Generation V Parents
Eva Margaret Hanna
b. Oct. 31, 1895 - d. Mar. 16, 1991¹
John Scott Cleland
b. July 23, 1887²
Eva was born in Southern Ontario and moved with her family to Washington in 1914 and attended college in Washington State.
In 1923 she joined the faculty at Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois and became a respected professor there. She is credited with modernizing the English department by introducing the study of creative writing along with modern poetry and prose.
She married John Cleland, Monmouth's academic dean about 1940; he had been widowed³ and she took seven years off to raise his three children. After John's death, she returned to the classroom for another 16 years and retired in 1967.
Special tribute was paid to her in the year of her retirement when Cleland Hall was dedicated in honour of Eva and her late husband. Also, the Eva Cleland Book Award was first presented in 1978 to further honour her. The award is presented annually to an English major for outstanding work in English literature.
Adele Kennedy wrote the following of Eva, "She was interested in each of her students, became a close friend to many, and kept in touch with them, not only in this country but in foreign lands as well."*
Family: (Eva's stepchildren)**
Robert S. Cleland b. ~1920
John W. Cleland b. ~1922
Wallace B. Cleland b. ~1927
Built in 1966 and named in honor of former dean John Cleland and his widow, former English professor Eva Cleland, Cleland Hall is a three-storey men's residence hall with a courtyard, recreation room and kitchenette.°
¹ Ancestry.com. Social Security Death Index [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2010.
² Ancestry.com. Registration Card, U. S. A, World War II.
³ The 1930 U.S. Federal Census lists Margaret B. Cleland, age 37, as John's wife; they were married about 1917 when John was 30 years old.
* This information, except as noted, was submitted by LeRoy Hanna in a letter to Tom Loghrin, Mar. 18, 2011.
** Ancestry.com. 1930 United Stated Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2002.
° Picture and information from the Monmouth College website, www.monmouthcollege.edu .