The late John Percy Dyer was a historian and scholar devoted to education. Starting in 1948, Dyer served as a professor of history and a dean of the University College of Tulane University. His history of the school, Tulane: The Biography of a University 1834-1965, won him a Louisiana Literary Award in 1967, which is presented to the author of an outstanding book about Louisiana. A prominent figure in the higher education movement, Dyer served as president of the Association for Continuing Higher Education in 1955.
Born in 1902, in New Albany, Mississippi, Dyer received his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. His involvement in post-secondary instruction for adults prompted him to publish Ivory Towers in the Market Place: The Evening College in American Education. He is also the author of The Gallant Hood and From Shiloh to San Juan: The Life of “Fightin’ Joe” Wheeler, both biographies of Southern Civil War soldiers.