Richard Edgar Zwez

   He was born of German, English, and Spanish Peninsular descent in Tela, Honduras, where he attended the American Schools of the United Fruit Company. He has a B.A. from the University of New Orleans where he was in the English Advanced Composition course, has an M.A. from Tulane University, and a Ph.D. in Romance Languages Philology from LSU.

   He taught forty-five years from the elementary through the university levels while teaching Special Education, Spanish, and French in several American cities. He was an educator in every possible situation with rich and poor students, separate male and female, and coed including teaching at a former women's college, Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, Virginia-Tennessee, and predominantly white or black students including those of the South Side of Chicago, "the saddest part of town," and also schools with mixed ethnic backgrounds. He first became known as "Doc" while serving in the Army as a medic while stationed outside of Fairbanks, Alaska, for eighteen months including two winters.

   He was also stationed at the historic Quadrangle at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. He later joined the Naval Reserve and served in supply. He's now retired from the Armed Forces. He presided numerous times over the Naval Enlisted Reserve Association, the Fleet Reserve Association, and the Navy Club. He was elected twice commander of the American Legion Post 38. For the Lions, he founded the Baton Rouge Metropolitan, Southeast, and South Baton Lions Clubs and was charter president of the latter two, for these club additions he received three International Extension Awards. He has also done significant service for the Rotary, the Shriners, and the Salvation Army. And he's also been active in various church organizations. He has published literary studies, poems, novellas, and novels dealing with science fiction, mystery, romance, military experiences, teaching situations, the environment, Louisiana life, and repeatedly displayed New Orleans people and the wonderful culture of the Big Easy--always with a preference for the funny side of life. As such he has explored the various facets of humor in the various genres.

   After retiring from teaching in West and East Baton Rouge high schools and being an adjunct professor at Baton Rouge Community College he continued teaching extension courses for Louisiana State University with emphasis on the development of humor in the various media.

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