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Still teaching after all these years

Stanley McWhorterThe melodies and lyrics of British and American folk ballads always fascinated Stanley B. McWhorter ’54 during a full-time teaching career that began in the 1950s and ended in 1995 when he retired from the faculty of the University of Dayton.

McWhorter used his extensive knowledge of folklore to inform his English classes as he drew parallels between authentic folk ballads and English romanticism as seen in the poetry of William Wordsworth and others.

Now living in Dayton, McWhorter continues to give lecture-concerts that draw upon his skill on seven instruments, including a dulcimer he made himself.

“I still receive a number of requests from churches and schools for my concerts,” McWhorter says. “I am retired from full-time work, but that will never mean that I sit down in a rocking chair and count the days.”

Holding a Ph.D. in English from the University of Kentucky, McWhorter taught at Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, West Virginia Wesleyan University, the University of South Carolina, and Xavier University, in addition to Dayton.

McWhorter still teaches on a voluntary basis for Dayton, giving on-line English courses for students who are primarily auditing the material, and keeps himself physically fit through membership in a health spa.

McWhorter’s career and travels included exchange teaching assignments at Heidelberg University, Germany, and the Université de Lyon, France. As a leading scholar and researcher on folklore, he served as educational coordinator of the National Folk Festival Association of America.

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