Beverly Waugh Kunkel (1882-1969)
Where: Yelping Hill
When: 1922- 1969
Kunkel was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and studied at Yale University, where he received a Ph.D. in 1905. After graduating from Yale, Kunkel taught there for the next seven years as an instructor in the science department. In 1912 he moved to Wisconsin, and taught at Beloit College until 1915, when he was offered the position of professor of biology at Lafayette College, in Pennsylvania. Kunkel taught at Lafayette College for the next thirty-seven years.
Although an active scholar, Kunkel's main interest was teaching. Kunkel published 14 articles in the field of biology between 1910 and 1933. He wrote many letters, articles and book reviews on the origins of World War I that can be found in publications such as The New York Times, Saturday Review of Literature, and The Scientific Monthly. He also conducted a number of detailed statistical studies concerning personalities listed in Who's Who in America and other directories.
In 1922 Kunkel, with the Canby, Dodd, MacCracken, Smith, and Trowbridge families, founded Yelping Hill in Cornwall, Connecticut.
Following his retirement, Kunkel became interested in local public health facilities. He organized a study of the facilities available in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, and then aided in establishing a county health department. In 1967 he published a book on the history of public health work in Pennsylvania called Milestones to Health in Pennsylvania. In 1962, ten years after Kunkel had retired from teaching, Lafayette College awarded him an honorary Doctor of Science degree. In September 1969, Lafayette dedicated its new biology building Beverly Waugh Kunkel Hall in his honor. Kunkel died in1969.
Image courtesy of Yale Peabody Museum