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Ralph Brownell Dennis received a diploma from Northwestern University’s School of Oratory in 1897 and a Bachelor of Letters degree from the University’s College of Liberal Arts in 1901. He became a member of the School of Oratory faculty, its Associate Director in 1913, its Director in 1916, and Dean of the School in 1919, serving until his retirement in 1942. Dennis worked to expand and modernize the School of Oratory (later the School of Speech) during his tenure. The Ralph B. Dennis...
Winifred Louise Ward began her studies as an undergraduate student at Northwestern University's Cumnock School of Oratory. After two years of directing plays and declamation contests, and teaching grade school she attended the University of Chicago. She received her Ph.D. in education in 1918. Soon after, Ward was asked to teach at Northwestern University's School of Oratory and that year began as an instructor and assistant professor, a career which was to last until her retirement in 1950....