Dr. H.M. "Jim" Lafferty Collection
1.5 Linear Feet
JimLafferty was born in Pilot Point, Texas on September 9, 1911 to Harry Alford Lafferty and Annie F. Mize of Kentucky. He had distinguished careers as a student, professor, and naval reservist. In 1932, he graduated from East Texas State Teachers College with a bachelor of arts degree in history and chemistry. From there, he continued his education graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a master of arts degree in education administration in 1934, and once more from the University of Texas at Austin with a doctorate of philosophy in 1936. After receiving his doctoral degree only two years after his master’s degree at the young age of 25, he became one of the youngest students in Texas history to graduate with a doctorate. In 1936, Dr. Lafferty served at ETSTC as a Visiting Professor. Then in 1937, he was promoted to Assistant Professor, Associate Professor in 1939, Professor in 1945, and Director of Organized Research in 1962. He also served as Chairman of the East Texas State University Athletic Council for 13 years. Throughout his early career, Dr. Lafferty worked at a number of other academic institutions. In 1936-1937, he was employed by the Schreiner’s Institute as Director of Personnel for the Department of Education. At both Oklahoma State University in 1948 and the University of Michigan in 1950 he taught as a visiting professor. In addition to visiting professorships, in 1951 he worked with the University of Texas at Austin as a Special Consultant for the Kellogg Project.
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