From Finance to English Literature: Meet Braniff Graduate Student Jack Carney
A graduate degree program that began when a note in the Church of the Incarnation
bulletin about a Sacred Art & Architecture course piqued Jack Carney's interest has
bloomed into a love of English literature. Carney (at right), who will graduate this
Sunday, is not, however, your typical liberal arts graduate student. He has been taking
classes part-time since before he retired from his career in industrial finance with
Occidental Chemical Corporation, a Dallas-based chemical manufacturing company, and
now, at 74, will receive his master's of humanities degree from the Braniff Graduate
"One thing just led to another and before I knew it, I was enrolled in the master's
of humanities program at UD," said Carney.
Carney, whose first class at UD was Emeritus Professor of Art Lyle Novinski's Sacred
Art & Architecture, was particularly interested in studying Shakespeare. This interest
has led him to a wider appreciation of English writers, including Nathaniel Hawthorne
and Henry James. He also enjoyed the wide variety of literature, history, philosophy,
art and music that he studied in the humanities core world courses, which focus on
particular time periods, for example classical antiquity or the Renaissance.
"I got so much more out of these courses than I would have from sitting down and reading
these books on my own," said Carney. "My Henry James course with Dr. [David] Davies
this spring was like a ray of sunshine."
Carney, however, is not done with his studies. He hopes to continue on in the English