Doctor of Humane Letters 1988
Laurence Perrine has a national and international reputation as teacher and scholar. He has served Southern Methodist University and the greater community of scholars in an exemplary fashion. After receiving his B.A. and M.A. from Oberlin College and his Ph.D. from Yale, Perrine began his distinguished career at SMU in 1946 as an instructor in the English Department. He advanced through the ranks, serving as chair of the department and holder successively of the E. A. Lilly and the Daisy Deane Frensley Professorships in English. He was one of the founders of SMU's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and one of the shapers of the SMU undergraduate experience through his work on the Faculty Planning Committee for the Master Plan. In 1980, he retired from teaching and became Frensley Professor Emeritus. He has served as the director of the National Council of Teachers of English and as president and vice president of both the Texas Conference of Teachers of English and the South Central Modern Language Association. He has published more than 100 articles and books, and delivered innumerable papers and addresses, notable for their wit and insight.