Doctor, Doctor! Findlay Bottle Club Founder to Receive Honorary Doctorate


Is there a doctor in the house club?
Doctor, Doctor! Findlay Bottle Club Founder to Receive Honorary Doctorate

Our "Congratulations, Doctor-Doctor!" go out to Jim Houdeshell, one of the earliest members of the Findlay Antique Bottle Club.

Dr. Houdeshell already has a doctorate of education, and now he is receiving a second doctorate. It is a well-deserved honor from Findlay College, where he has worked and taught for over 60 years. Doesn't that make him a Doctor-Doctor?

According to the UFNewsroom press release, the Board of Trustees of The University of Findlay approved the awarding of an honorary doctorate to James D. Houdeshell.

"The University will award the honorary degree to Houdeshell at its commencement on Saturday, May 2, 2015. The Office of Alumni, Parents and Friends will host a Retirement/Roast Celebration for Houdeshell on May 16. The Dr. James D. ’53 and Mira M. Frost ’78 Houdeshell Scholarship Endowment Fund have been established in their honor. (To make a gift to this fund in honor of their legacy, visit this link.)"

They write about Jim:
A 60-year employee of The University of Findlay, Houdeshell was hired in 1955 as assistant professor, athletic director and head coach of football, basketball and baseball. 
He went on to hold many other positions at the University, including dean of students and chair of the Division of Teacher Education. 
Houdeshell had primary responsibility for adding one of UF’s first graduate programs, a master of arts in education and also helped develop the health and physical education major, along with the equestrian studies program. 
Currently, he serves as special assistant to the president.
A graduate of The University of Findlay (then Findlay College), Houdeshell received a master of education with a minor in school administration from Bowling Green State University and a doctor of physical education from Indiana University, Bloomington.
A standout athlete as an undergraduate, Houdeshell was inducted into the Findlay College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1975. As a member of the UF faculty/staff, he was president of the NAIA in 1990-91; president of the NAIA Athletic Directors Association, 1981-82, and received the Athletics Administrator of the Year (Charles Morris Award), 2001-2002.
A pottery collector, Houdeshell has published a book on Houghton and Dalton pottery and has presented several lectures and reviews. "

His Pottery Collection Display 

Here are some photos of DOCTOR-DOCTOR Houdeshell's Houghton and Dalton Pottery collection display at the 2010 FOHBC National Bottle Show.

The book is out of print. (A copy is for sale here.) (Read an excerpt here.) (See images of H-D pottery marks here.)






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