READ, JOHN LLOYD (1898–1959). John Lloyd Read, teacher and author, was born at Blum, Texas, on November 16, 1898, the son of Robert McMurray and Elizabeth (Butchee) Read. He attended the Memphis, Texas, public schools, served briefly in World War I, then received a B.A. in 1922 and an M.A. in 1926, both from Baylor University. In 1938 he received a Ph.D. from Columbia University. His doctoral thesis, The Mexican Historical Novel, 1826–1910, reflected a lifelong interest in Latin-American culture; it was published by the Instituto de las Españas at Columbia in 1939. He married Mayme Barnes on December 26, 1922; they had no children. Read began his teaching career at Decatur Baptist College, and in 1926 he became director of the Department of Spanish at Southwest Texas State Teachers College. In 1946 he became chairman of the new division of foreign languages, a position he held until his death. He was also college registrar from 1950 to 1956 and for a time was director of the Inter-American House on campus. One of his chief interests was the improvement of opportunities for Latin-American students. He died on August 4, 1959, and was buried in San Marcos City Cemetery.

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