Dr. William “Bill” and Carolyn Mallory were honored at West Virginia Wesleyan College by their daughters, Rachel and Megan Mallory, for their dedication to Wesleyan students. A bench and tree were placed in front of the Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library in their honor.
Dr. Mallory recently retired from the College after serving as professor of English. Since 1969, he taught African literature, Asian literature, and Russian literature in translation, co-edited a book entitled Literature and Geography: A Meeting of the Disciplines, participated in NEH summer institutes, and coordinated the Humanities Program.
Carolyn was a 30-year College employee and served the Learning Center as the coordinator of the LIndamood-Bell ® Program for several years. She was the first educator in West Virginia to be a certified Lindamood-Bell ® Clinical Reading Instructor.
“Her work in assisting students with diagnosed learning differences transformed many lives,” stated Bob Skinner ’75, vice president for advancement.
In addition to teaching humanities, Dr. Mallory has also introduced thousands of students to literature from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. “No one has worked harder to internationalize Wesleyan’s curriculum than Bill Mallory,” remarked Dr. Boyd Creasman, provost and vice president of academic affairs
“Bill is always willing to step up when needed,” added Dr. Creasman. “Whether it is taking on an additional course, working a registration day, or assisting the admissions office, his dedication to Wesleyan is steadfast and strong.”
A colleague had this to say about Mallory: “Bill Mallory has been one of the most dedicated professors in the history of West Virginia Wesleyan College. He has been the ‘guiding light’ of the College’s liberal arts tradition. Bill has challenged, coached, and provided support to thousands of Wesleyan students. He and Carolyn have transformed the lives of so many people through their kindness, encouragement, and pursuit of knowledge.”
Dr. Mallory has taken students to Ghana and to other institutions to help them gain a more global perspective. As a professor of English, he has seen first-hand how students have changed over the years and has tried to adjust his teaching style to keep them engaged.
Alumni and friends also established the Mallory Book Fund to continue the legacy of pursuing knowledge about Humanities, the arts, and international literature for the Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library. Contributions to the fund can be sent to the Wesleyan Advancement Office, 59 College Avenue, Buckhannon, WV 26201.
Pictured above are (front row, l-r) Megan Mallory, Bill Mallory, Carolyn Mallory, and Rachel Mallory; back row (l-r) is Bob Skinner ’75, vice president for advancement, and Dr. Boyd Creasman, provost and vice president for academic affairs.