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Ruth Doyle

Ruth Doyle

            Society is becoming more globalized, and with it comes the need for greater understanding of different cultures and languages. During the 26 years she served Central, Dr. Ruth Doyle, professor emeriti of modern languages, contributed to meeting this important need.

            Dr. Doyle joined Central’s Department of Modern Languages in 1976 after having taught at Elon College and the University of Charleston. She received her Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts and doctoral degrees in romance languages and literatures from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She undertook additional study at the University of Havana.

            While at Central, Dr. Doyle taught all levels of French, Elementary Spanish and Elementary Italian. She also demonstrated leadership skills, serving as department chair from 1983 to 1988 and acting chair of the department, 2001-2002.

            Dr. Doyle has been active in professional organizations such as the American Association of Teachers of French, the American Association of University Professors, and the Foreign Language Association of Missouri. She has presented papers, organized conferences and served on executive boards. She also published her updated doctoral dissertation on Victor Hugo’s theatre in 1982.

            Travel and new adventures now await her in retirement.