“If I had been called upon a year ago, when I was only 95, to address you this afternoon, I would, no doubt, have spoken of the importance of liberal arts education for the preservation of civilization. But now I will only tell you, ‘be sure you have memorized a few poems to keep you company through whatever lies ahead.'”Louise Cowan
Louise and her husband Donald Cowan joined the University of Dallas in 1959 as chair of the English and physics departments respectively. In the English Department, and later as dean of the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts, Cowan played a major role in devising a curricula of classic texts that comprise both the Literary Traditions sequence in the Core Curriculum for undergraduates and the Institute of Philosophical Studies for doctoral students.