ORA A. BENNETT
Ora A. Bennett, retired assistant professor of speech
communication, died January 9, 1989. She was 77.
Professor Bennett was born on April 10, 1911, in Lead,
South Dakota. She earned her bachelor's degree in 1932 from Dakota Wesleyan
University. She received her master's degree in 1941 from Northwestern
University. During World War II, she served for over two years as a
member of the Women's Army Corps, spending18 months in the Southwest
Pacific. She taught high school for ten years in various schools in
South Dakota, Illinois, and Pennsylvania, as well as in Texas.
A specialist in speech education and organizational
communication, Professor Bennett was the author of Facilities for
the Correction of Speech and Hearing Disorders in Texas. After joining
the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 1947, she taught
Business and Professional Speaking until 1977, when she retired. Professor
Bennett also offered classes for Saudi Arabians and Vietnamese teachers
and for 17 years oversaw the University Interscholastic League's prose
reading state final competitions.
Professor Bennett participated in several professional
organizations, among them the Speech Communication Association, Southern
SCA, and the Texas Association of College Teachers.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo
Acosta and posted on the Faculty Council web site on November
17, 2000. Additional biographical sources can be found in the
Barker Texas History Center and the UT Office of Public Affairs