Bruno E. Jacob - The National Forensic League

The National Forensic League

From 1925, the National Forensic League became the dominant interest in Bruno Jacob's life. In the early years his problem was to keep the League alive, but by 1969, when he retired, the problem had become that of trying to hold the number of chapters down to 1200 and at the same time adequately serve the affiliated schools. Because of the demands of the National Forensic League activities, Jacob resigned his teaching position at Ripon College in 1950 in order to devote himself full-time to the League. In 1953 the volume of work created by the expansion of the League required the addition of another full-time staff member and a third member was added a few years later. Prior to these additions, Jacob had managed the entire business of running this national organization with nothing more than part-time office help from students at Ripon College and some volunteer help from members of his family.

Upon his retirement in 1969, the League presented him with a new automobile and a trip around the world. Lester M. Tucker was elected as his successor as Executive Secretary, and Jacob was named Secretary Emeritus.

In 1978, Jacob named the first eleven members of the NFL (National Forensic League) Hall of Fame. At this same event, the league inducted Jacob by acclamation.

A trophy known as the Bruno E. Jacob Award is given at the close of each national tournament to the participating school which has accumulated largest number of tournament points throughout the school year.

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