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Now enjoying retirement in Redmond, WA, D. Jerry White devoted approximately 25 years to helping students appreciate the works of William Shakespeare and a host of other famous writers.
White retired in May as professor emeritus of English and philosophy. His journey into an education career began with studies at Barton College in Wilson, NC, where he earned his bachelor’s degree and graduated summa cum laude. He briefly attended Ball State University in Muncie, IN, but went on to earn master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
After serving as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Illinois, and a stint in the U.S. Army in Korea during the Vietnam War era, White served from 1975 to 1978 as an assistant professor and director of drama at College of Idaho. He later spent two years teaching at Eureka College in Illinois before joining the Department of English and Philosophy faculty at CMSU in 1980 as an assistant professor. He climbed the faculty ranks and became a full professor in 1990.
White was involved in a variety of scholarly research and committee work, while also teaching both upper-level and graduate courses dealing with subjects such as Shakespeare, Renaissance Drama and Romantic Poets. He taught general studies courses, as well, including Composition I and II, Advanced Composition, British Literature I, and World Masterpieces. With an interest in international teaching, he spent the fall semesters of 1987 and 1994 teaching in the Missouri London Program, a cooperative program sponsored by CMSU, MU and other state universities.
White received such honors as the College of Arts and Sciences’ Distinguished Faculty Award in 2003 and the college’s Faculty Achievement Award in 1985. He also earned English honor society Sigma Tau Delta Teacher of Distinction honors.