MAN BEHIND THE LEGACY

The late Victor Emmanuel Ward was born in Monrovia, Liberia on August 18, 1930, to the unionof Sarah Josephine and Rev. Dr. Thomas Ebenezer Ward. Victor E. as he was affectionately called received a B.A. in Liberal Arts from the University of Liberia in 1951, a B.Sc. in Chemistry from Rensellaer Polytechnic Institute in 1954, a M.Sc. in Chemistry from West Virginia University Graduate School in 1967 and attended a one (1) year study of Scientific Subjects at Tuskegee Institute in 1952.

As Liberia's first chemist, the late Victor E. Ward, served as a professor at the University of Liberia and as a Chemist at the water plant in White Plains, Liberia. In 1970, he became the Chairman of the Chemistry Department at the State University of Liberia, a position he held untilhis untimely death in 1990. Professor Ward traveled to the United States in 1974 as a Fulbright Professor at the University of California-Sacramento. His written works include: "Patterns and Perspectives in Teaching of Organic Chemistry at the University Level" and "Some Base Promoted Reactions between Nitro and Methylene Groups."

Professor Ward enjoyed putting together his exhibits at the Annual Science Fair held at the Science and Technology College at the University of Liberia. He served as chairman of the Science Fair from 1971 – 1975 and was often the last to take down his exhibits because he wanted to make sure each young person attending the Fair got the opportunity to see the exhibits and learn about chemistry.

He almost single-handedly developed the chemistry lab at the University of Liberia, and worked as a Consultant to the government of Liberia Ministries of Justice and Commerce performing labanalysis. He was instrumental in sending his top students to teach at the College of West Africa, (CWA) and when he wasn't teaching, he would volunteer his service on projects such as renovating the CWA lab.

After 20 years of serving as the Chairman of the Chemistry Department, T.J.R. Faulkner School of Science and Technology, Professor Ward was gunned down on the Fendall Campus of the University of Liberia by soldiers of the Charles Taylor warring faction in the month of November1990. He was killed along with two other university professors: Mr. Albert Sinewah and Mr. Bowier.

Some of his honors include:

  • A Professional Chemist's Certificate from American Chemical Society – 1955
  • Distinguished Professor Award from the University of Liberia – 1971

His Papers include:

  • The Synthesis of 1,1-Diphenylbiclopropyl (Unpublished Thesis, Rensellaer Polytechnic Institute – 1955)
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