On All Saints’ Sunday, Nov. 3, a stone plaque will be dedicated inside the Chapel, given in memory of long-time Sewanee professor Dr. Charles Binnicker Jr.
Charles Binnicker, a 1950 Sewanee graduate and professor of classical languages here, was considered by many the creator of Sewanee’s classics department. He retired in 1999 after 40 years of teaching, only to return to the classroom a few years later when needed by the department. His distinguished career encompassed the roles of teacher, adviser, dean, trustee, and mentor, and he is remembered fondly by alumni from different eras. Many of his former students remember him as one of the most influential professors they encountered on the Mountain, and Binnicker received the distinguished faculty member award from the Associated Alumni in 2003.
In addition to being a professor of classical languages and chairman of that department from 1977 to 1988, Binnicker also served the university in an administrative capacity. He was dean of men from 1972 to 1975; marshal of the university faculties, 1969 to 1974; secretary of the Board of Trustees from 1975 to 1978; and faculty trustee, 1978 to1981. He also advised SAE throughout his career at Sewanee. Binnicker died in Sewanee in 2006.