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A former Fulbright scholar, Larry Olpin has retired from Central after sharing his passion for the written word with hundreds of university students.
Dr. Olpin spent 30 years as a faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences. He joined the institutions in 1969, and developed a reputation as an excellent classroom teacher, as well as being one of the most active scholars in the Department of English and Philosophy. He served as chair of the department in the early 1980s, but returned to full-time teaching. During the 1995 fall semester, Dr. Olpin represented Central as the on-site director of the Missouri-London Program.
Dr. Olpin is one of a number of faculty in the Department of English and Philosophy who have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships to help increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of other countries. As a 1984 Fulbright scholar, he traveled to Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey, where he lectured on American literature.
His higher education began in Salt Lake City, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1964 and Master of Arts degree in 1966 at the University of Utah. The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, awarded him a doctorate in 1971.