The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967 Page: 6
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During the years Dr. Carroll's guiding hand was on the Asso-
ciation, it came to financial maturity. When he became Acting
Director, the net worth of the organization was just under $20,000.
The auditor's report for the year ended February 28, 1966, shows
the net worth to be almost $200,000. Much of this growth oc-
curred during the 1945-1950 period, when a special effort was
under way to provide the essential funds for publication of The
Handbook. The funds were raised, the book became a reality,
and the assets have steadily increased. He never favored taking
on a project by the Association merely because the required
money was available. The funds of the Association were held an
inviolable trust to be expended only in extending the limits of
knowledge of Texas history.
Notwithstanding his many contributions in the field of Texas
history, his most lasting may well have been as a teacher. Many
of his former students, now occupying positions of leadership
over the state, caught his fervor for the historical heritage of
Texas. In his deliberate fashion, with careful choice of the de-
scriptive word, he delivered his graphic lectures with such au-
thority that he was able to personalize Texas history for them,
and his serious students responded to his enthusiasm with orig-
inal research of their own. His demeanor, his interests, his man-
ner of dress, so captured the imagination of his students, he
became for them, with his Stetson hat and cigar, "a combination
of Gary Cooper and John Knott's 'Old Man Texas'." A last trib-
ute by one student may best characterize the TEACHER: "He
was so much like Texas that we always wanted to look out the
window to see if his horse was tied nearby, for anyone so Texan
as Dr. Carroll had to come to class on a horse."
GEORGE P. ISBELL
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