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BESS B. CALDWELL
Bess B. Caldwell, former faculty member in the Department of Human Ecology, died Friday, December 14, 2001, at the age of 94. She is survived by her nieces, nephews, and her friends, many of whom are her former students.
Ms. Caldwell was born in Utley, Texas, on June 10, 1907. She earned a B.S. from The University of Texas at Austin in 1928 and then completed postgraduate work in the summers before receiving an M.A. from Columbia Teachers College in New York. Further graduate work was done at Colorado Agricultural and Mechanical College. She taught in the public schools of Alpine, Texas, from 1928 to 1931, and in Austin and San Antonio from 1933 to 1937. She served the Texas Education Agency in Austin as assistant state supervisor of home economics education from 1931 to 1933, and as a traveling teacher trainer from 1937 to 1940. From 1943 to 1944, she was director of the Cost of Living Survey for the U.S. Department of Labor in Dallas; from 1944 to 1945, she was associate economist and did analysis for the National War Labor Board in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1945, Ms. Caldwell moved to Austin and became an assistant professor of home economics education for the University of Texas, and worked for the University until her retirement in 1973. In the summers of 1952 and 1953, Ms. Caldwell again served the Texas Education Agency, as an area supervisor of home and family life education. She was a research associate for the Humanities Research Center at the University during the summers of 1968 to 1971.
Although she lived most of her life in Texas, Ms. Caldwell traveled widely, particularly in Europe and the Far East. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to be a lecturer for the U.S. State Department in Pakistan from 1961 to 1962. She received a Certificate of Commendation for this work in Lahore, Pakistan from the U.S. Educational Foundation. She was a member of a number of state and national organizations in the fields of home economics and vocational education. In addition, she was a member of the Texas Association of College Teachers, for which she served as vice president in 1955, and the American Association of University Women. Ms. Caldwell was listed in Who’s Who of American Women in 1977-1978.
Ms. Caldwell is fondly remembered by her colleagues and former students as a dedicated and masterful teacher who had faith in her students and inspired them by example to do their very best.
Larry R. Faulkner, President
The University of Texas at Austin
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
This memorial resolution was prepared by a special committee consisting of Professors Martha B. Gillham (chair), Catherine A. Surra, and Jean T. Sutherland.