20 Questions: A sketch of Centre dean of the College John Ward

RELEASED: Dec. 29, 2005

Dean Ward

DANVILLE, KY—1. Position/title: Dean of the College/Vice President for Academic Affairs/Professor of English!

2. Hometown: Danville for another several months

3. Career highlight: Starting the Lessons and Carols service with a solo first verse of "once in Royal David's City..."

4. Signature class: The History of the British Novel, a year-long course with a reading list of 19 novels

5. Recent publication/exhibition/performance: Two tenor solos from Handel's Messiah at Advent Evensong service

6. Family details: Still happily married; we have met for lunch for the best part of 40 years of teaching/working at the same college together.

7. Hobbies: Boating on the Kennebec

8. Pets: Slipper the cat, a feisty leaper.

9. Prized possession: Reasonably good health

10. Last book read:Learning to Bow by Feiler

11. Memorable trip/vacation: A week in Kenwood (California wine country) with the whole family

12. Favorite movie: Moonstruck

13. Favorite album: Norwegian Wood

14. Favorite food: Memphis ribs

15. Favorite smell: Lavender

16. Person you most admire: Jimmy Carter

17. Living figure you'd most like to meet: Jimmy Carter

18. Historical figure you'd most like to meet: Sam Johnson

19. What would you be doing if you weren't teaching at Centre: Learning to be a carpenter

20. Describe yourself in three words: Good family man


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