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George Gott has a passion for poetry. His life is about words, their meaning and the idea that those words will have meaning to those who have read them.
And these poems have a long connection to UW-Superior that continues even to this day.
For over fifty years George could be found in a classroom educating students about poetry and a wide variety of other subjects. While at UW-Superior he taught Literature, English Composition, and Creative Writing, just to name a few. He and his family believed so much in learning, that they dedicated themselves to the teaching profession. Elementary, high school and college levels, didn't matter to the Gott family as long as students were enjoying the process of learning. But it was poetry by far, that was his favorite way to connect with students and the campus community.
George spent most of his time teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. His life experiences also include serving in WWII and he is now professor Emeritus at UW-Superior.
All five of the Gott family members have been connected with the school. Three as instructors and two more received their degrees from here, Mary and Nancy. Patricia also taught school here before she moved to UW-Stevens Point where she is now teaching in the English department.
Dorothy, the love of George's life was a student at UW-Superior and also taught here as well. To this day, George says she was everything you want in a student. He explained, "I came to Superior and what has been said many times, 'I married a Superior woman'." Once I was here I wanted to stay and I'm glad that the school here let me stay."
With a wide smile and warm heart, Dorothy Gott was part of the UW-Superior instructional staff for many years. She graduated with her B.A. degree in English and again with a Master of Arts degree. She married George and together they found happiness for many, many years.
UW-Superior had such a big impact on the Gott family that they have decided to make a donation to the university and start a scholarship. The Dorothy and George Gott Scholarship will go to endow a student scholarship in English.
George credits the city and the campus community for the growth of his career. "Before I came here I had an idea that I needed a new environment. I know on a conscious level that I made the right decision because something is happening here. I came here for reasons I don't understand as part of my unconscious mind, but my unconscious mind was leading me to Dorothy and Superior and to UW-Superior. I have traveled the world over but I was accepted beautifully here in Superior."
At the time George was teaching at UW-Superior he had over 800 poems published worldwide in literary magazines, journals and publications. Perhaps it would be a good idea to include one of Gotts' newest poems that he wrote on the day this story was written. It is entitled:
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