Champ, Beulah, 1890
Beulah Champ was born in Corning, Iowa, where she spent her childhood and completed high school. She attended Nebraska Wesleyan University, graduating in 1913. Beulah received an A.M. from Northwestern University. She taught at Nebraska Wesleyan until 1927, eventually becoming the director of the speech department.In 1928, Beulah came to Albion College to chair the drama and speech department, a position she held until her retirement in 1950. Beulah worked hard on building a theatrical wardrobe at the college. It included a dozen charming old hats and big boxes of high-buttoned shoes from Audrey Kenyon Wilder, an old ministerial coat that had belonged to Albion newspaperman George Mather’s father, and old hats and clothes formerly belonging to Albion industrialist George Dean’s family. After retiring, Beulah remained in Albion another decade, staying active in organizations such as the First Methodist Church, the P.E.O. Sisterhood and the Review Club. She was also well known in the community for her dramatic readings. One of Beulah’s favorite pastimes was traveling in both the United States and Europe, where she often enjoyed visiting Oberammergau. Beulah eventually moved to Omaha, Nebraska, where she resided until her death in 1972. Each year during Albion College’s Honors Convocation, a cup is given in her name to the outstanding drama student.
Sources: Albion College files; Albion Evening Recorder, July 29, 1972
From: Albion AAUW. Some Notable Women of the Albion Area. Albion, Michigan: American Association of University Women. 1998.