From Finance to English Literature: Meet Jack Carney

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 School.

"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 master's program.



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