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Donald Edward Staples

Donald Edward Staples, American radio, film and television educator. University scholar University Southern California, 1957-1959, Northwestern University, 1963-1965; Danforth Foundation associate, 1968-1985.


  • Staples, Donald Edward was born on April 15, 1934 in New York City. Son of Edward Daniel and Ethlyne Babcock Staples.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Speech, Northwestern University, 1955. Master of Arts in Cinema, University Southern California, 1959. Doctor of Philosophy, Northwestern University, 1967.


    • Instructor Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 1959-1963. Lecturer Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1963-1965. Assistant professor Ohio State University, Columbus, 1965-1968, associate professor, 1968-1969.

      Professor New York University, New York City, 1969-1979, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, 1972-1974, University North Texas, Denton, 1979—2004, professor emeritus, since 2004.


    • Author, editor: American Cinema, 3d edition, 1991. Co-author: Film Encounter, 1973. Contributor articles, film reviews to professional journals.


    Working in partnership with different Christian denominations allows influencing public policy more effectively.


    The objective people wish to attain is not merely to be saved from something. God wishes his children to be saved to something.

    Denomination: Methodist


    Libelous language with regard to nationality, ethnic background, sexuality or gender does not assess the value of individual and contradicts the gospel of Jesus Christ.


    Member Greater Denton Arts Council, since 1980, Denton Community Theatre, since 1980. Board directors National Museum Communications, Irving, Texas, 1983-1993. Juror film festivals, since 1969.

    Member advisory board Arts and Humanities Citation Index, Philadelphia, since 1979. Lieutenant (junior grade) United States Navy, 1955-1957. Member Screen Actors Guild, Society for Cinema Studies (president 1974-1975), University Film and Video Association (president 1975-1977, life member), International Congress of Schools of Film and television (vice president 1982-1986), University Film and Video Foundation (trustee emeritus), Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club (board directors 1995-1998).



    Sailing, golf.


    • Married Diane Staunton, June 2, 1956 (divorced July 1980). Children: Douglas Arthur, Daniel Charles. Married Kristen Petersen, November 26, 1982.

      Stepchildren: Julia Lynn Smith, Susan Smith Milner.
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    Born April 15, 1934
    • 1955
      Northwestern University
    • 1959
      University Southern California
    • 1967
      Northwestern University
    • 1959 - 1963
      Instructor, Southern Illinois University
      Carbondale, Illinois, United States
    • 1963 - 1965
      lecturer, Northwestern University
      Evanston, Illinois, United States
    • 1965 - 1968
      assistant, professor Ohio State University
      Columbus, Ohio, United States
    • 1969 - 1979
      professor, New York University
    • 1972 - 1974
      professor, New York University
      Poughkeepsie, New York, United States
    • 1979 - 2004
      professor, New York University
      Denton, Maryland, United States
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