Ralph Wooster: Great Texan

The Lamar University Department of History and the Walter Prescott Webb Historical Society will host a reception Tuesday, Nov. 28, honoring history professor Ralph Wooster, who is retiring this semester after a distinguished 52-year career at the university.

The event will be from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Dishman Art Museumat Lamar.

Students, faculty, staff and other well-wishers invited to join in the event,

said History Department Chair John Storey.

Wooster has been a t e a c h e r, scholar and administrator at Lamar and is nationally known as an author and historian.

Regents of The Texas State University System adopted a resolution Nov. 17 honoring him as distinguished professor emeritus of history. The history department conference room in the Archer Building will be named in his honor, said Lamar President James Simmons.

Wooster is "a great Texan who has told the state's story to generations past, present and to come," the regents said in their resolution. "[He has] touched, guided and inspired the intellectual lives of thousands of students, as well as hundreds of thousands of Texas seventh graders who learned the history of this great state by reading his widely adopted 'Texas and Texans.'

"Dr. Wooster, a masterful storyteller, delivered spellbinding lectures that attracted students and scholars alike to Lamar University, earning for himself the reputation for excellence sought by every classroom instructor . . . (his) fairness, goodwill, decency and evenhandedness toward students and colleagues brought him the high regard and respect that today are synonymous with his name."

Additional information about the Nov. 28 reception is available from the Lamar Department of History, at 880-8511.

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