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BU honors missionary with plaque

Nov. 5, 1998

BY SUSAN TURNER

Reporter

Susan_Turner@baylor.edu

A plaque honoring the late Dr. Henry Lee Hargrove, former Baylor English professor, was unveiled at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday by President Robert B. Sloan Jr. and Aurora Lee Hargrove Koon Morrow, Hargrove's daughter.

'My father enjoyed teaching. He was a born teacher, but he most of all honored God,' Morrow said.

The ceremony consisted of Baylor staff, former missionaries, local regents and individuals who have helped in Baylor's International Education Program. The plaque can be seen on the first floor of Carroll Science Hall.

'The motivation behind all of this is to draw the attention of our students to Baylor's international involvement and the many individuals who have given their lives to missions,' Dr. Herbert H. Reynolds, chancellor, said in a press release.

Hargrove was born in Hopkins County, Texas in 1868. In the late 1800s, he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Peabody College. In 1902, he completed his doctorate at Yale University.

Hargrove was a professor of English at Baylor from 1893 to 1899 and 1903 to 1912. While at Baylor, he served as chairman of the English department, directed the Baylor Glee Club and was instrumental in organizing the first Baylor Brass Band. Hargrove's students at Baylor included Rev. George W. Truett and U.S. Senator Tom Connally.

'His service to the Baylor English department represents a significant achievement in teaching and scholarship during the late 19th century and early 20th century,' said Dr. Maurice A. Hunt, professor and chair of the English department.

While teaching at Baylor, Hargrove responded to his calling to the mission field. He taught English at Henan University in Kaifend, China for 15 years. Hargrove returned to the United States in 1928 when he began teaching at Hunter College in New York until he died of a heart attack in 1938.

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