Remembering Richard D. Beards
Richard D. Beards- professor, editor, and bookstore owner- earned his B.A. from Dartmouth College in English in 1958 and his Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington, Seattle in 1965. He began teaching in the English Department at Temple University in 1964. He taught courses in Victorian Children’s Literature, Victorian Novel, British Survey, the Short Story, Modern American Novel, American Playwrights, and Folklore. He was awarded two Fulbright Fellowships to Europe, one at Lund University, Sweden, and one at Odense University, Denmark. He edited Ann Preston’s Cousin Ann’s Stories for Children and Charles Kingsley’s The Water-Babies: A Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby.
A committed citizen of the university, Professor Beards in his forty-nine years at Temple University served on a number of departmental and college committees. He was Secretary of the Faculty Senate, member of the Executive Committee for the College of Arts and Sciences, editor of the newsletter for the Pennsylvania Historical Photography Group, and a member of the University Fulbright Evaluation Committee. He was also Director of the Master of Liberal Arts Program from 1983 to 2000.
Presenting scholarly presentations in France, Turkey, Canada, Sweden, Denmark and all over the United States, Professor Beards shared his knowledge of Thomas Hardy and D. H. Lawrence—the subjects of his dissertation—with the same enthusiasm as that of children’s literature, British game laws, Quaker Abolitionist, Henry Giroux’s ideology, New Orleans cuisine, jazz, and Creole culture, and the photo as art or as history.
This web page is a tribute to Richard D. Beards and all of his Scholarly Achievements.