DYER, JOHN PERCY, 1902-1975


Historian; university professor and administrator.  Born– June 24, 1902, New Albany, Miss. Parents– Walker Wadell and Clementine (Snipes) Dyer. Married– Frances Thaxton, 1925. Education– B.A., 1925; Peabody College, B.S., 1926; M.A., 1930; Vanderbilt University, Ph.D., 1932. Taught at Florence State College, 1926-1932; University of Georgia in Atlanta, 1934-1936; Armstrong State College, 1936-1939; account executive radio station WSAV, 1939-41; state executive, Office of Price Administration, 1941-45; general manager radio station WDAR, 1945-48;  Tulane University, professor of history and  dean of University College and director of the Center of Study Liberal Education for Adults, 1948-75. Member of the Civil War Roundtable, the Southern Historical Association and the Association of University Evening Colleges. New Orleans Cultural Center Commission President, 1960-61. John Percy Dyer Award at Tulane is awarded annually to a faculty member for distinguished service.  Died October 5, 1975.


Contemporary Authors online; Marquis who’s who online


“Fightin’ Joe” Wheeler. Baton Rouge, La.; Louisiana State University Press, 1941.

From Shiloh to San Juan. Baton Rouge, La.; Louisiana State University Press, 1961.

The Gallant Hood. Indianapolis, Ind.; Bobbs, 1950.

Ivory Towers in the Market Place. Indianapolis, Ind.; Bobbs, 1956.

Tulane; the Biography of a University. New York; Harper, 1966.


The Education of American Businessmen. New York; McGraw, 1959.


A collection of the papers of John Percy Dyer is held in the Special Collections Department of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library at Tulane University.