Harold Earl Kolling 1920 - 2011 Baldwin City
No services are planned for Harold Earl Kolling, 90, Baldwin City. He will be buried at a later date in Cloud County.
Mr. Kolling died Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
He was born June 13, 1920, in Wichita, the son of Ernestine and Henry Kolling. His childhood years were spent divided between Wichita and the Buckley Family homestead in Cloud County, near Ames.
Mr. Kolling earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Friends University. He earned a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a doctorate in American history from the University of Chicago. While in Chicago, Mr. Kolling was the associate editor of the papers of James Madison, and he wrote a chapter in “A History of Chicago, Volume III: The Rise of the Modern City 1871-1893,” by Bessie Louise Pierce. During his career, he was a teacher and academic dean at Friends University, Wichita University, Oklahoma City University, DePauw University and Texas College.
In 1977, Baker University President Gerald Walker, a former student of his, invited him to Baker University in Baldwin City, where he established the Ernestine Buckley Trust to endow a chair in the history department. Mr. Kolling was appointed university historian and worked as archivist at the Baker University Library. He compiled the facts and information to write a history of Baker University. Many other academic institutions received his support over the years of his life.
He was an avid reader and amassed an enormous personal library encompassing all aspects of American history.
Survivors include two nieces, Annette Kolling-Buckley and Elizabeth Buckley; great-niece Manessa; great-nephew Clayton; and a great-great-niece, Kaitlyn. Other survivors include his extended Baker University family, friends Annie and Darell Bowersox and their children, and Louise Cummings-Simmons and David Simmons.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Orland.
The family suggests memorials to the Huber Kolling Scholarship fund at Southwestern College, Office of Institutional Advancement, 100 College Street, Winfield, KS 67156.
Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at rumsey-yost.com.