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John Clover's 1924 Ford Model T has been a fixture in Oxford for over 60 years. She was brought to Oxford ca. 1959 by Ken McDiffett, who acquired the car in 1952. While at Miami, McDiffett was Administrative Assistant to President Millett. McDiffett later became Associate Dean of Men and Professor of Education Leadership. In 2007, Dr. Clover assumed title to the car and named her Marybelle in honor of his mother's middle name.

George Beverley stands by John Clover's 1924 Model T car

George Beverley and John Clover’s 1924 Model T

George Beverley, a 1970 Miami graduate, has joined the ranks of museum docent volunteers. A resident of The Knolls of Oxford since 2014, Beverley said, “I look forward to being a docent for the McGuffey House and Museum. Our campus is full of interesting history and McGuffey was certainly an important professor in Miami’s early beginnings.”

Beverly was employed for 40 years at Lamar University in Texas, where he served as the Station Manager of KVLU, an NPR member station serving SE Texas and SW Louisiana. He also served as an instructor in the music and communications department.

Reflecting on his career, Beverley noted “Miami provided me an excellent education and I graduated from here in 1970. Graduates nowadays normally go from job to job but I was challenged and happy to stay at Lamar for my entire career.”

Upon returning to Oxford, Beverley served as chairman of the Miami Men’s Glee Club Advisory Board. Every three years, the alumni are invited to perform at Alumni Weekend. At the June 2022 Reunion Concert, over 120 brothers in song gathered on the stage of Hall Auditorium and recognized George with the first Kevin Kuethe Spirit of Tradition Award.


Cover of Film Noir bookMcGuffey docent Diana Royer is the author of The Essence of Film Noir: The Style and Themes of Cinema’s Dark Genre, McFarland 2022. According to the publisher, “American classic films noir, beginning with 1941’s The Maltese Falcon and ending with 1950’s Sunset Boulevard, and the neo-noir films made from the 1970s onward, share certain thematic aspects, stylistic qualities, and cultural contexts. Their concern with politics, their depiction of con artists, and the way their characters are shaped by America’s puritanical religious roots show that these films are examples of a unique American genre, even when the films’ directors are German émigrés with artistic roots in European Expressionism.”

Royer is a professor of English at Miami’s Hamilton campus where she teaches composition, American and British literature and film studies.

Diana Royer with fellow docents John Clover and George Beverley