John O West

John O. West Bio: John Oliver West, born in El Paso, Texas, January 1, 1925, drew his last, labored breath on March 14, 2010. He got his B.A. from Mississippi College, MA from Texas Tech, and PhD from UT Austin. He taught English and Folklore at UTEP for 39 years and retired as Professor Emeritus of English in 2002, the same year he was made a Fellow of the Texas Folklore Society. His publications include Mexican American Folklore, Cowboy Folk Humor, the Introduction to Riders Across the Centuries, and Jose Cisneros: An Artist's Journey. Several of his books received BRLA Southwest Book Awards. The Galloping Gourmet received a finalist Spur Award from Western Writers of America in 1985. He was inducted into the El Paso Herald-Post Writer's Hall of Fame in 1995.