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Kalamazoo College

Bells of Stetson Chapel

Dedicated June 2, 1984, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Founded 1983, Whitechapel Bellfoundry, London, England

Bell Dedication Weight Diameter Note
Treble Lucinda Hinsdale Stone 344 lbs 23"   A Named for Lucinda Hinsdale Stone, first principal of the "Female Department" at Kalamazoo College and national pioneer in women's education. Together with her husband, J. A. B. Stone, she strove for progressive education for both men and women. Inscription: She openeth her mouth with wisdom. (Proverbs 31:26)
2nd  James A. B. Stone 360 lbs 235/8"   G# Named for James A. B. Stone, first president of Kalamazoo College. He led the foundering young College from near extinction to stability, and created the tradition of excellence in teaching at Kalamazoo.
Inscription: And the light shineth in darkness. (John 1:5)
3rd Madelon Stockwell 392 lbs 243/4"   F# Named for Madelon Stockwell, the first woman graduate of the University of Michigan. She began her college education at Kalamazoo and was supported for entry at the university by her mentor, Lucinda Hinsdale Stone.
Inscription: O sing unto the Lord a new song. (Psalm 98:1)
4th Thomas W. Merrill 414 lbs 26"   E Named for Thomas W. Merrill, Baptist minister and co-founder of Kalamazoo College. He created the mission of the College, and provided its Baptist heritage.
Inscription: He hath done marvelous things. (Psalm 98:1)
5th Jeremiah Hall 512 lbs 28"   D Named for Jeremiah Hall, who gave invaluable support to the fledgling College as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Kalamazoo.
Inscription: Praise ye the Lord. (Psalm 106:1)
6th  Titus Bronson 556 lbs 291/2"   C# Named for Titus Bronson, first permanent settler in the Kalamazoo area. The city of Kalamazoo was originally known as the Village of Bronson.
Inscription: Every valley shall be exalted. (Isaiah 40:3)
7th Arthur Gaylord Slocum 768 lbs 321/2"   B Named for Arthur Gaylord Slocum, the sixth president of Kalamazoo College. He came to office in one of the darkest periods of the College's history, and through his leadership brought national recognition to the school.
Inscription: How lovely is thy dwelling place. (Psalm 84:1)
Tenor Caleb Eldred  1024 lbs 36"   A Named for Caleb Eldred, co-founder of the College. He secured the first charter for the institution and served for more than thirty years as the first chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Inscription: God is our refuge and our strength. (Psalm 46:1)