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Francis Monroe Kercheville


Francis Monroe Kercheville, American educator. Recipient International Sertoma award for citizenship, 1955, state silver citation annual award for Americanism, 1955; Army Civilian Service citation in field of education, 1962.


Kercheville, Francis Monroe was born on February 18, 1901 in Pearsall, Texas, United States. Son of Richard and Laura (Long) Kercheville.


Bachelor of Arts, Abilene Christian College, 1924. Master of Arts, University Wisconsin, 1927, graduate fellow, 1929, Doctor of Philosophy., 1930. Post graduate study or special research National U. Mexico, 1924, Sorbonne, U. Paris, 1926, U. Madrid, 1935, U. Chile (Institute International Education fellow), 1941.


Teaching assistant University of Wisconsin, 1924. Associate professor, acting head department Spanish, U. South Dakot, 1930. Became professor modern langs., head Department, University New Mexico, 1931.

Visiting professor U. Guadalajara (Mexico), 1955, 58, 61. Official consultant Spanish, New Mexico Department Education, 1955-1964. Professor, department head foreign langs.

Texas College of Arts and Industries, Kingsville, Texas, 1964-1969, adviser, coordinator Inter-American Studies, 1966. Educational director foreign travel New Mexico Ednl. Association, Department Education, 1956-1958.

Director Committee Subversive Research, 1955-1956.


  • Author, co-author or co-editor of books relating to field, 1934-1969. Author of poetry volunteer: The White Thorn, 1966. Editor, chief consultant Joint Publs.

    Americanism series, joint committee American Legion-New Mexico Education Association, 1955. Editor: Practical Spoken Spanish, 25th anniversary review edit. 1959-1960

  • also syndicated newspaper series Dialogues of Don Placido, 1960-1961.


  • writer in fields of interest.


Member organization committee Institute do Literatura Ibero-Americano, 1947-1949. Served as captain, Military Intelligence, United States Army, World World War World War II. Member Army Advisory Committee, 1945-1969.

Member International Council of Inter-American Studies, New Mexico Art League (past president), American Association Teachers Spanish and Portuguese (past national president), Modern Language Association American, Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (co-founder, co-president 1947), American Association University Professors, American Legion, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Sigma Iota. Mason (32 degree, Knights Templar, Shriner).


Married Christina Johnson, August 25, 1927.

Richard Kercheville

Laura (Long) Kercheville

Christina Johnson