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Larry Nelson
Nelson to deliver fifth-annual Moran address, March 24

FLORENCE, S.C. – Recently retired Francis Marion University History Professor Larry Nelson will deliver the fifth-annual William C. Moran address at FMU, Thursday, March 24.  

The program will begin at 4 p.m. in the Cauthen Educational Media Center’s Lowrimore Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public. A reception will be held in The Cottage following the program.  

Nelson’s address is titled “There is Life After Retirement.” 

He retired from Francis Marion University in 2009 as A. R. Avent Professor of History, Chair of the Department of History and the J. Lorin Mason Distinguished Professor.  

A 1967 graduate of Brigham Young University and the University of Utah, Nelson began his professional career as a high school teacher in Ogden, Utah, teaching courses in English and history. Upon completing his Ph.D. at Duke University, Nelson accepted a position at FMU to teach courses in both American and European history. In particular, Nelson has taught U.S. History to 1865, U.S. History Since 1865, Honors U.S. History to 1865, The American West, History of the U.S. in World Affairs, Reform Movements in American History, Emergence of Modern America, 1865–1898, Historiography, and a graduate-level course, Reconstruction after the Civil War.  

Throughout Nelson’s career, he maintained a strong commitment to public schools. After coming to FMU, he was a member of the Teacher Education Advisory Committee for 25 years. At the request of the S.C. Department of Education, he was a member of several site-visitation teams that reviewed teacher education programs in universities throughout the state. 

Nelson engaged in considerable service to the community. He was a gubernatorial appointee to the S.C. Humanities Council. He served as a member of the Pee Dee Heritage Center’s Board of Directors, and the Vice President of the Pee Dee Heritage Center. He gives lectures and presentations to local community groups such as the Pee Dee Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Florence Rotary Club, and the Marion County Historical Society.  

His publications include, but are not limited to, “Sherman’s March through the upper Pee Dee Region of South Carolina,” The Pee Dee River,” “Black Leaders and the Presidential Election of 1864,” and “Utah Goes Dry.” Nelson’s current principal research involves his study of ordinary South Carolina farmers’ reactions to the boll weevil, and their efforts to cope with the insect. 

Nelson lives in Florence with his wife, JaLene; they have two sons and seven grandchildren. 

The Moran Address is delivered by a retiring or retired FMU professor. Previous speakers were History Professor Lorraine de Montluzin, Mathematics Professor Bucky Allen, English Professor Mary McNulty and Biology Professor Julia Krebs.  The event honors the service to this state and university of Dr. William C. Moran, who was FMU’s vice president of Academic Affairs from 1978-1992, after which he served as President of Lander University.    

Moran began his career as a teacher of high school Latin and English in Baltimore, Md. After earning a doctorate in English at the University of Tennessee in 1965, he taught at Southeast Missouri State University and then at Berry College, where he also chaired the department of English and was named Faculty Member of the Year and Charles A. Dana Distinguished Professor. In 1971, he acceded to academic dean at Berry, and from 1975-1978 was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Winthrop University.     

During his extraordinary career, Moran chaired or served on numerous civic, educational and charitable committees affiliated with, for instance, the United Way, the Boy Scouts of America, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, the Peach Belt Athletic Conference, the South Carolina Association of State Colleges and Universities, and Kiwanis International.  

Upon his retirement from Lander in 2000, Moran was awarded the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest civilian honor, and accepted a post as Special Assistant to the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the United Arab Emirates.   In 2008, in recognition of his many contributions to South Carolina’s cultural and intellectual vitality, he received the Governor’s Award in the Humanities. He died in 2009 and is survived by, among others, his wife, Margaret and their son Thomas, and is remembered fondly by his many colleagues.  

For more information about the Moran Address, contact FMU English Professor Jon Tuttle at 843. 661.1521.


Last Published: March 7, 2011 4:07 PM
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