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After 31 years of crossing cultural barriers through teaching foreign languages, William D. Hauser has retired as professor emeritus of modern languages.
Hauser received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Minnesota and doctorate from the University of Kansas.
Hauser was appointed assistant professor of Spanish in 1966. He has since held the titles of university supervisor, teacher education representative, department head, associate professor and language laboratory director. Hauser initiated and established Central’s Foreign Language Day, founded the Alpha Mu Gamma chapter, and served as treasurer of the Foreign Language Association of Missouri.
He has traveled and studied around the world including Belgium, Central America, France, Mexico and Spain. Before coming to Central, Hauser was a Spanish instructor at the University of Kansas.
Hauser said he is proud to encourage others to learn a foreign language. He took great satisfaction from working with student teachers of foreign languages, public school teachers, and international students.
Hauser plans to continue studying, reading, traveling and pursuing volunteer work in his retirement.