Firkins House

Helser Hall

Floor Plans

Rooms 4820-4829
Rooms 4830-4839
Rooms 4841-4846
Rooms 4847-4854

House Details

Floor #: 4
Gender: Male
Capacity: 52
Room #s: 4820-4854
A/C: No
Bed Type: Unlofted, metal frame
Floor Type: Tile
Room Types: Double
Room Size:
Window Size:
Ceiling Height: 8'1"

House History

FIRKINS, Bruce J. (1896-1960) received two degrees from Iowa State (B.S. 1917; M.S. 1918). He joined the Iowa State staff in 1917 and was made assistant professor of soils in 1919. He taught at Iowa state for 43 years, except for a brief period during World War I, and his major interest was instruction and counseling of undergraduates. He was a varsity athlete in football, wrestling, and baseball. He assisted as a coach from 1919 to 1923, served on the Athletic Council for 16 years and was on the Memorial Union Board for 21 years. He received a Faculty Citation in 1958. An editorial in the Iowa State Daily at the time of his death paid tribute to him with the following statement, "He had a rare ability to keep students interested and to give them incentive to learn."