Winston Weathers (1926-2007)

from the Tulsa World, July 12, 2007

Winston Weathers, a retired University of Tulsa English professor and author, died July 5. He was 80.

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Weathers Memorial


A campus memorial service was held September 7, 2007.

Listen to the Memorial Service.

Weathers was born Dec. 25, 1926, in Pawhuska, and his family later moved to Bartlesville, where he attended school.

He received his bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as a Ph.D., from the University of Oklahoma. He did additional graduate work at Middlebury College in Vermont.

Weathers taught English as a graduate assistant at OU and then was an English instructor at Cottey College in Nevada, Mo., in 1953.

He had worked in radio both as an announcer and as a writer in the Public Relations Department of Phillips Petroleum Co., and as an editorial assistant with the University of Oklahoma Press and the University of Chicago Press.

He joined the TU faculty, teaching creative writing, in the mid-1950s. During his tenure, he was instrumental in creating Nimrod, the campus literary and art magazine, to which he was an adviser.

In the early 1980s, Weathers developed and copyrighted computer software called Quintilian Analysis, which he used to analyze literary essays for style.

He was named a 1984-85 Distinguished Teacher by the TU Academic Council of the University Senate.

Beyond his work in the classroom, Weathers was prolific in publishing writing texts, short stories, plays, poems and essays. He also was a literary agent and was in demand as a speaker.

Joseph Kestner, a friend and colleague at TU, said Weathers had a vast command of literature and art and was a specialist in classical languages, rhetoric and William Blake.

Weathers took seriously his obligation to his students.

In a 1970 issue of TU's alumni magazine, he wrote that teachers are "obligated to sweat for the truth 24 hours a day and 365 days a year" and should take a vow of duty and service toward their students.

Kestner called Weathers "a professor's professor." "I learned what it means to be a professor from him," he said.

Weathers is survived by a sister, Inalea Weathers of Tulsa.