President Robert N. Montgomery recently announced that Dr. Lorin
E. Bixler is retiring at the close of the 1961 Summer Session. Dr.
Bixler came to Muskingum in September, 1929, from Ohio State
University, where he was studying toward the Ph.D. degree,
specializing in elementary teacher education. He received the
degree in 1932 and was promoted to the rank of professor that year
including the chairmanship of elementary teacher education. He was
appointed head of the department of education in 1948.
Lorin E. Bixler’s education began in a one-room rural
school, Stark County, Ohio, where he shared the time and attention
of one teacher with forty-one other beginners. He enjoyed school
from the very first, even though he walked the four-mile round trip
each day. He soon found that reading is the key to most recorded
After receiving the Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Union
College in 1921, he taught in the Canton Junior High School and in
the Boardman High School. The Master of Arts degree was conferred
by Columbia University in 1923
Full account of Mr. Bixler’s life can be found in the Alumni
Edition, May 1961, Muskingum College Bulletin.