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Dr Isaac Stevens Halstead “Ted” Metcalf

Dr Isaac Stevens Halstead “Ted” Metcalf

Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
Death 29 Nov 2000 (aged 88)
Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 155107627 · View Source
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Ted Metcalf, PhD., served students for more than 50 years, first with The Citadel and then the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Dr. Metcalf began his career teaching biology and chemistry in 1937. Upon his retirement from The Citadel in 1966, he was appointed associate professor of anatomy at MUSC and in 1980 was promoted to professor of anatomy. He retired from MUSC in 1980, but continued as professor emeritus.

Dr. Metcalf was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He received a bachelor's degree in zoology from Oberlin College in 1934 and a master's degree in protozoology from Columbia University in 1936. He received a doctorate in freshwater biology from Case Western University in 1940.

He received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from The Citadel for his contributions to the academic community of the Lowcountry of S. C.

He was a member of the American Association of Anatomists and S.C. Academy of Science and an honorary member of Beta Beta Beta. He was a member of First Scots Presbyterian Church.

In 1986, the I.S.H. Metcalf scholarship fund was started at The Citadel to honor him.

After Hurricane Hugo destroyed the organ at St. Lukes Chapel on the campus of MUSC, Dr. Metcalf got involved. The subcommittee called upon Dr. Gudger, an Associate Professor of Music at the College of Charleston and a prominent community organist, to design an organ specific to the acoustics of the chapel. The subcommittee chose the Bedient Organ Company of Lincoln, Nebraska, to build the organ. The honor of naming the organ was given to a major contributor to its construction. Dr. I.S.H. Metcalf named the organ in memory of his wife, Margaret. Dr. John Fesperman, the Curator of Musical Instruments at the Smithsonian Institution, first played the organ on January 28, 1994.

He was the widower of Margaret Jane Schnabel Metcalf. Surviving are two sons, Dr. John S. Metcalf of Johns Island, and Dr. David H. Metcalf of Charlottesville, Va.; and a grandson.

From his son, John Metcalf, M. D. in Nov. 2015, "We actually have a fairly complete geneology (constructed by my great uncle Keyes Metcalf, who was, for many years, the librarian at the New York Public Library and director of the Harvard University Library system)."

Col. Metcalfe (as he was designated at The Citadel) was my faculty advisor for my 4 years as a Citadel cadet and a wonderful man. He worked out regularly in the college swimming pool. A couple of unique and memorable physical things: (1) his walking gait was perfectly smooth and with no bounce or sway at all & hardly any swinging of the arms at all...he seemed almost to glide. And (2) he was so ambidextrous that, lecturing with his back to the class and in front of the large chalk board in the front of the room, he would start something with his left hand and change the chalk to his right hand to finish writing rightward...never missing a beat! We both started at MUSC at the same time, 1966...he as faculty and I as medical student. I will never forget Dr. Metcalf.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 155107627
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Isaac Stevens Halstead “Ted” Metcalf (17 Aug 1912–29 Nov 2000), Find A Grave Memorial no. 155107627, citing Saint Andrews Episcopal Church Cemetery, Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Ervin Shaw (contributor 47632367) .