Sketches if Buchtel College and The University of Akron
Bruce R. Armstrong
University of Akron Press
Summit’s Glory is George W. Knepper’s eloquent personal history of The University of Akron. In this series of vignettes, he draws on 40 years as student, faculty member, administrator, and University Historian to discuss the University’s evolution over a century and a quarter. Summit’s Glory will appeal to readers with ties to The University of Akron and to others who enjoy the reflections of a mature scholar.
George W. Knepper is an Akron native whose boyhood home was a scant two miles from Spicer Hill and The University of Akron campus. After service in the Navy during World War II, he graduated from the University in 1948 with a degree in history. As a graduate student at the University of Michigan, he specialized in American Colonial and revolutionary era history and received his PhD in 1954. Returning to Akron, Knepper taught American history, served as dean of the Buchtel College from 1962 to 1967, and became University Historian in 1965. Knepper has served as president of the Ohio Academy of History, the Ohio Historical Society, and the Summit County Historical Society. His many books include New Lamps for Old and Ohio and Its People. Knepper is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at The University of Akron.