In Memory

Hugh Schackelford (Am History)


Hugh Shackelford (Nov. 9, 2013)


Hugh Shackelford was born and raised in the small Missouri town of Warrensburg, where he attended Central Missouri State Teacher's College, obtaining a B.A. in History. His father died when he was 18. He received his Master’s in Education from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. He taught briefly at a school in Missouri, and played clarinet in a jazz band on weekends until he entered the military during World War Two. While in training in Cheyenne, Wyoming, he met a young librarian named Carol; when he left for Europe, they corresponded regularly (she still reads his letters every day).  He was a lieutenant serving over all black troops in a graves registration unit, and it made him a liberal (not the norm in his Southern Missouri family). He served in five campaigns. A young German prisoner of war assigned to him corresponded for many years, and visited him in 1995. Upon his return in 1945, he and Carol married and he began teaching at the Kemper Military Academy in Boonville, Missouri. One of his students was Hugh O'Brian (later TV's Wyatt Earp). He resumed playing in a jazz band on weekends. They had a son, then he was offered a job in Saginaw, Michigan, and began teaching and coaching basketball at Arthur Hill High School. Another son soon followed. Summers were spent visiting relatives in Missouri and Colorado, and Hugh earned extra money doing construction for the Denver Public Schools. Later, he taught typing and bookkeeping in summer school. He served on the board of the Team One Credit Union, and as business manager of athletics at Arthur Hill. He also enjoyed fishing in the mountain streams, as he did in the lakes and rivers of Michigan. He also enjoyed a good round of golf, and a good game of ping pong. In addition to teaching, he spend a brief time (too long for his liking) as Attendance Officer.  He loved teaching history, and was always looking for ways to enrich his classes.  He passed on this love of history to his son Martin, and his younger son Alan also eventually developed an interest as well. Hugh retired in 1980, and enjoyed his retirement years. Late in life, he experienced increasingly serious illnesses, and made plans to move to Madison, Wisconsin to be closer to his grandson. A week before the planned move, house already sold, he came down with pneumonia, and passed away on February 27, 2006, at the age of 87, after 60 years of marriage. His wife now resides in Madison, as do his two sons.


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11/27/13 01:34 PM #1    

Mary Burnett (Brown)

What an interesting biography of Mr. Schackelford. I really enjoyed reaing about his fun times and interests. He was a great teacher! I think I was in his class when it was announced that President Kennedy had been shot.  It was either American History or Government. Way too long ago to remember exactly.

Thanks for the memories! 

08/28/14 04:40 PM #2    

Esther Smith (Page-Wood)

Mr. Schackelford was one of my favoite teachers at Arthur Hill, even through he gave those pop quizzes.  I loved his classes and often think of him fondly.  He made history and government so interesting and alive and that has made it still an interest of mine.  I am so grateful to have had him for a teacher.

11/15/14 03:20 AM #3    

George L. Shillaire

He gave me a sincere love of History.  I can stil here his voice and in my mind's eye painting vivid pictures  which he inspired.  Strange,  I think of him and that accent often even today.  I went on to recieve one of two Phd's in History. Maurry Stevens sat in front of me and always looked at my papers as he passed them back to me.   No Maurry, I never had to copy off you....  I was just plain smarter than you and today I bet much richer even though my dad did not give  me a moving company!!!!

01/21/18 07:09 AM #4    

Martin R. Shackelford

The bio is his obituary, which I wrote (Martin Shackelford). Unfortunately, the index name is misspelled, but correct in the obit. To update, his wife died in October of 2017. Sons Martin and Alan continue to reside in Madison, Wisconsin. I would be happy to add a photo if that's possible.

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