Bob Baynard McFarland, M.A.



Dr. Richard D. Howe, “Bob Baynard McFarland, M.A.,” Appalachian State University Libraries Digital Collections, accessed May 23, 2024,

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Bob Baynard McFarland, M.A.


Appalachian State University
Universities and colleges--Faculty


Dr. Richard D. Howe




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Boone (N.C.)

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Professor Emeritus

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Professor Emeritus of Curriculum and Instruction Bob Baynard McFarland (May 10, 1931-) was born in Forest City, North Carolina. He graduated from Appalachian State Teachers' College (now Appalachian State University) with a B.S. degree in English and physical education in 1951. McFarland taught his first course at Appalachian State in 1952-53 and returned to the university in 1957 after serving in the United States Army. McFarland earned his M.A. degree in English and secondary education in 1957 and studied audio-visual production at Indiana University in 1967. McFarland taught at Frank L. Ashley High School in Gastonia, North Carolina, from 1956 to 1960. He returned to Appalachian State in 1960, serving as an instructor and student-teaching supervisor in the College of Education. McFarland also taught at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, during the summer of 1963. When he retired from Appalachian State on July 1,1993, McFarland was a tenured full professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. He had also served in the College of Education for thirty-one years. McFarland is the last retiring Appalachian State professor to have either studied or served with the university's first four presidents and chancellors. McFarland lives in Boone, North Carolina. His son, Michael Benjamin, received his B.A. degree and M.A. degree from the School of Journalism at the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, where he now serves as the university's Director of Communications. Michael is married to Jennifer Elisabeth Bailkey of New Orleans, and the couple has two daughters, Elisabeth Katherine and Margaret Caroline. McFarland's daughter, Jill Elaine, earned a B.M.Ed, degree and an M.A. degree in counseling from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and she is now Director of Professional Development for the American School Counselor Association in Alexandria, Virginia. She is married to John Glenn Cook 111, of Texas City, Texas, and they have four children: Katharine Alexander, twins Emma Elaine and Benjamin Tyler, and stepson, Nicholas Anthony. McFarland received his appointment to emeritus status in September of 1993. Sources: Appalachian State University files and long association. -Dr. Richard D. Howe

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