, the year 1884-85 and of the high school in Kenton from 1889 to 1900 and in Bowling Green from 1900 to 1903.
"In 1903 he was called to the chair of Physics in Miami University and retired from active service in 1926 because of the serious results of X-ray burns received during experimental work. Dr. Culler was quiet and reserved so that one had to become acquainted with him to appreciate his many-sided abilities. During his undergraduate course he directed the early gymnasium classes at Wooster and through
his secondary school teaching, in addition to his special work in physics, he found the time to write a graded series of texts in physiology with many original illustrations.
"In college he prepared his own text book and set of laboratory directions for the introductory physics course and many of the advanced texts. His style was terse, simple and easily comprehended. His demonstrations of physical phenomena were carefully planned and with details thoroughly worked out so that the interest of the hearers never waned. He was an inspiring and painstaking teacher, experienced in the difficulties and discouragements of the young. His time and assistance were freely available for any one in need whether student, faculty or townsman.
"He was for many years on the Board of Public Affairs of the village of Oxford. He was a member of the Beta Theta Pi college fraternity and of the Masonic order. A life-long member of the Presbyterian church, he taught a men's class in the Sunday School and as long as he was physically able. His younger colleagues, especially those working in the same building, regularly relied on his manipulative ability to straighten out refractory apparatus and much more on his judgment and friendly advice to straighten out unfortunate kinks in their lives." (from the Journal of the Ohio Academy of Science)
Michael Culler (1831 - 1917)
Barbara Jane Harold Culler (1828 - 1919)
Isabel Carnes Culler (1864 - 1941)
Eugene Calvin Culler (1856 - 1932)*
Joseph Albertus Culler (1858 - 1937)
William Annan Culler (1861 - 1944)*
James Renfield Culler (1863 - 1951)*
Created by: CTB
Record added: Dec 30, 2008
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