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Compton, Ida L.
Person · 1917-1985

Ida Kay Compton was born on June 14, 1917 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. While a graduate student at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts in 1947, she met Sinclair Lewis.  Lewis had recently moved to Williamstown from Duluth, Minnesota.

Compton, who was known as Ida Kay, wrote a book review on Lewis' 1947 novel, Kingsblood Royal, and was summoned by Lewis to his farm, Thorvale.  Here began a friendship that lasted until Lewis' death in 1951.

Ida married Williams College chemistry faulty member Charles Compton in 1953.

Her career included stints at the University of Chicago Press and Time, Inc.

Ida passed away on September 22, 1985 in Bradenton, Florida.

Cox, Kenneth
Person · 1933-2022

Born on August 31, 1933, Kenneth Cox graduated from East Stroudsburg University in 1955 with a B.S. degree in health and physical education. He later received his Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction. Cox served in the U.S. military from 1955 to 1956. In 1956 Summer games in Melbourne, Australia, he was part of the U.S. Olympic wrestling team.

Cox coached wrestling for 25 years, four of which were spent at St. Cloud State. Ken Cox coached the SCSU wrestling team from 1963 through 1967. During his St. Cloud State career, Cox coached the Olympic-bound Hazewinkel twins, Dave and Jim, accompanying them to their 1964 Olympic Trial in New York City. Cox saw the completion of Halenbeck Hall in 1965 and hosted the NAIA championships there in 1966. Throughout his entire coaching career, Cox coached 16 NAIA All-Americans, three Olympians, eight national champions, and numerous NCAA All-Americans. He passed away on February 5, 2022 at the age of 88.

Ellingson, William J.
Person · 1933-1994

William J. Ellingson was an Art faculty member at St. Cloud State University from 1963 to 1993. Born in Forrestberg, South Dakota on March 29, 1933, Ellingson received BFA from the Minneapolis School of Art in 1960 and his MFA from the University of Iowa in 1963.

English
Corporate body

Courses in English composition and literature have been taught at St. Cloud State since its founding as the Third State Normal School in 1869, forming a core part of the early curriculum, and have grown into an active department within the College of Liberal Arts.

Chairpersons:

Howard H. Russell: 1967-1972

James K. Gottshall: 1972-1987

Michael Connaughton: 1987-1988

Marcia Summers: 1988-1989 (interim)

Richard Dillman: 1989-1995

Robert Inkster: 1995-1999

Suellen Rundquist: 1999-2004

Robert Inkster: 2004-2008

Raymond Philipott: 2008-2011

Robert Inkster: 2011-2012 (interim)

Richard Dillman:2012-2013 (interim)

Glenn Davis: 2013-2015

?: 2015-2018

Judith Dorn and Judith Kilborn: 2018-2019 (co-chairs)