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Vernon E. "Dan" McGrew, Class of 1949

Author, Instructor, Historian

Vernon E. "Dan" McGrew

Prior to earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Marietta College in 1949, Vernon E. "Dan" McGrew wrote for the student newspaper, The Marcolian.

Following graduation, he embarked on a 38-year career with his alma mater. During a brief hiatus (1951-54), McGrew accepted a position in the journalism department of California's Whittier College. There he was named Director of Public Relations, capturing the American College Public Relations Association's first-place award for the Whittier College catalog.

Returning to Marietta in 1954 as College editor and journalism instructor, he rose to Assistant to the President for Development (1956-63), and Director of Development (1963-71), followed by three years service as Associate in Development, Assistant to the President and as a development consultant. In 1963, McGrew was named Secretary to the Board of Trustees, serving until his 1990 retirement. During his tenure, McGrew penned an on-going column for Marietta's alumni magazine, Marietta's World.

In 1980, he received the first Alumni Association President's Award in honor of "… distinguished service to the institution." In 1985, McGrew co-created a photographic history of the College, Moments in Time. The Board of Trustees, in recognition of his devoted service, named McGrew an Honorary Trustee in 1990, the fifth such appointment in the College's history.

McGrew authored a volume of College history (1935-89), … In the Various Branches of Useful Knowledge, which was published in 1994, one month after his Sept. 27 death. A scholarship in his memory was established that same year.