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LU establishes Dr. Howell H. Gwin Jr. Scholarship in History

A new scholarship has been established in the Lamar University Foundation in honor of Howell H. Gwin Jr., a longtime history professor at Lamar University. Elizabeth Smith Gwin, Howell’s mother, established the Dr. Howell H. Gwin Jr. Scholarship in History to honor her son’s commitment to teaching and academic service.

“She and my father (also a lifelong college teacher) have been an important presence in my life and my teaching -- ask any of my students how often their names come up in class lectures,” Howell Gwin Jr. said. “The support they have always given me can now be extended to other students through this gift.”

Born in New York, N.Y., Howell Gwin Jr. earned a bachelor’s degree in English and master’s degree in history from Mississippi State University. He was the youngest person to receive a doctoral degree in history from Mississippi State University.

Gwin joined the history faculty at Lamar University in 1962. Since his arrival, he has taught courses in the study of ancient, classical and medieval civilizations as well as world civilization and American history surveys. In addition to teaching, Gwin has been active as a cultural historian, researching medieval medical education, medieval leprosy, and medieval art and architecture. In 1976, he received a research grant to participate in an archaeological dig in England in search of the original Camelot. Gwin has published articles in several medieval and British historical encyclopedias and has compiled the General Index for the Texas Gulf Historical and Biographical Record.

He also served Lamar for a decade as director of graduate studies. He was the longest-serving full-time faculty member on the Lamar University campus until his recent transition to part-time teaching. The Texas State University System Board of Regents named Gwin Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History in August 2009.

Gwin is married to the former Elizabeth Marion Logan, a former faculty member in the Lamar Department of Mathematics. They are involved in several community organizations, including the ministry of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Beaumont and the Veterans Administration volunteer program. The couple has two children, Howell Holmes Gwin III of Denver, Colo., and Anne Gwin of Nissequogue, N.Y., and two grandchildren, Howell Holmes Gwin IV and Logan Emory Gwin.

For information about establishing an endowed scholarship, contact the Lamar University Foundation at (409) 880-2117.