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Remembering Dr. Howard C. Dorgan

Dr. C. Howard Dorgan passed away Thursday, July 5 in his home in Boone, North Carolina.


Born in Ruston, Louisiana, Dr. Dorgan received a B.A.degree in speech and theater (the University of Texas-El Paso), a M.F.A.degree in theater (the University of Texas-Austin), and a Ph.D. in speech communication (Louisiana State University). He joined the Appalachian State University (ASU) faculty in 1971, remaining with the Department of Communication until his retirement in 2000.


During his time at ASU, he studied Southern rhetoric, later pursuing research in Appalachian religious studies. A prolific writer and esteemed scholar, Dr. Dorgan authored fifty journal articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries. His thoughtful writings about Central Appalachian Baptist communities resulted in numerous books and awards, including the 1993 Thomas Wolfe Literary Award for his book "Airwaves of Zion." A beloved teacher and respected faculty member, he received the 1993 College of Fine and Applied Arts Outstanding Faculty Award.


Dr. Dorgan also served as president of Appalachian Studies Association, president of Southern States Communication Association, and editor of "Southern Communication Journal."


He is survived by his wife, Kathleen, retired teacher, and his children, Shawn and Kelly.


In lieu of flowers, please send donations to:


Appalachian Studies Association

c/o Mary Thomas

Appalachian Studies Association

One John Marshall Dr.

Huntington, West Virginia 25755


**On memo line please write: For Howard Dorgan Silent Auction Scholarship Fund

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