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DR ODEL1 RICHARDSON REUBEN 1918-1970
An able administrator and eminent scholar, a devoted family man and noble community leader these phrases describe the sentiments that the Morris College family felt for the late President O R Reuben to whom the 1971-72 edition of the HORNET is lovingly dedicated.
I lc was first an able administrator:
Dr Reuben was elected the seventh President of Morris College in 1948. His tenure as president spanned twenty-two years. During this period he consistently maintained and improved the physical plant and the educational offerings often during timesof crises lie knew how to direct the efficient utilisation of the limited operational funds provided mostly by the Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina and donors. Tangible evidence of his successful administration is reflected in the physical plant expansion During Dr. Reuben's administration, six ofthc twelve major buildings that comprise the campus were constructed two dormitories for women, a student center, a gymnasium, men's dormitory, the present education huildmg (formerly a science building!, and a modern science-language building Other physical plant improvements include a stadium and a fence erected around the forty acre campus. The value of the physical plant quadrupled lie upgraded the administrative practices and policies of the Institution by creating, among other things, offices for financial and institutional development, an office of student affairs and an office of career counseling. In 1968, Dr Reuben launched the multi-million dollar development program in which the College is presently engaged An I mincnl Scholar
Dr Reuben attended the elementary schools of Silverstrcei, South Carolina and graduated from Drayton Street High School of Newberry He was a Magna Cum I aude graduate of Benedict College with the B. and B I) degrees, and he received the Masters Degree in Sacred I heologv from Oberlin University. He earned his Ph.D. in religion from Duke University. Dr. Reuben's concern for quality education was far from being personal. The fact that he established a program of financial assistance to faculty members for graduate and post graduate study attests to this concern He encouraged students to adopt as their motto. "Strive for excellence in all academic pursuits: nothing less than your best is w orthy of your labor."
A Devoted family Man:
Strongly devoted to his wife and children. Dr Reuben gave himself and the fruits of his labor with deepest love, manly responsibility and unforgettable gentleness He understood his family as a part of the foundation of society and undergirded it with the enduring power of prayer and faith. His concern nevertheless extended far beyond his immediate family to the families of his faculty, his students and the community at large. He spent many hours counseling and sharing with people everywhere.
A Noble Community I cader
In community and civic affairs Dr Reuben was uniquely effective. He was an active, scholarly Christian leader in human relations and social welfare activities. He worked with national, state and local government officials and with various civic and religious organizations to promote humanitarian concerns. He was secretary of the South Carolina Christian Action Council, and was a member of the South Carolina Council on Human Relations His concern for his fellow man was far reaching. As a result, he worked in the local Sumter City-County Planning Commission, the Moore Elementary School Lay Board of Visitors, the NAACP. the Odd fellows, the American Academy of Political Science, and the Masonic Lodge As a preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Dr Reuben exerted a positive influence By precepts and examples, his primary message was one of tolerance and understanding invigorated with the warning that individuals and institutions must be reborn
IN MEMORIA M: DR. ODELL R. REUBEN
Whal dark the shattered dream incurs At evanescent death.
That woos the brutish catafalque And stalks the very span of hope.
How warm comes breath that final space And hesitates at last.
Gives once when gift is last to give That separate hush that muffles pain.
O pale and ancient sordid Death!
O frail and harmless villainy!
The veiling lowers once again And joins the soul in endless peace.
W. David Boswell
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Together both, ere the high lawns appeared Under the opening eye-lids of the Morn,
We drove a-field,, and both together heard What time the gray-fly winds her sultry horn...
THE PRESIDI NT S FAMILY. 1969
Dr. and Mrs. Reuben celebrate their twenty-fifth wedding
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With pride and joy. Dr. and Mrs. Reuben. Jane and Janice pose with daughter. Wilhclmenia. upon receiving her bachelor's degree from Duke University.
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