Nuttall, Dr. Anna Ruth


August 12, 1898 - April 2, 1952
Anna Ruth Nuttall was born on August 12, 1898, at Patterson, Louisiana. One of Centenary’s most respected and loved professors; she passed on to eternal life from Shreveport, Louisiana, on April 2, 1952. She was the daughter of Julia S. Nuttall of Shreveport and the late D. J. Nuttall.
Dr. Nuttall received her A. B. from Northwestern State College (Louisiana State Normal) in 1922, her M. A. from George Peabody College for Teachers in 1927, and her D. R. E. from Boston University in 1938. She held a Carnegie Foundation grant at Centenary College in 1948 and 1949.
She held pastorates in Louisiana Methodist churches from 1938-1948. During this period she served the following charges: Loranger, Pollock, and Bayou Blue. She was director of Christian education at the First Methodist Church, Texarkana, Arkansas, from 1948-1945. Dr. Nuttall was ordained an elder in 1935 and admitted into the Methodist Protestant Church as a minister in 1936.
Dr. Nuttall, assistant professor of English and Bible at Centenary College, came to Centenary in 1945. Prior to that she had been on the faculties of Westminister College, Boston University, Galloway’s Woman’s College and Northwestern State College. She was teacher of English, history and Latin in Louisiana high schools from 1917 to 1921. She was assistant professor of English and head of the department of penmanship at Northwestern State from 1921-1928; dean of the department of’ Bible and religious education at Galloway, 1928-1930; teacher of special classes in English and secretarial assistant to the dean of the school of religious education at Boston University, 1980-1931; director of Wesley Foundation, Mississippi State College for Women, 193 1-1932; head of the department of religious education, Westminister College (Texas), 1933-1936; secretarial assistant in a university dormitory, Boston University, 1936-1938.
A list of her publications includes: “Diagnosis for Attainments in English,” Normal Herald; “Christianity and Student Life,” Methodist Protestant-Recorder; “Activities in the Department of Religious Education at Westminister College (Texas)”, Methodist Protestant- Recorder; “Edward Eggleson’s Contribution,” Church School Journal; “Contributions of Alfred the Great to Religious Education,” International Journal of Religious Education, and “I Am a Woman Pastor,”’ World Outlook. Her poems have appeared in The Christian Advocate, International Journal of Religious Education, Methodist Protestant-Recorder, Boston Evening Transcript, New Orleans Christian Advocate, Arkansas Methodist and the following anthologies~ The Poetic Voice of America, Poets of America, Testament of Faith, The White Heron, The Muse of 1943 and The Spirit of America.
The following tribute was made to Dr. Nuttall by Dr. J. J. Mickle and Dean J. B. Wilson of Centenary College: “No professor at Centenary was more sincerely interested in students as individuals, not only in their intellectual progress, but also in their spiritual welfare.” Students of the Ministerial Club and other college groups which she sponsored included the following statement in memoriam to their teacher: “Dr. Nuttall was an excellent teacher, both in the classroom and without. She was concerned with the spiritual as well as the intellectual welfare of her students. Her office, home and heart were ever open to any student or faculty member who sought knowledge, help, or understanding. But one thing more, she made us come to know her personal Savior—a Savior who has love and power adequate for the making of a Heaven.”
Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 165-166, 1952 by Jimmy J. Caraway

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