Dr. Bell came to IPFW in 1970 and retired in December 1999 as an associate professor emeritus of History. He received degrees from Tulane University (1957, A.B.; Ph.D,1968). He served in the U.S. Foreign Service and is the author of Crisis in Costa Rica: the 1948 Revolution (University of Texas Press, 1971). His areas of research were Latin American relations and Central America.