Homer D. Swander Jr.

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Homer D. Swander, Jr., 96, of Santa Barbara, CA passed away peacefully on February 15, 2018. Homer, perhaps best known by his nickname "Murph," moved his family to Santa Barbara in 1956 to accept a job teaching at UCSB. He taught in the English Department for 30+ years until university rules forced him to retire. He loved teaching and he loved Shakespeare and managed to continue both for many years after retirement. He touched many lives in his years in Santa Barbara through his teaching and his many projects and programs.

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pii Feb 26, 2018 08:36 AM
Homer D. Swander Jr.

Darn, I missed an opportunity back in the 60s. I did take a German Lit in translation. Wonderful class. Otherwise, I was a science guy. Too soon old, too late smart.

mtndriver Feb 26, 2018 08:29 AM
Homer D. Swander Jr.

Dr. Swander's Shakespeare class at UCSB in the late 60s changed my life. He was a great teacher, a bit of a showman. His interpretations of Shakespeare always insisted on a background of natural law, of a morality that transcended greed and hatred. To have made a positive difference in the minds of so many young people is a wonderful legacy.

qj8447 Feb 26, 2018 06:40 AM
Homer D. Swander Jr.

One of the best teachers I ever had and the best teacher of Shakespeare I've ever met. May he rest in peace.

yin yang Feb 25, 2018 10:58 PM
Homer D. Swander Jr.

Thank you Prof. Swander. You were a force in so many ways! I chatted with you walking your dog 3 decades and more after I met you at UCSB. I didn't take a class with you, but we spoke back then. So many knew of, liked and respected you! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dr./Mr. Swander & WW II https://boblane.com/2018/02/21/shakespeare-and-swander/ ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- from same site: https://boblane.com/tag/homer-swander/

Artemisia Feb 25, 2018 06:39 PM
Homer D. Swander Jr.

Dr. Swander was an excellent teacher who made everything so interesting, even for undergrads who were just taking it to meet requirements. His English class was one of the best courses I had at UCSB in the late 60s.

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