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Oral History Interview with Barbara Heffelman by Matthew Crawford
DR. MATTHEW CRAWFORD: My name is Matthew Crawford. I’m a Historian of Science and Associate Professor at Kent State University. Today’s date is July 7th, 2023. I am with Barb Heffelman, who is the youngest daughter of Dr. Glenn Brown and has come to share some memories and discuss some things she has in her personal archive. Thank you, Barb, for bringing these things in.
Liquid Crystal Oral History: Heffelman, Barbara
Crawford, Matthew James
An oral history interview with Barbara (Barb) Heffelman, the youngest daughter of Glenn Brown (1915-1995), the founder and first director of the Liquid Crystal Institute. This interview is part of the Liquid Crystal Oral History Project. This is a recorded conversation between Barb Heffelman and Matthew Crawford regarding Heffelman’s memories of her father and some of the historical documents that illuminate her father’s life. She discusses her father’s early life and growing up on a farm in Logan, Ohio. Heffelman also discusses his teaching career including his strong support for graduate students and his passion for liquid crystal research as well as his passion for baseball, religious beliefs and involvement with his church, and the main awards and honors he received throughout his career. Heffelman then describes her childhood growing up in Kent, Ohio including her experience during the shootings at Kent State on May 4, 1970. She concludes the interview by discussing what it meant to her and her family to establish a scholarship in Glenn Brown’s name.
NOTE: In this oral history interview, the narrator makes specific reference to one or more documents relevant to a topic or topics mentioned. The narrator has provided a physical copy of these documents to be included in the file with their interview materials. Anyone interested in this interview is advised to review the physical document in the Liquid Crystal Oral History Project Records at Kent State University Special Collections and University Archives.
Sponsors: The Liquid Crystal Oral History Project is funded in part by the Ohio History Fund, a grant program of the Ohio History Connection. Your donations to the Ohio History Fund make this program possible.
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