Donald B. Scheick
Indiana State Teachers College
Indiana State College
Indiana State University
As one of the most popular
teachers in the history of Indiana
Donald Bowie Scheick set high standards for his fellow professors and demanded
the best from his pupils. He was very dedicated, and most students—whether or
not they enjoyed the subject matter or did well in his class—revered his style
and determination. He applied these rigorous standards to himself as an
instructor as well. He never used “gimmicks” or “transitory nostrums” to
instruct students, but rather always researched and readily used this
information to add to the content of his class sessions. He worked especially
hard during his sabbatical leaves by traveling to historical sites across the
globe, taking photographs, examining sources, and taking notes to enhance the
material he presented to his audience. In addition to devoting thirty-five
years of service to Indiana State Teachers College,
Indiana State College, and Indiana State
University, he also
participated in a myriad of academic and intellectual activities and clubs, had
a family with two children, and enjoyed musical performance. Without a doubt,
his long experience at Indiana
State left a lasting legacy
that impacts students to this day.
Donald Scheick was born in Augusta, Wisconsin
to Reverend Charles Scheick and Cora MacDonald Scheick on January 30, 1916.
Charles was a Baptist minister who moved his family to Indianapolis to preach to a larger audience.
In 1934, Donald graduated from Ben
School. Following his graduation, he attended Indiana Central
College (known today as the University of Indianapolis) and graduated with specialties
in history, political science, and English, with some advanced study in science
as well. Following this, he took a teaching job in 1938 with Wayne Township
Junior High. In 1940, he decided to go back to school at Indiana University
and earn his Master’s degree, writing his thesis on the development of the theory
of Expatriation (movements of people). Following his graduation from IU in
1941, he taught history, sociology, and government at Arsenal Tech
High School. After this,
he made a short jump to Broad Ripple High where he taught History and
Geography. In 1946, he joined the Indiana
College as a social studies instructor with a
specialty in contemporary civilization. In 1948, he went back to school yet
again to IU, where, writing a dissertation titled “The Regulation of Commodity
Currency in Colonial West Virginia,” he earned his doctorate in 1952. While working
on this project, he was promoted to Assistant Professor at ISTC. He also
maintained an active service life, with commitments to the Indiana State
Teacher’s Association, Indiana Historical Society, National Council for Social
Studies, YMCA Committee of Management, Boy Scouts of America counseling
service, as well as the college’s championship tennis team of 1948.
In 1948, Scheick was declared
faculty sponsor to the student council by popular vote, and received the
Outstanding Future Teachers of America Award. His popularity is further
attested by having been designated as “favorite professor” by numerous graduates
in the 1954 yearbook. On March 8, 1957, all of his hard work was acknowledged
in his promotion to full Professor of History by the Indiana State
Teachers College trustees.
In 1965, he was appointed chair of the newly created Department of History, a
position he held until 1970. Through
these years, he also served as a student advisor, faculty sponsor of the
student council, participant in the annual forensic contest, chaperone to
various religious and student functions, member of the faculty council (or
senate), representative to the academic affairs council, member of the Vigo County
Historical Society’s Board of Directors, member of the Indiana Academy of
Social Sciences, an editor of the Indiana
Magazine of History, a developing member of the department’s graduate program,
and one-term president of the Indiana Academy of Social Sciences. In 1969, Scheick
earned the prestigious Caleb Mills Teaching Award. He continued to teach until
failing health prompted his to retire in the spring of 1981.
Besides having a successful
professional career, Donald Scheick also enjoyed a rich family life. On
September 4, 1941, he married Marjorie Haines Scheick. Together, they had two
children, David and Barbara, both graduates of Indiana State.
As of now, Barbara teaches elementary school in Kansas City and David works as a safety specialist
for the Fisher Science Company. Scheick was
also well known for his musical abilities, particularly in singing and playing
the flute. He was in a quartet at Indiana Central
College, and sang regularly at the Terre Haute United Methodist
Church, as well as for
various weddings, anniversaries, and special church services. Donald Scheick died in Terre Haute on March 23, 2000.
Anonymous. Letter to Marjorie
Baughman, Dale. “Caleb Mills,
Distinguished Teaching Award.” Contemporary
Teachers College. 5/15/1946.
Dean of Instruction. Faculty
Promotional Record. 03/08/1957.
Dilavore, Phillip. Vice
President of Academic Affairs. ISU. Letter of Early Retirement
Faculty Record. Indiana State Teachers College.
History Department Biographic
Card. ISU. 1968.
Liandini, Richard. Office of
Letter of Retirement.
Payroll Notification Form. Indiana State University.
Pierard, Richard. “In
Memoriam, Donald Bowie Schieck”. 2/23/2000.
Scheick, Marjorie. Personal
Vitae. Indiana State