Kentucky Wesleyan to present annual Ellie Magnuson Lecture

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John Combs, Ph.D., will present the annual Ellie Magnuson Lecture in Literature and Science on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Rogers Hall at the Winchester Center at Kentucky Wesleyan College. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the presentation.

Dr. Combs is a native of Stafford, Okla., and holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas, an M.A. in English from Texas A & M, a B.D. in Theology from Southern Methodist University and a B.A. in Speech from Southwestern Oklahoma University.

A professor emeritus of English at Kentucky Wesleyan, he served 32 years as a full-time professor and 10 years as an adjunct and taught British Literature, British Survey courses and literature from 1600 to the present.

Dr. Combs and his wife, Vicki (Lyle) Combs ’76 (1954-2013), traveled the world and hosted student trips on literary tours of England. He was honored as the Outstanding Professor at Wesleyan in 1985 and was recognized with the President’s Award for Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership in 1992.

The Ellie Magnuson Lectures in Literature and Science honor the memory of Ellie Magnuson (1937-1989), a medical technologist with a passion for English literature, history and travel.

Kentucky Wesleyan College is a highly ranked United Methodist-related four-year institution in Owensboro, Ky. At Wesleyan, students enjoy one-to-one relationships with professors, a rigorous academic environment and vibrant campus life experience.