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Fred G. Holloway, 1898-1988

Fred Garrigus Holloway

Fourth President of Western Maryland College, 1935-1947

A lectureship in literature seems wholly appropriate as a partial recognition of Fred Garrigus Holloway. For, underneath his widely acknowledge skills as a preacher, administrator, and teacher, his love of music and of literature was reflected in everything he touched.

A graduate of the Class of 1919, he went on to earn a divinity degree from Drew University, and was ordained by the Methodist Protestant church in 1921. Married to Winifred Jackson soon after, he served charges in Delaware, Virginia, and Maryland before he was called to Westminster Theological Seminary in 1927 as Professor of Biblical Languages. There, his emergence as one of the church’s most powerful preachers and as a promising young administrator led to the presidency of the Seminary, and, after a short time, to the presidency of the College itself from 1935-1947. In a critical period of growth and change, his insistence on academic excellence and collegiality made a deep and lasting impression on the institution, and his brilliant sermons and poetry reading enlivened a difficult decade.

In 1947, he left the Hill to become President of Drew University, and in 1960 he was made Bishop of West Virginia in the United Methodist Church, retiring from that post in 1968. Dr. Holloway died on June 1, 1988, in Wilmington, Delaware.

Literature, especially poetry, was an integral part of his intellectual curriculum. Hence, the College, though well aware of his leadership in church and in education, has elected to present these annual scholarly lectures as a lasting tribute to one of Fred Holloway’s deepest commitments.

Holloway Lecture Collection

The annual Holloway lecture honors the deep commitment of past College President Fred Garrigus Holloway to the role of literature and poetry in the liberal arts. Below is a list of past Holloway speakers.

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1986 M. H. Abrams, “How to Prove an Interpretation: Wordsworth’s ‘A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal’”

1987 S. Schoenbaum – “All That is Known Concerning Shakespeare”

1988 Louis D. Rubin, Jr. – “The High Sheriff of Yoknapatawpha: An Overview of William Faulkner”

1989 Richard B. Sewall – “Emily Dickinson at Play”

1990 Daniel Hoffman – “Hang-Gliding from Helicon”

1991 Myra Jehlen – “Why Did the Englishman Cross the Ocean? A Sixteenth-Century Riddle”

1992 Jonathan Yardley – “The Decline and Imminent Fall of American Literary Fiction”

1993 Nancy A. Walker – “‘A Very Serious Thing’: Women’s Humor and American Culture”

1994 John Barth – “The Storyteller’s Call”

1995 Jackson R. Bryer – “‘Snooping’ or ‘Illuminating?’ Editing a Writer’s Correspondence”

1996 Jane Tompkins – “The Re-Enchantment of Learning”

1997 Paul Fussell – “The Poetry of Three Wars”

1998 Peter Balakian – “The Moral Act of Memory: Writing a Memoir about Growing Up in the Suburbs and the Armenian Genocide”

1999 Deborah Brandt – “The Plot of Literacy in American Lives”

2000 Jerome J. McGann – “Scholarly Adventures in Computerland”

2001 Steven Knapp – “Fiction, Terror, and Other Minds”

2002 Michael Dirda – “Looking for a Good Time: Reading, Libraries, and the World of Books”

2003 Dawn Trouard – “Remembering How to Seem: Teaching the Dead”

2004 André Bernard – “Can Publishing Be Interesting?”

2005 Dana Gioia – “A Poetry Reading”

2006 Karla F. C. Holloway – “BookMarks: Reading Race, Reading Sports, and Other Public Preoccupations”

2007 Jeffrey Jerome Cohen – “The Weight of the Past: Dreaming the Prehistoric in the Middle Ages”

2008 Kevin McLaughlin – “Wiped Out: Matthew Arnold’s Resignation”

2009 LeRoy Lad Panek – “McDaniel and His Hellish Crew”

2010 Wendy Moffat – “Modern Sex”

2011 Eric Sundquist – “We Dreamed a Dream: Ralph Ellison, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Barack Obama”

2012 Cynthia L. Selfe – “Stories That Speak to/about Us: Power, Problematics, and Narratives in Digital Contexts”

2013 Carolyn Dinshaw – “It’s Not Easy Being Green: Medieval Foliate Heads and Queer Worldmaking”

2014 William Gleason – “Masterpiece Theater Revisited: Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Pulps”

2015 Lynn Z. Bloom – “Why True Stories Matter”