Biographical Note

Charles Kellogg Ober (1856-1948) was born May 5, 1856 in Beverly, MA to Andrew K. and Sarah A. (Hadlock) Ober. He attended Williams College from 1879-1883 and was a member of Zeta Psi and Philotechnian Societies. While a student, Ober established a boarding club which grew to include over 100 members. Ober's interest in the Young Men's Christian Association developed during his association with Williams and in 1882 he was made assistant to Robert R. McBurney, Secretary of the New York City Y.M.C.A.

Ober married Julia M. Dodge, August 8, 1883 in Beverly, MA. That same year he became State Secretary of the Massachusetts Y.M.C.A., a position he held 1883-4. From 1884 to 1890 Ober was involved in the Association's college movement and helped to organize the Northfield Student Conference and the Student Volunteer Movement. In 1890 Ober was made Field Secretary of the International Committee and traveled throughout the United States in this capacity until 1910, when he conceived the Fellowship Plan for training qualified college students as secretaries.

During the First World War Ober served as a Y.M.C.A. Special Secretary in France and England. From 1910 until his retirement in 1923 he traveled extensively, visiting colleges and universities, actively recruiting for the association. Ober was the recipient of an Honorary M.A. from Williams in 1935 in recognition of his "...interest and long-continued faithful services among college young men...." Ober was the author of several works relating to his work in the Y.M.C.A. He died July 13, 1948 in White Plains, NY, survived by a son Carlton K.(W.C. 1916) and daughter Marion K. Portions of this note were cited from the National Cyclopedia of American Biography, Vol 37, p 429-30.

Charles Kellogg Ober (1856-1948) Papers, 1876-1890

Charles Kellogg Ober