Coward-Cooke Family History - Person Sheet
Coward-Cooke Family History - Person Sheet
NameDr. Nathan Allen Coward Jr.
Birth7 January 1927, Belton, Anderson, South Carolina, USA
Census11 April 1930, Belton, Anderson, South Carolina, USA
Census5 April 1940, Belton, Anderson, South Carolina, USA
Military6 June 1955, Newtown Square, Delaware, Pennsylvania, USA
MemoHonorable discharge as 1st Lieutenant from U.S. Army
Death21 January 1990, Duluth, St Louis, Minnesota, USA
MemoPancreatic cancer
Burial24 January 1990, Superior, Douglas, Wisconsin, USA
MemoFuneral; burial in 1991 in Belton Cemetery
OccupationU.S. Army, WWII; Industrial chemist; Professor of Chemistry, UW-Superior
FatherNathan Allen Coward Sr. (1887-1939)
MotherSusan Victoria Queen (1900-1965)
Spouses
Birth2 March 1929, Syracuse, Onondaga, New York, USA
Death31 July 2004, Superior, Douglas, Wisconsin, USA
MemoCongestive heart failure
Burial10 August 2004, Superior, Douglas, Wisconsin, USA
MemoFaith United Methodist Church, Rev. Joel Certa-Warner officiating; cremains not buried yet.
OccupationHomemaker
ReligionUnited Methodist
FatherRev. Arthur Harry Cooke (1889-1955)
MotherGarnet Lillian Luther (1888-1961)
Marriage2 May 1953, Jamestown, Chautauqua, New York, USA
Notes for Dr. Nathan Allen Coward Jr.
April 11, 1930 census, Belton, Anderson county, South Carolina
Nathan Coward (43), head, married at 32, born NC, parents NC, occupation =Print publisher. Lived at 406 O'Neal Street.
Susan Coward (29), wife, married at 18, born SC, parents NC, none.
Allen Coward (3), son, single, born SC, father NC, mother SC, none.

April 5, 1940 census, Belton, Anderson county, South Carolina
Susan Coward (39), head, [widowed], born SC, residence on April 1, 1935: same house. Occupation = Assistant manager, print newspaper. Lived at 406 O'Neal Street.
Allen Coward (13), son, single, born SC, residence on April 1, 1935: same house, none.
Joe Coward (9), son, single, born SC, residence on April 1, 1935: same house, none.
Lena Coward (7), daughter, single, born SC, residence on April 1, 1935: same house, none.
Dan Coward (3), son, single, born SC, residence on April 1, 1935: same house, none.

Nathan Coward, born 7 January 1927, died 21 January 1990. SSN#248-34-0108. Branch: Army. Enlistment date 1: 16 April 1945.Release date 1: 11 July 1946. Enlistment date 2: 12 July 1946. Release date 2: 9 June 1947. U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs BIRLS Death File 1850-2010. 30 May 2012.

Nathan A. Coward, born 7 January 1927, died 21 January 1990, Duluth, St. Louis, Minnesota. SSN# 248-34-0108, issued South Carolina (before 1951). Social Security Death Index, 18 April 2012.

OBITUARY: Dr. Nathan Allen Coward (1927-1990)
Dr. Nathan A. “Al” Coward, 63, Town of Oakland, died Sunday, January 21, 1990 in St. Mary's Medical Center. Born January 7, 1927 in Belton, South Carolina, he was a Superior area resident for the past 30 years.
Dr. Coward graduated from The Citadel with a B.S. degree in chemistry in 1950, from the University of Rochester in 1954 with a Ph.D. in physical chemistry, attended Kansas State University for post-doctoral work in the summers of 1962, 1963, and 1965, and also attended the NSF Institute RPI during the summer of 1970.
He was employed by the University of Wisconsin-Superior as an instructor of chemistry from 1959-1960, an assistant professor of chemistry from 1960-1966 and a professor of chemistry from 1966 until the present. He also did visiting professorships at UW-Madison in 1967 and 1968 and at Purdue University the summers of 1971 and 1973.
From 1954 to 1979, Dr. Coward co-authored three publications and three reports all pertaining to research he had done on various chemicals.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1944-1947 and was discharged to active reserve, then honorably discharged as a 1st Lieutenant in 1955. He served in overseas duty as executive officer, 1542nd Engineer Base Survey Company, 29th Engineer Topographical Battalion, Philippine Islands in 1946 and 1947.
Dr. Coward was a member of Central United Methodist Church; the Duluth/Superior American Chemical Society; Sigma Xi; Sigma Pi Sigma; UWS Academic Affairs Council; Ad Hoc Committee on Integrated Liberal Studies; UWS Medical Technology Committee; UWS Committee for Academic Planning; UWS Admissions Committee; UWS University Senate; The Ad Hoc Committee for Evaluation on Summer Session; UWS chairman of Student Appeals Committee; active in the UWS Extended Degree Program; coordinator for the ACS Accreditation Visit; teacher/consultant for Indian Health Education Careers at Headlands Institute in Mackinaw City, Michigan; a member of the Town of Oakland Volunteer Fire Department and Superior Lodge No. 236, F&AM.
Surviving are his wife, Doris; two sons, James A., Los Angeles, CA, and David R., Madison, WI; two daughters Mrs. Jeffrey (Susan) Abelt, Esko, Minnesota, and Mrs. Mark (Ellen) Dahl, Beaufort, South Carolina; two brothers, Joe, of Belton, South Carolina, and Dan, Greenville, South Carolina; one sister, Mrs. Albert (Lena) Jackson, Westminster, CA; and two grandchildren.
The funeral is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 24th in Central United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Dale Hanaman, pastor, officiating. Friends may call in the Lenroot-Maetzold-LeSage Funeral Home, 1304 Hammond Avenue, after 4 p.m. on Tuesday, where a Masonic service will be accorded by officers and members of the Superior Lodge No. 236 at 7 p.m. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the UWS Foundation.
(Duluth News-Tribune, Duluth, Minnesota, Monday, 22 January 1990)


DR. NATHAN A. COWARD--VITA
Nathan Allen Coward, Ph.D.
Born: January 7, 1927, Belton, SC

EDUCATION:
Grade school:
Belton Central, Belton, SC

High School:
Belton High, Belton, SC
Graduated: May 1944.

College:
ASTRP & ASTAP at Vanderbilt, NC State and V.M.I., Basic andElectricalEngineering, 1944-1945.
The Citadel, Charleston, SC: B.S. in Chemistry, 1950.
University of Rochester, NY: Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, 1954.
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS: 3 Summers NSF postdoctoral,1962, 1963 & 1965.
RPI, 1 summer post doctoral, NSF institute inAnalyticalInstrumentation, 1970.
RCA Home Study Course in Radio, B&W and Color TV.
NRI Home Study Course in Radio, Television.
CIE Home Study Course in Electronic Engineering.

MILITARY EXPERIENCE:
U.S. Army, 3 years, 1944-1947, Discharged to active reserve as 2nd Lieut. in 1947, honorable discharge as 1st Lieut. in 1955.(Army training included 2 months school in lithographic map reproduction at AMS in Washington, D.C.)

INDUSTRIAL AND WORK EXPERIENCE:
Apprentice in family printing shop, 1935-1944.
Frederick H. Levey Co., Research Chemist, 1954-1957. Research in printing inks, rheology, color control, etc.
American Viscose Corp., Research Chemist, 1957-1959. Research on physical properties of polymers, mechanisms of cellulose acetylation.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
University of Wisconsin-Superior, Chemistry Department, 1959-1989.FullProfessor as of 1966.
Visiting Professorships:
University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1967-1968, and summers of 1967and1972.
Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana, summers of 1971 and 1973.

MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE:
Executive Officer, 1542 Engineer Base Survey Co., 1947.
Acting Department Chairman, Chemistry Department, University of Wisconsin-Superior, 1964-1965 and 1968-1969.
A.C.S. Local Section Chairman, 1963-1964.
Elected to UW-Superior Faculty Council, 1963.
Elected to UW-Superior Faculty Senate, 1966 & 1971.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
Si
gma Xi, Sigma Pi Sigma, A.C.S., ACA

PAPERS AND PUBLICATIONS:
Coward, N.A., and R.W. Kiser, "A Spectrophometric Study of theNd+3-NO3 Association." Journal of Physical Chemistry, 70, 213 (1966)
Coward, Nathan A., and W. Albert Noyes, Jr., "The Flourescence of Biacetyl Vapor at 4358 A." Journal of Physical Chemistry, 22,1207(1954)
Papers presented before the Minnesota Section, A.C.S.,UndergraduateSymposia:
Hagfeldt, J.H., and Nathan A. Coward, "Mohr Titrations Under aChromateLight." (April 1962)
Bilse, M.R., and Nathan A. Coward, "A Rapid Method for Polarographic Determination of Lead in a Brass by a ConcentratedStandard AdditionMethod." (April 1962)
Strom, Horton L., and Nathan A. Coward, "Double Indicator Titrations of Chloride-Cyanide Mixtures." (April 1964)
Static Coal Storage--Chemical Effects on the AquaticEnvironment.Project funded by E.P.A. Director: Nathan A. Coward,co-author,Joseph W. Horton. Final report accepted by E.P.A., Duluth,MN, in 1979.

PUBLIC SERVICE:
Member, Town of Oakland (WI) Volunteer Fire Department.
Various courses presented in "Cryptography" (Member ofAmericanCryptogram Association)

Nathan Allen Coward--MILITARY SERVICE:
Enlisted in the U.S. Army at Columbia, SC: June 19, 1944.
U.S. Army serial number: 01 120 535.
Studied electrical engineering at the Virginia Military Institute,Lexington, VA.
Studied radio at the Belton (SC) Defense Radio School.
Date of Entry into active service: April 16, 1945.
Medals: Rifle M-1 Marksman, April 5, 1946. WWII Victory Medal.
Military education: Officer's Candidate School, Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, 4 months.
Honorable discharge from Company A, Officer Candidate Battalion,July11, 1946 (as Private).
Re-enlisted as 2nd Lieutenant, Administrative Officer: July 12, 1946 to June 9, 1947.
DUTIES: Directed or supervised operations to provide administrative services for Army units. Interpreted regulations, determined office policy and procedures, and put into operation methods for efficient functioning of the office; laid out and coordinated work schedules; supervised personnel in performance of such duties as preparation of records and special reports pertaining to personnel and administrative matters; maintained liaison with staff and operating units. Is familiar with War Department and Army administrative procedures. Served with the 1542nd Engineer Survey Company, Manila, Philippines.Date: June 9, 1947.
Certificate of Training: Map Reproduction Course, Washington,D.C.:September 6, 1946.
Departure for the Philippines: October 17, 1946. Arrival inManila,Philippines: November 6, 1946.
Departure for the USA: May 19, 1947. Arrival: May 23, 1947.
Continental service: 3 months, 11 days; Foreign service: 7 months, 7 days.
Terminal leave: May 29, 1947 to June 9, 1947.
Appointed as 2nd Lieut. in Corps of Engineers Reserve
Summer Military Mountaineering and Rock Climbing, CampCarson,Colorado: Advanced class #3: July 23, 1949.
Summer Military Mountaineering and Rock Climbing, CampCarson,Colorado: Advanced class #4: August 6, 1949.
Appointed 1st Lieutenant, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, June 7, 1950.
Honorably discharged as 1st Lieutenant, 6 June 1955.


Profile for Dr. Nathan Allen Coward (1927-1990) for UWS scholarship
by David Coward (September 2010)
Dr. Nathan Allen “Al” Coward was born in Belton, South Carolina on 7 January 1927. He graduated Belton High School in 1944. He served in the U.S. Army from 1944-1947 and was discharged to active reserve, then honorably discharged as a 1st Lieutenant in 1955. He served in overseas duty as executive officer, 1542nd Engineer Base Survey Company, 29th Engineer Topographical Battalion, Philippine Islands from 1946-1947.
He attended The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, graduating with a B.S. in Chemistry in 1950. He received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry in 1954 from the University of Rochester, New York. He worked in the chemical industry in Philadelphia, PA for five years, and from 1959-1989, he was a faculty member of the Chemistry department at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He was an instructor of chemistry from 1959-1960, an assistant professor of chemistry from 1960-1966, and a professor of chemistry from 1966 until his retirement in 1989. He did post-doctoral work in the summers of 1962, 1963 and 1965 at Kansas State University, and did visiting professorships at UW-Madison in 1967 & 1968 and at Purdue University the summers of 1971 & 1973.
Al died from pancreatic cancer on 21 January 1990 at the age of 63. His ashes were interred alongside his parents in the Belton Cemetery in South Carolina.
Al married Doris Elaine Cooke on 2 May 1953 in Jamestown, New York. They had four children; Jim (1954), Susan (1957), David (1961) & Ellen (1966). His scientific influence was closely followed by his eldest daughter Susan, who received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1986.
Al was a member of Central United Methodist Church; the Duluth/Superior American Chemical Society; Sigma Xi; Sigma Pi Sigma; UWS Academic Affairs Council; Ad Hoc Committee on Integrated Liberal Studies; UWS Medical Technology Committee; UWS Committee for Academic Planning; UWS Admissions Committee; UWS University Senate; The Ad Hoc Committee for Evaluation on Summer Session; UWS chairman of Student Appeals Committee; active in the UWS Extended Degree Program; coordinator for the ACS Accreditation Visit; teacher/consultant for Indian Health Education Careers at Headlands Institute in Mackinaw City, Michigan; a member of the Town of Oakland Volunteer Fire Department and Superior Lodge No. 236, F&AM.
He dedicated himself to helping his students succeed, and felt a great deal of pride in the UW-Superior chemistry department’s graduates over his thirty years of teaching. He held his students to high standards, and was always there to help anyone who needed assistance in their studies or in the lab. He was known as an excellent instructor who epitomized the phrase, “He was tough, but he was fair.”
Al loved classical music and sang with the Duluth Symphony Opera chorus for several seasons, 1969-1972, as well as appearing in a Duluth Playhouse production of “Threepenny Opera” in 1970. Al & Doris were also long time supporters of the UW-S theater and music departments, particularly when one or more of their children were involved in various UW-S productions from 1974-1983. He was an avid reader, particularly science fiction, and wrote a number of poems in his life. He also enjoyed advanced mathematics, cryptography, electronics, computer programming, and photography. And as seriously as he took his responsibilities as a chemistry professor to both his students and colleagues, he also had a tremendous sense of humor who loved stories and jokes.
His widow, the late Doris Cooke Coward (1929-2004), dedicated some funds in his memory to create the Nathan A. Coward scholarship in 1993 for UWS chemistry students shortly after Al’s death to help support students in the field to which he dedicated his professional life.


Dr. James Maxwell Hobson was the Belton, SC physician who assisted with the birth of my father, Dr. Nathan Allen Coward Jr. on 7 January 1927, and to the best of my knowledge, also delivered my uncle Joe (Benjamin Joel Coward) on 6 December 1930, and my aunt Lena Susan Coward on 12 December 1932. He and my grandfather, Nathan Allen Coward Sr. were just five years apart in age, and lived within a block of one another in Belton, SC on O’Neal Street. Dr. Hobson sadly committed suicide on 6 April 1934 at his home in Belton at the age of 52, which happened to be my grandfather’s 47th birthday. They also died at virtually the same age--my grandfather died on 30 March 1939, one week before his 52nd birthday. 28 November 2013.
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