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Foreign language educator

James Ray Chatham, American foreign language educator. Decorated caballero de la Orden de Don Quixote, 1989; oficial de la Orden de Isabel la Católica, 1990 (Spain); Institute Intern Education fellow University Madrid, 1956-1957; National Defense Education Act fellow University Texas, 1962; research materials grantee National Endowment of the Humanities, 1980-1982.


Chatham, James Ray was born on November 11, 1931 in Caryville, Florida, United States. Son of Clifton Lee and Sadie (McMinn) Chatham.


Bachelor, Florida State University, 1953. Master of Arts, Florida State University, 1956. Doctor of Philosophy, Florida State University, 1960.

Postgraduate, University Madrid, Spain, 1957.


Associate professor, U. Alabama, 1963-1964;from instructor to associate professor, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, 1957-1963;professor foreign languages, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, since 1964;head department, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, 1964-1983;professor emeritus, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, since 1996. Co-founder Federacion Internacional de Asociaciones de Profesores de Español e Hispanistas, 1989-1990.


Served with Army of the United States, 1953-1955. Member Mississippi Modern Language Association (president 1968-1970), American Association Teachers Spanish and Portuguese (executive director 1984-1993, executive council since 1981), South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica (executive council 1984-1993), National Council for Languages and International Studies (board directors 1984-1993).


Married Nina McCoy, May 27, 1961. 1 child, Nina Stephanie.

Clifton Lee Chatham

Sadie (McMinn) Chatham

Nina McCoy

Nina Stephanie Chatham