Fullerton College: A Pictorial History

This 1938 photo shows an English class being taught in the new Commerce Building. The instructor, Richard Warner Borst, is standing at the back of the classroom. A well-respected and much loved instructor, Borst taught English and creative writing at FJC for decades. Borst published grammar and composition books (A Diagram Review of Grammar, 1929, and Definition and Design, 1938), a collection of verse (The Human Cry, 1911), and a novel (Freshwater, 1954), a tale of a carpenter who moves to the small town of Freshwater. The novel’s jacket blurb describes the plot’s twists as “so bizarre that only a novelist thoroughly the master of his materials would dare present it.” R. W. Borst’s son, Philip West Borst, served as President of Fullerton College from 1977 until his retirement in 1994.
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