“Our most gracious heavenly Father, we thank Thee for Thy many blessings …..Amen”
Thus has Miss Elsie Tuttle begun each of her classes for the past twenty-seven years, for she feels she of all people has much for which to be thankful.
Born the eldest in family of twelve children, she realized early in life that if she were to receive an education it would be largely through her own efforts.
Miss Tuttle did many things to get her education. After graduating from high school, she taught in grammar school for several years and began taking correspondence courses. She attended a summer term at Northwestern University and later attended Illinois State Normal University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree. While there she was granted an honorary scholarship to Peabody College for Teachers. She has also studied in Louisiana State University and University of Chicago. She received her master’s degree in geography at George Peabody College, with a minor in economics.
Through postgraduate study Miss Tuttle has besides her majors in geography, education, and economics, majors in social science, general science, and history.
With this wealth of training Miss Tuttle, small of stature but towering in her spirit of dedication and unbending principle, has given herself without reservation to the training of young minds and building of Christian character for forty-six years, twenty-seven of them at North Greenville.
Before coming to North Greenville, Miss Tuttle had taught in colleges and university in Illinois, Iowa, Texas, and Louisiana.
She enjoys traveling by plane, has visited many sections of the United States, spent six weeks in Europe, and toured Mexico and Hawaii. As a result of her interest in world travel she has organized the World Wide Interest Club on the North Greenville campus.
She is a member of the Gamma Theta Upsilon, national honorary geography fraternity, and Pi Gamma Mu, honorary national social science society. For the past several years she has been selected a leader in American science in Who’s Who Among American Leaders in Science, an illustrated biographical directory of eminent leaders in research, industrial, governmental, and educational scientific fields in the United States and Canada. She received the award of “Fellow” by the National Council for Geographic Education and was nominated for listing in the 1965-66 Who’s Who in American Education.
Upon her retirement at the end of the 1965 summer session, Miss Tuttle will continue living in her apartment on the campus and hopes to catch up on some of the reading she has not had time for in the past.
A good friend, a dedicated teacher, and an exemplary Christian, Miss Tuttle enters this new phase of her life with the deep gratitude, respect, and best wishes of all who know her.
Published in the Summer, 1965 issue of North Greenville Junior College Alumni Magazine