Charles Collins Rounds

April 9th, 2010 by Bridget

1882—1896

roundsCharles C. Rounds was educated at Dartmouth, Bowdoin and Colby Colleges and served as principal of public schools in Ohio for six years, and as head of the state normal school in Farmington, Maine from 1882-1896.  He retired to New York City, where he died in 1901.    Rounds was a founder and president of the National Council of Education, and president of both the New England and National Normal Schools Association.   In describing the Plymouth area Rounds wrote, “In scenery, Plymouth is remarkable for the beauty of its meadows, through which the Pemigewasset winds, and for the grace of its Elm trees.  Rounds Hall, a landmark Plymouth State building that was dedicated in 1891, was named in his honor. Even the hurrying and careless visitor will have his attention arrested here and there by a faultless one, standing out alone over its private area of shadow, seemingly an ever-gushing fountain of graceful verdure.”

from One Hundred Years of Service: Plymouth State College 1871-1971. Norton R. Bagley; and advancement publications