Frank B. Carothers, Jr.
Frank B. Carothers, Jr. was a professor of English at Loyola University from 1947 to 1987. Professor Carothers earned a B.A. from San Francisco State College in 1938 and an M.A. from the University of Oregon in 1940. After serving in World War II, he moved to Los Angeles and earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Southern California. A member of the often heralded "post-war faculty," he began his career when the English Department was housed in Quonset huts south of St. Robert’s Hall due to the growth in campus population after the passage of the G.I. Bill. Early in his career, Professor Carothers also taught classes at Marymount College's Westwood campus. Professor Carothers served as chair of the English Department from 1960 to 1984 and worked to facilitate the merging of the Loyola and Marymount English faculties during the LMU merger. Additionally, he briefly served as acting dean of the College of Liberal Arts. During time on the faculty, Professor Carothers was voted “Best Teacher” and “Outstanding Faculty Member” several times.
Professor Carothers embodied the University's commitment to the education of the whole person throughout his career at the University and developed a reputation as an outstanding mentor of students and colleagues. For more than 20 years he served as moderator of the English Society and helped a group of students estbalish the student literary journal El Playano (now LA Miscellany). As moderator of the Del Rey Players prior to the LMU merger and the establishment of Marymount's Theatre Arts Department at LMU, Professor Carothers worked with future silver screen stars Duane Hickman and Bob Denver during their time at Loyola. Additionally, he was the faculty adviser to Alpha Delta Gamma fraternity for many years. The long time moderator of the University's radio station, KXLU, Professor Carothers continued to work with LMU students even afer his retirement in 1987 and remained adviser to The Loyolan until 1995. Professor Carothers passed away in 2008.