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Royal E. "Gene" Bales Honored for Excellence in Philosophy Education

Royal E. "Gene" Bales has published a memoir and crime novel since his retirement from Menlo College

    MENLO PARK, CA, February 28, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Royal E. "Gene" Bales has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

At his retirement in 2000, Dr. Bales was named Emeritus Professor of Philosophy by Menlo College, Atherton, CA. He served the institution in a variety of roles beginning in 1962; he was an instructor in music and philosophy from 1962 to 1969, then a professor, and in the 1990s, a full professor. Dr. Bales also served as chairman of the social sciences and humanities department for three years, dean of liberal arts for five years, provost of the college for eight years, and continued to teach a couple of courses a year until 2008. From 1971 to 1987, he was a standing member of the school's president's advisory council.

In 1956, Dr. Bales graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Wichita. He began his career the same year as a music teacher for Kansas Public Schools. Dr. Bales also continued his education while serving in the U.S. Army Reserve, receiving a Master of Arts from the University of Wichita in 1960. Dr. Bales, who spent a total of eight years with the U.S. Army Reserve, rounded out his education by obtaining a Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1968.

Along with his positions with Kansas Public Schools and Menlo College, Dr. Bales also held visiting fellow roles at Harris-Manchester College at Oxford University, and Wong Visiting Professor at Guangdong University of Law and Commerce. He served as president of the El Camino Youth Symphony Association from 1985 to 1987, and has been an honorary governor of Harris-Manchester College since 1994. His professional affiliations include the American Philosophical Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Dr. Bales, who has contributed a number of articles to professional journals over the years, has focused on his writing talents since his retirement. He is the author of the crime mystery novel, "Grit Beneath My Nails," published in 2014, and the spiritual memoir, "But Then My Voice Changed," published in 2012. Dr. Bales was also a contributing author to the 9th edition of the textbook "About Philosophy," published in 2006. Furthermore, retirement allows him to spend more time on his passion for music. Dr. Bales has been married to his wife, Kathleen, since 1960; the couple has two grown children.

In addition to receiving a research grant from the Stanford-Warsaw Exchange and other academic honors over the years, Dr. Bales was proud to be named principal investigator for Menlo College in the National Science Foundation- funded Stanford University Consortium for Computers in Education in 1971-1972. His various accomplishments have been featured in the 44th through 70th editions of Who's Who in America, the 7th and 8th editions of Who's Who in American Education, the 28th through 43rd editions of Who's Who in the West, and multiple editions of Who's Who in the Worl

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