Sunday, January 31, 2010

B.F. Oswald - Author and Renaissance Man

I recently had the pleasure of meeting author and Renaissance man B.F. Oswald -- and am looking forward to reading
Echoes of Ellen, his novel-in-stories and a 2007 National Book Award nominee.

Why am I now urging him to write his memoirs? From the Author's Biography page of his website, here's a view into his fascinating life:

bf oswald was born in 1934 in Lakewood, Ohio and lived in Bay Village, Ohio until he left home at age sixteen. He completed his high school education at Randolph Macon Academy, Front Royal, VA; earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Allegheny College, Meadville, PA, and a Masters in Counseling, starting his graduate work at Oberlin College and completing it at METHESCO, Delaware. Ohio.

During his adult life he served as a drill instructor in the U.S. Air Force, worked as a life guard at the Hotel Biloxi MacArthur, a short order cook in Meadville, a printer’s devil in Philadelphia, and as a federal investigator working out of Baltimore. He relocated to his birth state and in various communities around North Central, Ohio was a high school teacher, minister, dairyman, contractor, and practiced as a psychotherapist - hypnotherapist, finally accepting an Associate Professorship at North Central Technical College, Mansfield, Ohio where he taught for twenty-seven years and was awarded the honor of becoming the second Emeritus Professor in the college's history.

During his teaching career he taught twenty-three different courses that covered all aspects of human development and behavior from conception through dying and death, and created eighteen of those courses especially for the nursing, radiology, human services, and behavioral science curriculums. He also authored two textbooks, one on human sexuality, the other on aging, both published by the college; and contributed poetry, essays, and short fiction to the college literary journals...

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