Laupus Family Papers, 1967-2011

Laupus Library Manuscript Collection, LL 02.45

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Laupus Family Papers
    Creator: Laupus Family
    Repository: Laupus Library History Collections
    Language: English
    Abstract: The collection contains papers, photos, and memorabilia from Dr. William E. and Evelyn (Fike) Laupus.
    Extent: 0.456 Cubic feet,
  • Description
     

    The collection contains papers, photos, and memorabilia from Dr. William E. and Evelyn (Fike) Laupus. The papers include awards Dr. Laupus received, memorial service information, and Seymour High School Wall of Fame Dinner attended by Richard Laupus. There are many photos from various events the Laupus’ attended and were involved with, ranging from 1960 to 1999. Memorabilia includes items from their service in the military during World War II, awards and recognitions Dr. Laupus received, lab coats, and a doctoral gown with hood.

  • Biographical / Historical Note
     

    William Edward Laupus was born 25 May 1921 in Seymour, Indiana. He earned his Bachelors of Science in 1943 and Doctorate of Medicine in 1945, both from Yale University. During World War II, he served the Army at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Marion, Indiana, where he met his future wife, Evelyn E. Fike. In 1975, Dr. Laupus accepted the position as the first dean of what was to become a four year medical school at East Carolina University. Also while at East Carolina, he served as professor of pediatrics, vice chancellor and dean of the School of Medicine, vice chancellor for health sciences, and professor of preventive medicine and pediatrics. In 1989, he received the O. Max Gardner Award, the highest honor given by the University Of North Carolina Board Of Governors, for his outstanding work in North Carolina. He died 15 February 2005.

    Evelyn Estelle Fike was born 23 December 1921 in Spartanburg, South Carolina to Claudius Edwin and Rosa Fike. She was raised in eastern North Carolina and graduated in 1941 as a registered nurse from the School of Nursing at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. During World War II, she served in the U.S. Army Nursing Corp on the European front, first in England and then on a Red Cross Hospital Ship based off southern Italy and North Africa. After the war, she was reassigned to an Army hospital facility in Marion, Indiana where she met her husband-to-be, Captain William E. Laupus. They were married 6 March 1948 in Ahoskie, North Carolina and shortly thereafter relocated to New York City. In 1953, the Laupus’ moved to the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan to establish Dr. Laupus’ pediatric practice. In 1959 and then again in 1963 they moved to Augusta, Georgia and Richmond, Virginia respectfully. They remained in Richmond until moving to Greenville, North Carolina in 1975. Evelyn returned to psychiatric nursing in Richmond at St. Mary’s Hospital. Once in Greenville, she worked alongside her husband to transform the School of Medicine - helping to recruit nationally recognized staff, raising funds, and promoting its mission to the citizens of eastern North Carolina. She also founded the Pill Guild, an association of medical faculty wives. Evelyn died 15 July 2011.

    William and Evelyn Laupus had four children: Patricia Ann (1950), John Richard (1953), Laura Ruth (1954), and William Edward Jr. (1957). The health sciences library at East Carolina University is named in honor of Dr. William E. Laupus, and gallery space in the library is named after Evelyn Fike Laupus.

  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    4 November 2011, items related to Seymour High School Wall of Fame. Gift of Rick Laupus.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Rick Laupus

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

    Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    Laupus Family Papers (LL 02.45), The William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processing revised by Ashley Williams, 2015

    Sponsor Statement

    Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina Access and Digitization Grant Program.

Container List

  • Laupus Family Papers, 1967-2011
     
    Photos, 1967-2003
    Evelyn Fike Laupus, 2007-2011
    Pitt Memorial Hospital Foundation Annual Service Award, 1988
    Seymour High School (Indiana) Wall of Fame Dinner, 2011
    The Order of the Long Leaf Pine Certificate, 23 October 1987
    Joyner Library Dedication Photo, 8 March 1999
    Greenville Rotary Club Honorary Member Certificate, 16 June 2003
    William Laupus color portrait, undated
    The Oliver Max Gardner Award, 1989
    The North Carolina Hosptial Association Meritorious Service Award, 17 July 1991
    A Tribute to Evelyn Laupus, 29 June 1989
  • Memorabilia, 1972-2011, undated
     
    Seymour High School (Indiana) Wall of Fame Plaque, 2011
    Pewter Plate from Dr. Laupus' Retirement, undated
    Pewter Mug, 1972
    Second Annual Health Sciences Golf Classic, First Place Low Net Plaque, 1994
    A Photographice Tribute of Graduating Classes Photo Holder (no photo), 2005
    Seymour High School (Indiana) Wall of Fame Apple with Stand, 2011
    Dr. Laupus Lab Coats (2 coats), undated
    Hat from U.S. Navy, undated
    11 Military Pins (belonged to Evelyn Laupus), undated
    Black Doctoral Gown with Green Velvet Sleeve Bars and Front Panel and Hood with Green Velvet and Purple Lining, undated
    Grey/Brown Flag with Red Greek Cross, undated

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Container List

  • Laupus Family Papers, 1967-2011
     
    Photos, 1967-2003
    Evelyn Fike Laupus, 2007-2011
    Pitt Memorial Hospital Foundation Annual Service Award, 1988
    Seymour High School (Indiana) Wall of Fame Dinner, 2011
    The Order of the Long Leaf Pine Certificate, 23 October 1987
    Joyner Library Dedication Photo, 8 March 1999
    Greenville Rotary Club Honorary Member Certificate, 16 June 2003
    William Laupus color portrait, undated
    The Oliver Max Gardner Award, 1989
    The North Carolina Hosptial Association Meritorious Service Award, 17 July 1991
    A Tribute to Evelyn Laupus, 29 June 1989
  • Memorabilia, 1972-2011, undated
     
    Seymour High School (Indiana) Wall of Fame Plaque, 2011
    Pewter Plate from Dr. Laupus' Retirement, undated
    Pewter Mug, 1972
    Second Annual Health Sciences Golf Classic, First Place Low Net Plaque, 1994
    A Photographice Tribute of Graduating Classes Photo Holder (no photo), 2005
    Seymour High School (Indiana) Wall of Fame Apple with Stand, 2011
    Dr. Laupus Lab Coats (2 coats), undated
    Hat from U.S. Navy, undated
    11 Military Pins (belonged to Evelyn Laupus), undated
    Black Doctoral Gown with Green Velvet Sleeve Bars and Front Panel and Hood with Green Velvet and Purple Lining, undated
    Grey/Brown Flag with Red Greek Cross, undated


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