Dr. Nelson P. Guild, former president of Frostburg State College from 1969-1985, died Monday, Jan. 5, 2004, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Cumberland, Md. He was 75 years old.
Born in Keene, New Hampshire, Dr. Guild was the youngest of five children. His father was a postal clerk and his mother was professional pianist/organist. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1946-1949, earning the rank of staff sergeant. He earned his bachelor of arts in government from University of New Hampshire in 1953 and his master of arts degree and doctorate degree in political science from Pennsylvania State University in 1955 and 1958 respectively. He was a professor of government at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., and named a congressional fellow of the American Political Science Association.
In 1966, he came to Frostburg State, where he would make his home, to serve as the dean of the college. After a national search, the Maryland Board of Trustees appointed Guild as president of the institution on July 1, 1969. During his tenure, the college strengthened and expanded both graduate and undergraduate programs, constructed new residence halls, library and physical education center. Enrollment grew from 2,010 to 3,227 during his presidency and the annual budget increased from $3.9 million to $23.8 million. He resigned in 1985 to take a position as interim executive director for the Board of Trustees of the State Universities and Colleges of Maryland. In 1986, the Nelson P. Guild Human Resources Center was dedicated on the campus and in 1991 he was named President Emeritus of Frostburg State University.
Dr. Guild was preceded in death by the younger of two sons, Matthew F. Guild, and by his parents and siblings. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Margaret Graf Guild, whom he met in high school in Keene, by one son, Douglas P. Guild and family of Chapel Hill, N.C., and by Matthew’s widow, Mary Lou Terry Guild and son, Nelson Lewis Guild of Florida.
A community memorial service has been set for Saturday, Jan. 17, at 11 a.m. at the Frostburg United Methodist Church on Main Street. A campus memorial service will be planned in the near future.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the FSU Foundation, N.P. Guild Scholarship Fund, The Frostburg United Methodist Church Restoration Fund or the donor's favorite charity.