Professor Garrett was a most respected professor at the College.
He was especially knowledgeable in French History and the history of protestant
sects in early modern Europe; he published numerous well received books
and articles on the latter topic. He was a recipient of the prestigious
Lindback Award for distinguished teaching and in March, 1997, Professor
Daniel K. Richter mentioned in a testimonial letter that Garrett "always
stood for a kind of hands on learning of history." Garrett graduated from
Carleton College in 1956 and then went on the receive his M.A. and Ph.D.
from the University of Wisconsin. He was an instructor of history
at the University of Wisconsin in 1960 while achieving his degrees.
In 1961, he went on to teach at Wake Forest University until coming
to Dickinson in 1965. In all, Professor Garrett taught at Dickinson
for thirty-two years, retiring in 1997. His wife Margaret,
served in the English Department and as an assistant dean at Dickinson.
They had three children - Amy, Susan, and Margaret Julia.
Though the faces are mostly different, the History Program at Dickinson College in 1974 was not so different from today. The main goals that the department hoped to teach the students was to inform the student interested in the human past, to acquaint him or her with the leading interpretations of his or her heritage, to encourage the comprehension and use of historical prospective, and introduce all students to the methodology and technologies of historical analysis. To complete the history major in 1974-1975 a student would need nine courses, including the Introduction to History, a seminar course that was either Historiography, a History Seminar, or a American or European Seminar. One could also follow independent study for this but it had to be approved by the department and be relevant in that it treated some aspect of methodology or philosophy. Lastly, the students had the option of taking an American emphasis or a European emphasis, studying in two courses in one emphasis and one in the other.