SUNY Buffalo State Oral Histories, 1975-1995
Interview with Dr. Julia C. Piquette


Interview with Dr. Julia C. Piquette


Sister Martin Joseph Jones

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Julia Piquette was born January 24, 1927. She earned her Bachelor's in Speech from Northwestern University in 1948, followed by a Master's in Speech Education in 1952 and a Doctorate in Philosophy in 1963. A radio actress in the 1940s, Julia Piquette adapted a number of literary works for scripts that were performed by Reader's Theatre, a student group. She also wrote several original scripts and directed a number of children's theater productions.

Dr. Piquette joined the faculty of the State University College for Teachers at Buffalo in 1952 as a speech instructor in the English department. She became an assistant professor in 1954, an associate professor in 1960 and a full professor in 1965. Dr. Piquette was chairwoman of the Speech and Theater Arts Department from 1972 to 1977 and played a key role in adding radio and television production to the program. She helped oversee its transformation into the journalism, broadcasting, and speech department in 1977 and headed the department from 1981 to 1984. She retired in 1987.

Buffalo State's Communication Department presented her a Lifetime Dedication Award in 2000. In 2009, she endowed the Dr. Julia Piquette Communication Scholarship Fund for juniors majoring in programs in the Communication Department. Dr. Piquette passed away on April 30, 2011.


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Interview with Dr. Julia C. Piquette

Interview with Dr. Julia C. Piquette