CU trustee to autograph book on Monday

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By Joan C. McKinney

Dr. E. Bruce Heilman will autograph his book, "An Interruption that Lasted a Lifetime: My First Eighty Years," from 1 until 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26 at Barnes & Noble College Booksellers in the building named in his honor, the E. Bruce Heilman Student Complex at Campbellsville University.


Heilman, who at 82 completed a cross-country motorcycle drive last year, serves as chancellor at the University of Richmond, where he previously served as president. He is a 1949 graduate of Campbellsville University and serves on the university's Board of Trustees.

"We are so honored to have Dr. Heilman hold this book signing at our bookstore," said Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of Campbellsville University. "Dr. Heilman and his wife, the former Betty Dobbins, who graduated in 1948, are two of our most distinguished graduates who have given so much of their time and resources to Campbellsville University.

"We encourage everyone to come meet this man who has contributed so much to society and to Campbellsville University in particular."

Military service played a pivotal role in launching Heilman's distinguished career in higher education administration, according to a press release about his book.

The memoir is divided into four sections that detail key periods in Heilman's life. The first, "Formation," begins with his birth in Smithfield, Ky., in 1926. His childhood provided him with a solid foundation upon which he built his life - a life that he thought would always be lived on the family dairy farm. As the years of war accelerated, those assumptions would change.

The portion of the book, titled "Transformations," discusses Heilman's service in the Marine Corps in combat in Okinawa and in post-war Japan. His memories, set in the historical context of letters he wrote to his mother, provide the story of not only how Heilman was transformed into a man with limitless possibilities, but also the story of how a great generation, now dwindling in numbers, was changed forever through combat and service.

Heilman progressed through obtaining his doctorate, raising a family of six and embarking on an impressive career in higher education and these years are highlighted in "Reclamation." The final section of the book is an insightful look at the crucial role played by higher education leaders as told through the eyes of a man whose career in academia is well marked with achievement.

The book, "An Interruption that Lasted a Lifetime: My First Eighty Years," reveals an "engaging story of one man's extraordinary life path, as well as the story of a generation who bravely suffered through a worldwide conflict and emerged to build the America of today," the release says.

After serving in the Marine Corps during World War II, Heilman earned his undergraduate, master's and doctoral degrees from Vanderbilt University with majors in business administration and higher education administration.

The hardcover book is available at CU's bookstore for $39.99. AuthorHouse is the publisher.

For information on the book signing, contact the Office of Development at Campbellsville University at development@campbellsville.edu or 789-5211.

- Joan C. McKinney is news and publications coordinator at Campbellsville University.