An Appreciation


For this issue, we devote our page to a pleasant task, for the doing- of which we fee! inadequately pre-pared. We shall attempt to indicate, in some small part at least, what the services of Professor George R. Chathurn have been and have meant to the Univer-sity of Nebraska. With his retirement at the end of this school year, we are sustaining a loss that we all feel keenly. But if any man has ever earned a right to withdraw from the grind and turmoil of the class-room to the quieter fields of contemplation and retro-spection, he is one such. We are glad that our con-tacts are not to cease, inasmuch as he will remain in Lincoln.

George Richard Chatburn is a graduate of Iowa State College, in 1884. with the degree of B.C.E. His later degrees are A.M. (Nebr.) 1897, C.E. (Ta. St. Coll.) 1910, Dr.Eng. (la. St. Coll.) 1928.

He has been an educator, practically his entire life, beginning immediately after graduation from college, in the public schools in Iowa. Later he was in Ne-braska, at Plattsinouth, Humboldt, and Wymore, in succession.

He has, with us, a continuous service record of thii"t}"-se\-eii vears. His first appointment was as In-structor in Mathematics, in 1894. In 1895 he was listed as Instructor in Mathematics and Civil Engi-neering. Tn 1901, Assistant Professor of Civil Engi-neering.   In 1905 Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and Head of Department of Theoretical and Appiied Mechanics. In 1907 Professor of Applied Mechanics and Machine Design. In 1909 Head Professor Applied Mechanics.   In 1919 Professor Applied Mechanics and Architectural Engineering, Chairman of Department.  During the school year 1926-1927, he was Dean of Men, for the University as a whole, but retained bis Engineering College connections, and, at the close of the year, came back into the active teaching, which he loved best.
Dr. Chatburn has been a stalwart on University committees, such as Scholarship, of which he was chairman from its organization in 1901, until 1930:

Student Organizations (Chmn. 1909-1926) ; Student Loans (Chmn._) ; Non-Resident Fees (Chmn.) ; Course of Study, College of Engineering ('Chmn.) ; Graduate Study, College of Engineering. It is doubtful if a faculty member could be found whose record of service to the University has spread wider or pene-trated deeper than his.

In the College of Engineering, he has been recog-nized as an outstanding teacher. His clarity of analysis and effective presentation was enlightening to the stu-dent, wlio has always been his chief interest.  His friendliness and approacliability has made him a ready and much-sought counselor.

He was always a student, also, and in his work. as in his life contacts, he has been versatile and inquiring.  At different times he has taught university subjects of considerable variety.   Beginning with algebra, determinants, graphic algebra, etc., he later handled surveying courses. His preparation in theoretical and applied mechanics soon brought that subject into his program. Stresses in framed structures, mechanics of materials, materials of construction, graphic statics—all fell to his lot. This led naturally into such applied subjects as timber physics, stereotomy, roads and pavements, etc.

Still later, his chairmanship gave him the responsi-bility for courses in architectural engineering, some of which he directed, others of which he taught.

His contact with engineering students has thus been very wide, and hundreds of men have benefited by this direct touch, and by the personal acquaintance. Nearly all of the engineering alumni and former stu-dents of Nebraska know and love him.

While we cannot recount here his numerous professional, social and civic attachments and activities, we should record that national recognition came to him in the Presidency of the Society for the Promotion of Engineering Education in 1916-17, while the American Society of Testing Materials has placed him on responsible committees.  In the former capacity, he gave impetus to the movement by which the colleges of the country offered their facilities to the United States Government for the training of soldiers in the World War.

He is the author of two bonks. Highway Engineering (1921), and Highways and Highway Transportation (1923).
The emeritus status to which he goes September 1931, relieves him of assigned duties, unless it may be found that certain non-scheduled services are compatible witli his physical condition.   We trust that the decrease of his responsibilities may afford him a relaxation which will admit of an increase in bodily vigor.