Education: The Friendly Professor

Taken at face value, John Owen Beaty, professor of English at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, would seem to be a, most sedate sort of scholar. An affable, ruddy-faced man with a Ph.D. (Columbia, 1921), he has been a member of S.M.U.'s English department for 34 years, served as its head for 13. But of all the professors the university has ever had, none has proved more embarrassing than friendly Dr. Beaty.

At 63, John Beaty has developed some strong opinions and theories about the U.S., and he has never been one to refrain from...

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