Those who attended the ceremony included: (front row assisting with banner, left to right) Hailey Crosswait, future Yellow Jacket; Danica Crosswait, future Yellow Jacket; Tate Crosswait, future Yellow Jacket; Dr. Bill Crosswait, Class of '50, Spearfish; and Rachel Crosswait, future Yellow Jacket; (back row, left to right) David Degen, Class of '78, Spearfish; Anne (Crosswait) Degen, Class of '76, Spearfish; Ben Crosswait, Spearfish; Mark Crosswait, Rapid City; Connie (Crosswait) Hubbard, Class of '06, Spearfish; Jonathan Crosswait, Class of '09 and '10, Rapid City; Courtney (Cullum) Crosswait, Class of '08, Rapid City; Dr. Bob Crosswait, Class of '78, Spearfish; Helen (Moorhouse) Crosswait, Attended, Spearfish; Charlene (Vondra) Crosswait, Attended, Spearfish; Todd Hubbard, Spearfish; Toby Hubbard, Spearfish; Elizabeth Hubbard, Spearfish; Bethany Crosswait, Spearfish; Mary (Pardon) Crosswait, Attended, Spearfish; Kim (Mickelson) Crosswait, Class of '94, Spearfish; and Craig Crosswait, Class of '81, Spearfish.
Black Hills State University honored the descendants of Robert L. and Elizabeth Crosswait as the 2011 Legacy Family. The award was presented by BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp and Steve Meeker, vice president of University Advancement, during halftime of a recent men's basketball game.
Robert L. and Elizabeth Crosswait moved their family to the Black Hills in 1942. Robert was an educator and administrator for 38 years, serving in schools across South Dakota including: Armour, Lake Andes, Buffalo Gap, Highmore, Woonsocket, Piedmont and New Underwood. Several of his children followed him into education and two began their careers at BHSU. Dr. B.N. "Bill" Crosswait and Dr. Charles "Bruce" Crosswait earned their degrees in 1950 at BHSU, where Bill also had an 18-year career as an education professor.
After his discharge from the Army Air Corps, Bill earned his degree in secondary education with an emphasis in math and science. Following graduation, he took his first teaching job in Lemmon. Over the years he continued to teach while earning his master and doctorate degrees from the University of South Dakota. He and his family returned to the Black Hills in 1966 when Bill became superintendent of the Spearfish School District. He joined the BHSU faculty two years later and taught education classes and supervised student teachers until his retirement in 1985.
Bruce followed his older brother to BHSU following his discharge from the Marine Corps at the end of World War II. He also earned his degree in teaching and accepted his first teaching position in high school chemistry and math at Bennett County High School in Martin. Bruce also continued his education earning his master’s degree from the University of Wyoming and his doctorate from Kansas University. Over the years he was a classroom teacher, superintendent, school board member, academic dean, and educational consultant.
Members of the Crosswait family who graduated from or attended BHSU were: (first generation) Dr. B.N. “Bill” Crosswait, Class of ‘50; Dr. Charles “Bruce” Crosswait, Class of ‘50; Helen (Moorhouse) Crosswait, Attended; Mary (Pardon) Crosswait, Attended; (second generation) Charlene Crosswait, Attended; Contance “Connie” (Crosswait) Hubbard, Class of ‘06; Craig Crosswait, Class of ‘81; Kimberley Crosswait, Class of ‘94; Dr. Robert Crosswait, Class of ’78; Dave Degen, Class of ’78; Anne (Crosswait) Degen, Class of ’78; (third generation) Courtney Crosswait, Class of ’08; Jonathan Crosswait, Class of ’09 and ’10; and Katherine Degen, Attended.
The Legacy Family Award was created to honor families who have a tradition of attending BHSU. For more information about the award or to nominate a deserving family, contact Tom Wheaton, director of Alumni Relations at BHSU, at 642-6385 or Tom.Wheaton@BHSU.edu.