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George Connor
Professor Emeritus
B.A., University of Chattanooga (1947); M.A., Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College

Following service in the U.S. Army in World War II, a tour that included the Battle of the Bulge,George Coleman Connor graduated from the University of Chattanooga in 1947. He later earned a Master Degree in English at Breadloaf. He taught high school English before becoming the Executive Director of the newly formed Adult Education Council. Subsequently, he joined the University of Chattanooga in 1959. He was head of the English Department from 1963-69 and executive assistant to the Chancellor from 1967-70. Mr. Connor's eloquence, wit and mastery of his subject made him a teacher of enormous popularity. His exemplary life of duty, kindness and generosity made him a mentor of immense influence.

In 1963 the UC senior class presented him with the Ivy Award, the highest honor given by the graduating class, and in 1969 the University yearbook was dedicated in his honor. Ten years later Mr. Connor was named Guerry Professor of English, the most prestigious honor the University bestows upon a faculty member. In 1983 he received the National UT Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award. Dedicated to civic duties, Mr. Connor taught literature, the Bible and religion courses at his parish, Senior Neighbors and the Chattanooga Bible Institute. He served on the Executive Council of Friends of the Bicentinnial Library and on the Board of Directors of the Public Education Foundation. He co-edited the popular text Discovering Modern Poetry (Holt, Rinehart and Winston).

When he retired from UTC in 1985, the George Connor Professorship in American Literature was established in recognition of his 26 years of service.