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Dorr, Ronald

Professor Emeritus

Case Hall
842 Chestnut Rd Room S322
East Lansing, MI 48825


Ph.D., University of Minnesota; American Studies
Professor Emeritus

Professor Dorr has taught English, American literature and U.S. history in Bogota, Colombia, American Studies in the Women's Continuing Education Program at the University of Minnesota, and freshman writing in the Department of Rhetoric at Minnesota. His intellectual interests include Abraham Lincoln, autobiographical and biographical writing, literature, religion, and death, grief, and renewal. His essay on Lincoln's letters of condolence won the Midwest Heritage Prize in 1994.

He has kept a journal for forty years; he also writes poems and book reviews. He is a recipient of an M.S.U. Teacher-Scholar Award in 1977, an M.S.U. Outstanding Faculty Award in 1988, a State of Michigan Excellence in Teaching Award in 1990, and the Mid-Michigan Alumni Club Association Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 1993. His wife is Barbara, a teacher at Lansing Community College, and their children are Benjamin, Elizabeth, and Jacob.

Click here to view Ron Dorr Retirement Videos, Pictures and Endowment.


Professor Ron Dorr's 30-year career with James Madison College and his retirement were celebrated with several events in November 2003. To see photos and video clips from the reception and dinner go here. You can read more about Professor Dorr, including Dean Garnett's letter, in the Spring 2004 issue of the JMC Scene.