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Museum of the Coastal Bend names its first distinguished fellow

By Victoria Advocate
Nov. 5, 2011 at 6:05 a.m.

Charles Spurlins speaks at the recent Civil War in Texas Conference.

Charles Spurlin has been named the Museum of the Coastal Bend's first "Distinguished Fellow of the Museum of the Coastal Bend."

The museum's fellowship was established to recognize outstanding service and efforts toward preserving the history and heritage of the Texas Coastal Bend.

The museum is on the campus of Victoria College.

"The museum's advisory board vote was unanimously in favor of recognizing Spurlin as its first distinguished fellow," said museum director Sue Prudhomme.

"Charles Spurlin is a logical choice for selection as Distinguished Fellow of the Museum of the Coastal Bend," said VC History Professor Michael Hummel. "He actively promoted the creation of the museum and served as a founding member of the museum's advisory board."

A ceremony conferred his designation in October, during activities in conjunction with the recent Civil War conference hosted by the VC/University of Houston-Victoria Library.

Spurlin, who is also a professor emeritus at VC, was presented with a certificate and a walking stick hand-crafted by museum volunteer Bill Birmingham, which incorporated mementos of Spurlin's participation in past and ongoing research into the Texas Coastal Bend.

"Charles continues to be a valuable resource for the museum's exhibits. He energetically promoted the museum's collaboration with the Korean War Conference in 2010 and the Civil War Conference last month," added Hummel.

"Charles' contributions toward preserving history in this area have been absolutely invaluable," said VC President Tom Butler. "Not only did he serve as one of VC's most beloved history professors for many years, touching lives and inspiring countless VC graduates, he has also provided us with a chronicle of VC's history that now serves as the definitive historical resource on this college."

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