MONMOUTH – On Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009, Western Oregon University’s Humanities and Social Science (HSS) building will be renamed Bellamy Hall in dedication to former humanities professor Dr. John Edward “Jack” Bellamy. The dedication ceremony will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. at the main entrance to the HSS building. After a brief program, including remarks from WOU President John P. Minahan, a reception will be held in the building’s lobby.
Bellamy taught worked at WOU from 1955 until his retirement in 1982, and saw the university as it transformed from Oregon College of Education to Western Oregon State College and now WOU. He was born in Mount Carmel, Ill. And graduated from Indiana State Teachers College in 1948. After graduation he moved to Champaign, Ill. and earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in English from the University of Illinois. Prior to joining WOU, he worked at an assistant professor of English at New Mexico A&M.
In addition to teaching, Bellamy acted and directed many plays at Pentacle Theatre in Salem, including “The Lion in Winter.” He enjoyed merging his love for language and the theatre in his work at Pentacle. He was a poet as well, having published in “College English,” “Poet Lore,” “Prairie Schooner,” and “Singing Birds.” His dry wit, his sense of irony, and his love of word play echo throughout his poems.
After his retirement, Bellamy continued acting and writing poetry until he passed away of cancer on Sept. 25, 2000.
For more information on the event, contact Sandy Newland at 503-838-8147.
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