Former publisher to give lecture at WMC
Reg Murphy, executive vice president of the National Geographic Society since 1993, will present the fifth annual William and Edith Farr Ridington Lecture at 8 p.m. Sept. 28 in McDaniel Lounge at Western Maryland College.
The lecture is free to the public. Mr. Murphy's lecture is calle"As the World Shrinks . . . In Human Geography."
The Georgia native attended Mercer University and has also studied at Harvard as a Nieman Fellow. He has received honorary doctorates from his alma mater and from Utah State University, the University of Maryland Baltimore County and Towson State University.
Mr. Murphy's career began in 1955 in Georgia with the Macon Telegraph and News, where he was a sports reporter and later the Atlanta bureau chief. He then became the political reporter and editor of the Atlanta Constitution before becoming editor and publisher of the San Francisco Examiner. He was named publisher of The Sun in 1981, a position he held for more than a decade.
Mr. Murphy is also president of the United States Golf Association, where he chairs a committee that planned the current centennial celebration of the USGA.
William and Edith Ridington contributed to the Western Maryland community in a number of ways during their nearly 60 combined years of teaching at the Westminster campus.
In 1938, Dr. Ridington joined the Western Maryland faculty, where during the next 35 years he was faculty secretary and administered the college's testing program for many years.
Through the late 1950s and into the mid-1960s, he directed a summer Latin workshop that attracted students from across the nation. He was responsible for founding the Westminster Cooperative Association and was an active participant in the successful drive in the early 1960s to integrate Carroll County's public accommodations. He died in 1990.
Edith Farr Ridington spent much of her adult life in groundbreaking educational endeavors. In 1957, she began her 20-year career as an adjunct instructor in the classics and English departments at Western Maryland. In 1980, she was named a charter member of Western Maryland's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, which she was instrumental in establishing. Mrs. Ridington died in 1991.
In addition to the lecture, the college has created the Edith Farr Ridington Phi Beta Kappa Writing Award, given annually to a graduating senior who writes the best original research paper.
Additional information about the William and Edith Ridington Lecture may be obtained by calling Virginia Story, Department of English, at 857-2420.
Anyone wishing to request special services such as sign interpreting is asked to call Lynda Casserly at WMC, 857-2518, at least two weeks before the lecture.