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THEOBALD, John Adams

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THEOBALD, John Adams (Rev.). (Meyer, IA, Aug. 25, 1888-Unknown). LORAS COLLEGE student groups led by Theobald studied Leonid meteor showers and made observations that were studied by Japanese and French astronomers and used for future astronomical computations. Theobald, in cooperation with Professor C. C. Wylie of the University of Iowa, charted paths of fireballs and published many articles on the subject beginning in 1927. In 1932 he led an expedition to Quebec, Canada, to study the directions of shadow bounds during total solar eclipses.

In 1917 Theobald became interested in Boy Scout work and remained a leader in the movement until 1944. He served as a Scoutmaster in Troop 2, St. Raphael's Cathedral, during 1917 and 1918. In January, 1931 he was elected a member of the leadership training committee and in January, 1933 as chairman of that committee. Theobald pioneered Boy Scout camp retreats, an idea that received national acceptance. In 1933 Archbishop Francis J.L. BECKMAN appointed Rev. Theobald chaplain and spiritual director of the Catholic Boy Scouts of the ARCHDIOCESE OF DUBUQUE. In 1933 Rev. Theobald received the Silver Beaver award for his outstanding contributions. He was the first person in the Northeast Iowa Council to receive this citation.

Information provided by Paul Lewis.