Jim Benner Receives Award From Dr. Gordon Gee, West Virginia University
Gordon Gee presents Jim Benner with an Outstanding Teacher's Award at WVU.James W. Benner, M.A. was a faculty member in the College of Creative Arts at WVU. He was a Professor of Music who taught Vocal Diction, Repertoire, Opera Theatre, and Piano at the undergraduate and graduate level. Benner directed 38 productions of 34 different operas with the WVU Opera Theatre. His wife, the American soprano opera singer Frances Yeend, was a Lecturer in Music and Voice in the WVU College of Creative Arts after retiring from her Opera Career in 1966 when they both moved to Morgantown, W. Va.
Print number 386. Thomas Clark Atkeson wrote the law which created the West Virginia State Board of Agriculture in 1891, serving as President of the board for the next fourteen years. It was Atkeson who recommended to the University Board of Regents that agriculture be taught at the state University, and he was then later named the first dean of the College of Agriculture when it was established in 1898. Atkeson's work with agricultural education is well renowned.
West Virginia University Faculty, Morgantown, W. Va.
Front Row: Unidentified; Dr. E. M. Turner; Dr. P. B. Reynolds; Unidentified. Second Row: Unidentified; Dr. Douthat; Dr. St. George Tucker Brooke; Prof. J. S. Stewart. Third Row: Dr. Hartigan; Prof Willey; Dr. I. C. White; Unidentified. Fourth Row: Prof. Whitehill; Unidentified.
Jason Clark Easton first served in the Seventy Seventh (77th) Division as a non-commissioned officer (sergeant) because of his compromised eyesight. He was eventually commissioned a lieutenant and assigned to General Pershing's staff during the Paris Peace talks. In 1938 Easton began a thirty five year career on the West Virginia University faculty as a Professor of History.