G. Reginald Bell

The Distinguished Honorary Alumni Awards are given to individuals who have not graduated from Kettering, but who have given outstanding service to the university and its students.

Professor Reg Bell recently celebrated an incredible milestone—200 consecutive teaching terms at Kettering University. That is 50-years of teaching and NEVER MISSING a term! 

Professor Bell joined the faculty at Kettering University (then General Motors Institute) in 1963. Since then, this much beloved professor of chemistry has remembered the names of thousands of students, what year they graduated, which section they were in and where they are now. He has written more than 5,000 letters of recommendation for graduate schools and impacted the lives of many more. Professor Reg Bell is a legend at Kettering as he starts to teach his 202nd consecutive term.

From a plastics and broader industry perspective, Professor Reg Bell has made unique lifetime achievements in the fields of polymer science and polymer/plastics engineering. Reg’s expertise has contributed to associations such as Plastics Materials & Process Selection Industry Seminar, UMASS Lowell Plastics Engineering Seminars, plastics parts competitions held by SPE Automotive, the Pasadena-based Art Center College of Design, North American International Auto Show, and the Society of Automotive Engineers and other major industry associations. He has collaborated with companies such as BASF, Ticona, DuPont, GE Plastics, Bayer, and many other major plastic raw material suppliers at plastic company conferences. He has interacted with and influenced major auto industry executives such as Ed Cole, Bob Lutz, Lloyd Reuss, Lee Iacocca, Henry Ford II, and many other notable automotive personalities past and present. Stated simply, Professor Bell’s “classroom” starts at Kettering University, extends across the industrial manufacturing floor, and reaches well into the executive management ranks.

During Alumni Homecoming Weekend 2013, the University celebrated his teaching for 200 consecutive terms, establishing the “Professor Reg Bell Endowment” in his name. Reg will tell you that in his 50 years of teaching, he hasn't had a student who wasn't his "favorite student." He enjoys interacting inside and outside the classroom with what he calls so many exceptional individuals. "Our students are geared toward excellence and achievement. The students will always come first for me," he said, adding, "The most fortunate thing that ever happened to me was finding out about this school." Reg has a master's degree from the University of Tennessee in Organic Chemistry and Polymer Science and has a bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University.