Washington College Alumni Magazine Spring 2013 : Page 8

WWW.WASHCOLL.EDU THE REPORTER Beacham Scholarship Supports Terrorism Studies W ASHINGTON College students interested in the study of political violence and terrorism can apply for the Veryan Beacham Scholarship, which opens for applications at the end of March. The $1,500 tuition scholarship will be awarded for the 2013-2014 academic year. Anthony Pipolo ’14 is the scholarship’s first recipient. An international studies major with a concentration in European studies, Pipolo this spring is attending University College Cork in Cork, Ireland. His research focuses on how political violence in Northern Ireland accelerated the process that resulted in the Good Friday Agreement, and how Northern Irish society has changed as a result. He’s also examining trends toward new sources of sectarian tension in the country. Walton Beacham, president of Beacham Publishing, says the scholarship honors the work of his daughter, Veryan Beacham ’92, a philosophy and history major at WC whose international, web-hosted Ter-rorism Research and Analysis Consortium, or TRAC, profiles and analyzes over 4,000 terror-ist groups. Originally a writ-ORIGINALLY A WRITING PRIZE, THE AWARD HAS BEEN CHANGED TO A TUITION SCHOLARSHIP. ing prize, the award has been changed to a tuition scholar-ship. Applicants still must dem-onstrate strong writing, but they can examine terrorism and vio-lence from a variety of perspec-tives. For instance, psychology majors might study recruitment tactics, “lone wolves” or hate groups; English or art history majors may study the use of pro-paganda as a tool of violence. Students who want to apply should contact Jeani Narcum, director of the Office of Student Financial Aid. IN MEMORIAM Professor Charles Halstead C HARLES R. Halstead, a professor of history emeri-tus noted for his scholar-ship on Iberian international relations during World War II, died October 9, 2012, at his Chestertown home. He was 87. Throughout his life, Dr. Halstead achieved expertise in several areas of history, includ-ing medieval history, Roman Britain and the Russo-German Theatre of World War II. His personal library, which included a collection on New England and Maritime Canadian whales and whaling dating back 300 years, numbered several thou-sand volumes. Dr. Halstead retired from the College in 1988 after 25 years of teaching. In retirement, he taught continuing education classes in the WC-ALL program and at Chesapeake College. He was, first and foremost, a teacher. A colleague recounted an instance of seeing Dr. Hal-stead in the faculty lounge frantically preparing for an upcoming lecture. When ques-tioned about why he was put-ting such effort into a lecture he had given dozens of times, Dr. Halstead told the new professor that each year he updated his lectures with recent innovative views, reexamination of original sources and new research. “While always the con-summate gentleman in the classroom, Charlie did have an office-hours bawdy side that har-kened to his years as a wartime sailor,” recalls Bill Jones ’88. “Those of us privileged to have Charlie as an adviser often saw an entirely different side of his three-piece-suit demeanor.” Dr. Halstead was especially proud of his corpus of academic publications produced by origi-nal research of the diplomatic relations between Spain and Portugal during Spanish Civil War and World War II. That work was internationally regarded as groundbreaking. Dr. Halstead remained active in the community: judging oratorical and essay contests, addressing community groups, and serving the boards of several civic organizations, including the Kent County Historical Society and the Kent Association of Riding Therapy (KART). A founding member of the College’s Friends of the Miller Library, he was also an enthusiastic fisherman and sailor, and the tallest member of the Ballroom Dancing Club in Hartly, DE. Dr. Halstead earned his undergraduate degree from Siena College in New York and pursued graduate studies at the University of Virginia, receiving a master’s degree in international relations from the Woodrow Wilson School of Foreign Affairs, and a doctor of philosophy degree in European History from the Corcoran School of History. SPRING 2013 8 WASHINGTON COLLEGE MAGAZINE

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