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Retired journalism Professor Jere Hoar to be honored with reception April 5

March 13, 2002

By Patsy R. Brumfeld
University of Mississippi News Services

OXFORD, Miss. — Donors to an honorary scholarship fund and other friends of retired University of Mississippi journalism professor Dr. Jere Hoar are invited to an April 5 reception on the University of Mississippi-Oxford campus.

“Jere has meant a great deal to our program and to his students — it is only fitting that we recognize him,” said journalism department chair Dr. Stuart J. Bullion.

The event honoring Hoar begins at 5:30 p.m. in Brandt-Memory House on University Avenue. Held during the university’s Red-Blue Weekend, the reception immediately follows the annual Journalism Awards Day program in Farley Hall. Hoar is the program’s featured guest speaker.

“Dr. Hoar has all the attributes of a good, tough editor, and he made us appreciate the importance of sound reporting and lucid writing. He impressed on us his unswerving dedication to truth and ethics,” wrote Curtis Wilkie, a 1963 UM graduate, in a letter inviting donations to the Jere Hoar Scholarship fund. Wilkie, of New Orleans, is a book author and former international reporter for The Boston Globe and a visiting journalism professor this spring at UM-Oxford.

“There can be no greater honor for a teacher than for his former students to found a scholarship in his name, giving opportunity to students of the future,” Hoar said. “I’m touched and very pleased.”

According to University of Mississippi Foundation officials, the Hoar scholarship fund is among the University’s fastest growing endowments of its kind. Bullion attributes this response to the respect and admiration Hoar’s students have for him. “They are doing this out of gratitude for what Jere gave to journalism education, and because they want to support the department,” he said.

While no longer in the educational system, Hoar has by no means retired, as he is working on his second book — a thriller — and living on his small farm outside of Oxford where he raises, trains and hunts with English setter bird dogs, trains herding dogs and enters them in competition trials, and tends three Tennessee Walking horses and a flock of registered St. Croix sheep.

For details about the journalism events, contact the department at 662-915-7146. To contribute to the Hoar Scholarship fund, contact the University Foundation at 662-915-5944.

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