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Walter Henry Beale III, Professor Emeritus, died November 12.

Dr. Beale came to UNCG in 1971 to teach in the Department of English. He served as chair of the department from 1988-90, and the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences 1990-2003 before returning to the Department of English, teaching until his retirement after 45 years at the University.

His research interests were at the intersection of linguistics, rhetoric, and the theory of discourse and his books included “Learning from Language: Symmetry, Asymmetry, and Literary Humanism,” “Real Writing,” and “A Pragmatic Theory of Rhetoric.”

In addition to his teaching and scholarship, Walter was devoted to his friends. He and his wife, Lollie, hosted monthly meetings of the Tate Street Thespians, a drama reading club. For forty years, he was an enthusiastic member of a poker group consisting of UNCG professors.

Colleagues recall his love for and commitment to the liberal arts and to writing, and offered the following remembrances:

“Walter Beale had an illustrious career at UNCG as an award-winning teacher, groundbreaking scholar, and distinguished administrator. His leadership as Dean, from 1990 to 2003, contributed mightily to the greatness of UNCG during those years.”

-Professor Emeritus Keith Cushman

“My friend Walter Beale, an excellent scholar in the field of rhetoric, had a profound effect on decades of UNCG students.  Within the English Department he created a Ph. D. specialization in Rhetoric and Composition, which has attracted dozens of graduate students. In the College of Arts and Sciences he introduced Writing across the Curriculum and began the Writing Center, which has served thousands of undergraduates.”

-Professor Emeritus James Evans

Beale was included in the UNCG Oral History Interview Series.

Memorials to Beale may be made to the Walter H. Beale Scholarship at UNCG.

A memorial service was held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at First Baptist Church in Greensboro.

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