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Lester Goran joined the University of Miami in 1961 and in 1965 he began the first of three creative writing majors. He also developed the first interdisciplinary major, bringing together Speech, Drama, Communication and English.  Lester was among the first to write UM course descriptions for Women Studies and Black Studies.  He served as a faculty representative and then later as the Board Chairman on the UM Publishing Board, overseeing all publications from literary magazines to the Hurricane, UM’s student paper.  In 1991, he organized and established the MFA Creative Writing Program and was the first to welcome our graduate students in 1992. Lester Goran wrote his fiction and taught a full load of courses until he passed away last February 6, 2014.  He has left a legacy of novels, stories, and writers and he established the program we are today.