President Emeritus Dies

April 5th, 2001 by Adam

Those who worked with President Harold Hyde during his 26-year tenure as president of the College will remember his attention to detail. It will come as no surprise then, to know that Dr. Hyde left on file an obituary. What follows is published as written by Dr. Hyde in 1986, with only date and place of death added.

Harold Eldred Hyde
July 22, 1911 – April 1, 2001

Dr. Harold E. Hyde, President Emeritus of Plymouth State College of the University System of New Hampshire, died April 1 in Concord Hospital.

President Hyde was born July 22, 1911 in Hartwick, N.Y., the son of Howard C. and Bertha Eldred Hyde. He graduated from Hartwick High School in 1926. He earned a B.S. from Hartwick College in 1933, a M.S. from Albany State College for Teachers in 1939, and an Ed.D. from New York University in 1950. He was awarded honorary degrees from New England College, St. Anselm College, Hartwick College and Plymouth State College. He was also awarded the Charles Homes Pettee Medal for Distinguished Service to Mankind by the University of New Hampshire and the Robert Frost Contemporary American Award by Plymouth State College.

Hyde was a past president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the New England Teacher Preparation Association, the New Hampshire College and University Council, the New Hampshire Educational Broadcasting Council, and the Plymouth Rotary Club.

His educational career included service as teacher, researcher and administrator in various New York State communities, the State Department of Education in New Hampshire, and 26 years as president of Plymouth Teachers College and Plymouth State College. During his tenure at Plymouth, the college enrollment grew from about 250 to almost 3500 students. Buildings added to the campus during that time included a physical education center, a dramatics-music building, a library, a science building, an infirmary, an administration building, a college union, a dining commons, and a multi-purpose classroom building which bears his name. Also added were five dormitories and two student housing complexes.

President Hyde is survived by his wife, Mary Rita Oliver Hyde, and his daughter, Mary Ann Wolff.

Contributions in his memory may be made to Plymouth State College. A memorial event is being planned at the college for early May.