H. BAILEY CARROLL
DIRECTING and witnessing a student in the inspiring process
of discovering basic truth is the ultimate reward that
can come to a dedicated scholar-teacher during his life-
time. For those whose services and contributions to society rise
to outstanding heights of excellence, however, special post-mortem
tokens of appreciation are reserved. In the nature of human en-
deavor generally, the ranks of those who thus receive a justly
earned lease on visible immortality are noticeably and appropri-
ately restricted. Of the persons who have received posthumous
citations from the Association, none has been more deserving of
the honor than Claude Elliott of San Marcos.
A native of Cross Plains, Dr. Elliott's life was a synthesis of the
best in good citizenship and productive scholarship. Following
military service in World War I, he devoted his talents to the
cause of Texas education and history with ever-increasing effective-
ness, beginning as a teacher and administrator in the public
schools of Abilene, Donna, and La Feria. In 1929 he joined the
faculty of Southwest Texas State College in San Marcos, attained
the rank of professor of history in 1938, and became dean of the
graduate school in 1950.
Dr. Elliott's participation in the affairs of the Association was
of long standing. In recognition of his authoritative contribu-
tions to Texas scholarship, which included Leathercoat: Life
History of a Texas Patriot, the definitive biography of Governor
James W. Throckmorton, and numerous shorter studies, he was
named a fellow of the Association in 1941. Later he was elected
an Association vice-president, in which office he served for six
years before succeeding to the presidency in 1953. Despite a busy
schedule of teaching and administrative and civic work, Dr.
Elliott was untiring in his efforts to promote the worthy objec-
tives of the Association, and the record of his achievement is force-
fully reflected in the growth and advancement that characterized
the organization during his administration.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101186/. Accessed August 27, 2014.