Buechel, Henry T. Memorial Scholarship

This fund was established by Aurelia Chiara Buechel (deceased), in memory of her husband, Henry T. Beuchel. Henry was a severe mid-life-onset diabetic, and died of vascular complications in 1972. Henry was born in Washington in 1908, received most of his early education in Newport, and graduated in 1925. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Education with honors from Washington State College in 1929 and his Master’s degree in Economics from WSC in 1936. He went on to a special session Advance Study in Economics at the University of Washington, and earned his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Wisconsin in 1949. Henry started teaching at the junior high and junior college level and then taught at WSC in 1940. From 1941-1970 he taught Economics at UW. In February 1970, he won national acclaim for not allowing disrupters to take over his class. After national news attention, he received a letter from President Nixon, praising him for defending his right to teach in his own classroom. Henry met Aurelia in 1936 while working on his Master’s degree, she was a Pullman teacher. They married in 1939. Aurelia taught mostly elementary grades in her 41-year teaching career. Both Hendry and Aurelia were sincere, dedicated, and caring educators throughout their teaching careers, and were proud of the parts they were playing in the educational process.

Award Requirements

The income from this fund shall be used to award one or more scholarships to needy students pursuing a degree in economics at Washington State University.