J. Atwell “Budd” Scruggs III began teaching at Ohlone in the Fall of 1970 and retired in June 1999, at which time he was granted the title Professor Emeritus of English.
He was an English Department leader in many ways: serving as Department Chairman, Supervisor of the Writing Lab and as a mentor to new faculty. He was also a pioneer in the development of the ESL program.
Author of numerous lab programs related to reading and writing skills, his talent for explaining complicated concepts, verbally and in writing, helped him share his love for the English language with a wide range of students. The textbooks he wrote– The Preposition and Prepositional Idioms, Example Please: A Punctuation Program, Sentence Types and the two-volume Steps to a Better Vocabulary– were used at Ohlone and at other institutions.
He was the creator and instructor of the English Department’s highly regarded and popular course World Mythology. In that class in particular, he prompted many students to develop their own love for literature. In all his teaching, he held himself and his students to high standards.
In retirement, he continues to reside in Fremont.