By: Dave Carl and Wayne Haviland
Henry Gould’s life has led him on a journey unlike most. Gould was born in Portsmouth, Va. Early on, he knew that his passion lied with radio.
“I wanted to be a radio announcer,” Gould said. “I had my own radio station in Virginia. I broadcast around the neighborhood.”
Gould has a very impressive collegiate career that started out close to home. He attended the College of William and Mary.
He went on to graduate from the University of Virginia with his Bachelors in 1954 and obtained his master in mathematics two years later.
While he was at UVA Gould took advantage of every opportunity to work at the student radio station. He has been an amateur radio operator since 1955.
“I worked at the University of Virginia radio station WUVA, Gould said. “It’s now called KISSFM, but I worked there as an announcer.”
But Gould didn’t build a career out of radio.
“Math was my business and music was my hobby that’s how I got into radio,” said Gould.
Gould began his teaching career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a research assistant from 1957 to 1958. After those two brief years he came to West Virginia University.
Gould would go onto serve on the faculty for the next forty- nine years, and it’s what he would do outside the classroom that would define him.
While Gould was on the faculty at WVU, he founded several student organizations, including the Astronomy Club.
From 1970 to 1980 Gould and his late wife, Josephine, ran the Morgantown Orchid Society. The pair grew orchids in their basement and would give lectures on the flowers to all who would listen.
Gould not only started scholarly clubs and associations for students on campus but also began something that was a passion for him, an amateur radio club.
“When I first came to Morgantown one of the first things I found was that there was no student radio station,” Gould said. “I thought ‘Hell I just came from the University of Virginia, WUVA 640 on your radio dial, why don’t they have a station here?’ The students need a radio station and we finally got one and I’m so proud of that!”
Gould is now retired and lives with his wife, Jean, on Stewart Street in Morgantown. Even though he is no longer a part of the WVU faculty he has not stopped teaching.
“The world’s most interesting man in Morgantown” is how Christopher Haines, WVU student and Gould’s neighbor describes his older friend.
“He is a very wise man,” said Joe Cooper, another neighbor and WVU student.
At 83 years old Gould continues to work on mathematical essays and to publish papers.