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New fellowship honors first Tucker Foundation dean

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 06/07/07
Rebecca Bailey • (603) 646-3661

Rev. Dr. Fred Berthold, Jr.
Rev. Dr. Fred Berthold, Jr. (Photo by James E. Sheridan)

The Rev. Dr. Fred Berthold Jr., a Dartmouth College professor of religion emeritus, and the first dean of the college's William Jewett Tucker Foundation, has been honored by the creation of a fellowship in his name, to be awarded by the foundation.

The Berthold Fellowship provides for a graduate student at the college to work for the Tucker Foundation for a year, creating opportunities for the exploration of the relationship between faith and service.

The Tucker Foundation coordinates campus religious groups and is the umbrella for community service that involves approximately 60 percent of the student body. It was one of the main factors cited in Dartmouth being one of 81 schools profiled in the 2005 publication Colleges with a Conscience, compiled by noted education services company The Princeton Review and Campus Compact, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting community service, civic engagement and service learning in higher education.

Berthold will be the speaker at the college Baccalaureate Service, on Saturday, June 9, at 3 p.m., in Rollins Chapel (with overflow audience at 105 Dartmouth Hall). He said his address will discuss what faith and service have to do with each other, a topic integral to the mission of the Tucker Foundation, and, he would argue, of the college itself.

"When [Dartmouth President] John Sloan Dickey in 1951 announced there would be a Tucker Foundation, he said that a liberal education that is any good must have equal emphasis on competence and conscience," Berthold said. "We need conscience in order to see how things ought to be and how we ought to be. Religion, at its best, gives us that vision and inspires us to revere and seek it. At the same time, we need competence: How do you get to that goal? You have to understand the way things work in the world. ...There needs to be an 11th commandment to add to the familiar 10, and it should be over the doors of every library and every classroom: You must learn and learn and learn and never stop learning."

The first Berthold Fellow will be David Nyweide, a graduate student in the college's Evaluative Clinical Sciences program. A graduate of Northwestern University, Nyweide was one of the participants this past year in a Tucker-sponsored Katrina-relief trip to New Orleans. He also has been active at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Hanover, serving on the church's rector search committee and helping with parishoners' Sunday transportation needs.

Starting in September, Nyweide will work up to 10 hours a week at Tucker and in the united campus ministry. He said he hopes to organize speakers and discussion groups that "advance the dialogue on the relationship between faith and service in the undergraduate volunteer work supported by the Tucker Foundation," exploring what sets volunteering through Tucker apart from similar opportunities, and how the foundation can deepen the moral analysis of why students volunteer and go on service trips. Nyweide said he also hopes to create library exhibits that document the foundation's history and mission.

The fellowship was started with a gift from Berthold's class at Dartmouth, from which he earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1944. Additional donations are being sought to extend and expand the fellowship, said Richard R. Crocker, college chaplain and the foundation's acting dean.

Berthold came to Dartmouth in 1949 as an instructor in philosophy and later joined the Department of Religion, becoming a full professor in 1956. From 1957 to 1962, he served as the foundation's first dean. In 1974, he was named the Preston Kelsey Professor of Religion. Berthold holds a Master of Divinity from the Chicago Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in religion from the University of Chicago, and is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.

Crocker said that, as Tucker dean, Berthold "combined many things: faith and learning, academics and student life, and, notably, faith and service. As we considered Fred's legacy to the foundation, this seemed the best way to honor him."

The Tucker Foundation
The Tucker Foundation was established in 1951 in honor of William Jewett Tucker, the ninth President of Dartmouth College. Charged with supporting and furthering the moral and spiritual work of the College, the Foundation provides community service programs, off-campus fellowships and internships, leadership development programs, and houses the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life in an attempt to further develop and enhance our local and worldwide community.

The Baccalaureate Service
The Baccalaureate service is believed to stem from a 1432 Oxford University statute that required each graduating student to deliver a sermon in Latin as part of his academic exercise. Dartmouth's ceremony has evolved to become a multi-faith occasion of thanksgiving and celebration for the completion of students' undergraduate and graduate careers, incorporating a variety of traditions, languages, and perspectives. Past Baccalaureate speakers include the Reverend Robert K. Goodwin, president and chief executive officer of the Points of Light Foundation, and the Honorable Andrew Young, former UN ambassador and president of the National Council of Churches, and Diana Eck, Professor of World Religions at Harvard University.

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