Foreign-Language Programs, Facing Cuts, Find a Champion in 'Tennessee Bob'

Trey Clark for the Chronicle

Robert D. Peckham is "Tennessee Bob," a professor of French at the U. of Tennessee at Martin, who puts his heart into fights anywhere in the country that foreign-language instruction is threatened with cutbacks.
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Robert D. Peckham, a professor of French, had more to deal with this spring than his usual end-of-semester duties. The countryside in western Tennessee was bright green and dotted with the yellow of wild mustard blooms, but Mr. Peckham was less than...

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