|Birth: ||May 23, 1881|
|Death: ||Dec. 7, 1948|
Santa Barbara County
Father: Capt. Arthur William CHENOWETH
Mother: Margaret J. FRANKLIN
Spouse: Sibyl Lucretia Curran
LAWRENCE EVERETT CHENOWETH, Professor of Education and Placement Director at Santa Barbara College, died in Santa Barbara, California, December 7, 1948, in his sixty-seventh year. He became a member of the Santa Barbara faculty in 1940 and had expected to retire on June 30, 1949. Professor Chenoweth was born in Atlantic, Iowa, May 23, 1881. His education was obtained primarily in California where he attended Santa Rosa High School, San Francisco Business College, and received his teaching credential at San Jose State Normal School in 1903. He completed his A.B. degree at Santa Barbara State Teachers College in 1930.
From 1903 to 1906, Professor Chenoweth served Kern County and Bakersfield schools as a teacher and vice-principal. Between 1907 and 1909 he acted as State Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction. He left the teaching profession in 1909 to work in the newspaper field and for five years was vice-president, publisher and part owner of the Bakersfield Daily Morning Echo. The call to teach youth was too powerful to resist and he returned to the profession in 1915. He became County Superintendent of Schools of Kern County for thirteen years, and City School Superintendent at Bakersfield from January 1928 to 1940. During those twelve years he also taught Summer Session classes at Santa Barbara College and was a popular lecturer at educational conventions and institutes throughout Arizona and California.
Professor Chenoweth was one of the first appointees to the State Board of Education in 1913 and served two years. Through several state administrations he served on the California Curriculum Commission and took an active part in the selection of textbooks, preparation of teachers' manuals, and the writing of two books published by the State in 1935 entitled, Teacher's Guide to Child Development. He has published numerous articles on Courses of Study, State Manuals and Teacher Placement.
He acted as vice-chairman of the Santa Barbara faculty during the first year of its affiliation with the University and served on many important faculty committees. In 1944-45 he was president of the Western Institutional Teacher Placement Association and served as a state board member in each of the following societies: National Education Association, Progressive Education Association, and American Association of School Administrators. He became the first president of the California State Elks Association.
It would be difficult to evaluate completely Professor Chenoweth's influence upon students. His work as Director of the Placement Bureau and Professor of Education brought him into intimate contact with young teachers who came to depend upon his keen and penetrating judgment. His knowledge entailed a vast amount of information about all promise and ability was always trustworthy, and his encouragement warm and friendly. Here was a man notably free from an maliciousness, a quality which registered in all his contacts. Students responded eagerly to his willing generosity of time and effort; they remember with a wholesome and affectionate regard their friend of unlimited kindness and consideration. In his teaching, other qualities appeared; he was forthright and direct, skillful and effective, quiet and resourceful. He is remembered as a somewhat droll, slow-moving person with a cordial greeting for everyone. He combined scholarship with geniality, and he displayed a gift of understanding in and out of the classroom. His passing is deeply regretted. Those who knew him cherish his rare personality.
Surviving him are his widow, Sybil C. Chenoweth, a daughter, Mrs Dorothy C. Klausner of Bakersfield, and a son, Stewart Chenoweth, Assistant Professor of Speech at Michigan State College.
Source: 1948 University of California: In Memoriam
Arthur William Chenoweth (1838 - 1912)
Margaret Franklin Chenoweth (1847 - 1910)
Franklin Bryon Chenoweth (1869 - 1960)*
Lawrence Everett Chenoweth (1881 - 1948)
Created by: Arthur Allen "Art" Moore...
Record added: Dec 20, 2011
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