Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History
Charles E. Stearns Scholarship Prize, 1997
|The Charles E. Stearns Scholarship Prize, established in 1997 by students, colleagues, friends, and family, honors the exceptional fifty-year career of Charlie Stearns as a gifted student, a caring and intellectually stimulating professor, and a loyal and insightful dean. This award is presented annually to one or more geology students who have demonstrated attention to detail, thoughtful analysis, and insight to their geological studies.
Charles Edward Stearns, A1939, had a fifty-year career at Tufts. He was a student here and later became the Henry Bromfield Pearson Professor of Natural Science in Geology, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and acting provost. He was born in 1920 in the ancestral house in Billerica where he lived throughout his Tufts years. His father was an alumnus and dean of Tufts Medical School. In the 1940s he studied at the California Institute of Technology and Harvard, and returned to Tufts as an assistant professor after serving in the Navy in World War II. After three years of teaching at Harvard, Tufts called him back in 1954 to become dean of the College of Liberal Arts, a post he held until 1969. He also served as acting provost. During that time, Tufts made the transition from college to university. It was said that he made the college as good as the president said it was.
Source: BTU[Arts and Sciences/Engineering]; 100H