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H09-1687.20. Ralph, George W. (1934-1997). Papers, 1964-1997. 0.25 linear ft. PARTIALLY RESTRICTED

 Collection
Identifier: H09-1687.20

Scope and Contents

The collection contains articles written by Ralph, biographical information on his life and career, a chapel talk he gave at Hope College in 1975, correspondence with colleagues and college staff, a published version of his 1985 play Whom Do You Seek: A Modern Version of the Medieval Easter Liturgical Dialogue Quem Quaeritis and a few of his poems. The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronological within each folder. His personnel file is RESTRICTED.

Dates

  • 1964 - 1997

Creator

Biography

George W. Ralph was born on April 12, 1934. After completing high school, he earned degrees from Stanford University (B.A. in history, 1957), Union Theological Seminary (B.D., 1960), attended the University of North Carolina for one semester in 1961, Northwestern University (M.A. in theatre, 1966) and Michigan State University (Ph.D. in theatre, 1981). During his graduate study years, he worked as a regional program manager for VISTA Associates (summer 1967) and as the founding Director of Drama Program of the Chicago City Missionary Society’s St. James Players (1961-1967).

In 1966, Ralph joined the faculty at Hope College as assistant professor of speech. He was promoted to assistant professor of theatre in 1968, associate professor of theatre in 1973 and professor of theatre in 1982. During that time, he also served as Dean for the Humanities and the Performing and Fine Arts from 1974-1975. He was awarded the Hope Outstanding Professorship Award (H.O.P.E. Award) in May 1971 by the senior class. He was awarded many times for his theatrical productions and poetry and served the college as a member of numerous committees. He was also instrumental in creating the theatre department at Hope College in 1968, serving as that department’s chairperson, and successfully establishing a new theatre in the newly built De Witt Center in 1971.

Ralph retired in May 1997, and passed away suddenly on May 13, 1997, at the age of 63 years.

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

George W. Ralph joined the faculty at Hope College as assistant professor of speech in 1966 and served for over thirty years as a professor of theatre, Dean for the Humanities and the Performing and Fine Arts, serving on many College committees, was instrumental in creating the theatre department at Hope College in 1968, serving as that department’s chairperson, and successfully establishing a new theatre in the newly built De Witt Center in 1971. He was awarded the Hope Outstanding Professorship Award (H.O.P.E. Award) in May 1971 by the senior class, and won many other awards for his theatrical productions and poetry.

The collection contains articles written by Ralph, biographical information on his life and career, a chapel talk he gave at Hope College in 1975, correspondence with colleagues and college staff, a published version of his 1985 play Whom Do You Seek: A Modern Version of the Medieval Easter Liturgical Dialogue Quem Quaeritis and a few of his poems. The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronological within each folder. His personnel file is RESTRICTED. Detailed Collection Register available.

Provenance

Public Relations Office

Status
Completed
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Joint Archives of Holland Repository

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