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Bell, Terrel H.locked

(11 November 1921–22 June 1996)
  • Ann T. Keene


Bell, Terrel H. (11 November 1921–22 June 1996), educator, was born in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, the son of Willard, miner and farmer, and Alta Martin Bell. The Bells were Mormons. Willard Bell died in 1930, and his wife struggled to support her nine children while encouraging them to excel in school. Bell, nicknamed Ted, received his early education in Lava Hot Springs, a small community in southern Idaho. Following graduation as valedictorian from the local high school in 1940—he delivered the commencement address in a suit bought for him by his teachers—he enrolled at the state normal school in nearby Albion. Tuition fees, he later recalled, were $11.50 a semester....

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