Diana Regan was born in Philadelphia, on an undisclosed date, and grew up in Bryn Mawr, where she has spent her entire life with the exception of a brief time in the 1960s when she lived in New York City. Her father had his own business distributing home heating fuel oil, and her mother worked with him. She had one brother who is now deceased. Regan attended St. Thomas Aquinas elementary school in South Philadelphia, followed by high school at Mater Misericordiae Academy (now Merion Mercy Academy) in Merion, Pennsylvania. In pursuing her higher education, Regan first attended Immaculata College for one year, before receiving a Bachelor’s degree from Rosemont College in 1963, and a Master’s degree in French from Temple University in 1969. Regan has been teaching French since 1963, starting as a high school teacher at George Washington High School, Frankford High School, John Bartram High School, Masterman Demonstration High School, and Olney High School, where she also served as the head of the Foreign Language Department. She began teaching at the college-level in 1997, first as an adjunct at Chestnut Hill College, followed by a position as a French adjunct at La Salle University, starting in 1999, where she continues to teach today. Aside from teaching, Regan also devotes time to several organizations, including the American Association of Teachers of French, the Alliance Francaise de Philadelphie, and the Chestnut Hill women’s committee for the Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as organizes a travel study program through La Salle University, in which she takes students to France for ten days in a course titled ‘France in WWII, Under German Occupation’. Currently, Regan teaches at La Salle as a part-time adjunct professor, and continues her involvement in her professional organizations.
Regan, Diana M.A. and Nichols, Melissa, "Interview of Diana Regan, M.A." (2015). All Oral Histories. 84.
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