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William Going

William Going, Emeritus Professor Of English and First Dean Of Instruction, SIUE

William Thornbury Going, who was hired as the first full professor of English at the old Alton Residence Center in 1957 and the next year appointed the first dean of Instruction and Academic Affairs, died September 7, 2008. at Anderson Hospital in Maryville. He was 93. Although some would later refer to Going as the first Provost at SIUE, he would demure, saying he and the faculty developed the curriculum in those early days of the fledging University but, there's no question Going was a significant force in the evolution of SIUE, including teaching literature after stepping down from his administrative duties in 1965. He retired in 1980 as emeritus professor of English Language and Literature in what was then known as the School of Humanities. The quiet educator from Birmingham, Ala., began his career at Duke University, where he served as a Scholar Fellow from 1936-38. During summer 1938, Going was appointed an assistant professor at Howard College in Birmingham; he also taught in that city's West End High School during 1938-39. He accepted a position in 1939 as an associate professor of English at the University of Alabama and continued there until coming to SIUE.

Going Honors College of Arts and Sciences Faculty

William Going created the College of Arts and Sciences' first endowed professorship - a true tribute to the profession he loved. An avid learner, a consummate professional and one of the University's founding faculty, Dr. Going worked over the last decade with two Deans of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and CAS Director of Development Marilyn Marsho, to create the William and Margaret Going Endowed Professor Award. The award was named for the Dr. Going and his late wife.

"He wanted something that would entice faculty to remain committed to their career in higher education and to remain committed to SIUE," said then Dean M. Kent Neely about Dr. Going's generous gift.

The award provides one CAS faculty member with up to $10,000 for a year to further research initiatives. The endowed professorship was the first for the College of Arts and Sciences. It was announced in fiscal year 2006 to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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