A Ph.D.'s Reverie presents a series of imagined vignettes from the true story of Francis "Frank" Gevrier Guittard, a game young scholar of limited means who, encouraged by his parents to leave home for Texas during hard times, struggled to achieve his life's central goal of a college education. Then in later life labored to earn a Ph.D. while separated from wife and children. The reverie passes through a number of his feelings including homesickness and isolation, fear and anxiety, as well as destiny, adventure, excitement and challenge, and then finally through an unresolved sense of regret and loss, all of which ultimately dissolve into elation and satisfaction coming from high achievement and the expectation of going home to family.
Charles Francis Guittard is one of five grandchildren of Ohio native Francis Gevrier Guittard and Texas native Mamie Welhausen Guittard. He is a 1964 graduate of Baylor University in Waco, majoring in English and philosophy. Retired from law practice, he is working on a life & times of his grandfather begun in 1978 after reading his grandfather’s letters. Charles lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife Pat and their dog Maggie. He and Pat have three children and four grandchildren. Their primary interests currently are their children and grandchildren and their alma maters Baylor and Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport, Louisiana. His poem was featured at Baylor’s 2017 House of Poetry.
Grace Elizabeth Daniel is the daughter of James and Carol Daniel, the 8th of 13 adopted children. With their love and support she is a currently a Baylor senior undergraduate pursuing a degree in both French and Painting. Along with being a member of Baylor’s National Collegiate Honor Society and Baylor French Honor Society, she still finds time to paint and create the art that she loves. Her silver gelatin print “Self Portrait” was chosen for the Baylor Student Art Exhibit in 2016, and her oil painting “Self” was displayed in Baylor’s 2017 Student Art Exhibit. She also participated in the Baylor Print Show in both those years as well. In the future she hopes to continue making illustrations