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Department of Languages and Literatures mourns passing of former head Dr. Perry Gethner

Oklahoma State University’s Department of Language and Literatures lost a beloved member of its faculty this week with the passing of recently retired French professor and former department head Dr. Perry Gethner on Tuesday, Nov. 14. A graduate of Carlton College and Yale University, Gethner came to OSU as an assistant professor in 1984. He rose through the ranks, serving as the department of head of Languages and Literatures from 1999 to 2015 and retiring this year as Regents Professor of Foreign Language after 39 years at OSU.
Dr. Perry Gethner, 2022
OSU first school in state with bachelor’s degree in American Sign Language

Mon, Nov 08, 2021

This fall, OSU received approval to make its American Sign Language (ASL) major into a bachelor’s degree program, which is crucial for students who want to learn interpreting and also teach ASL nationwide. ASL was previously only offered as a minor.

College of Arts and SciencesAmerican Sign LanguageDepartment of Language and Literatures
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