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Thomas Russell Whitaker

Thomas Russell Whitaker, American English literature educator. Recipient Harbison award for gifted teaching Danforth Foundation, 1972, Seton Elm and Ivy award, City of New Haven and Yale University, 2005; fellow, American Council Learned Societies, 1969-1970, National Endowment for Humanities-Huntington, 1981. Served with C.E. United States Army, 1944-1946. Member Modern Language Association.

Background

  • Whitaker, Thomas Russell was born on August 7, 1925 in Marquette, Michigan, United States. Son of Joe Russell and Sarah Genevieve (Houk) Whitaker.

  • Education

    • Bachelor summa cum laude, Oberlin College, 1949. Master of Arts, Yale University, 1950. Doctor of Philosophy, Yale University, 1953.

    Career

    • Instructor English Oberlin (Ohio) College, 1952-1955, assistant professor, 1955-1959, associate professor, 1959-1963, professor, 1963-1964. Teacher literature Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont, 1964-1966. Professor English University Iowa, Iowa City, 1966-1975, Yale University, New Haven, 1975-1995, professor theater studies, 1986-1995, chairman department English, 1979-1985, Frederick W. Hilles professor English, 1989-1995.

      Frederick W. Hilles professor emeritus English, since 1995.

    Works

    Membership

    Served with C.E. United States Army, 1944-1946. Member Modern Language Association.

    Connections

    • Married Dorothy Vera Barnes, June 17, 1950 (deceased December 1995). Children: Thomas O'Hara, Sarah Mae, Mary Beth, Gwendolyn Anne. Married Joan Bower Horwitt, October 4, 1997 (div.

      September 2002); Married Lillian Ann Traub, July 26, 2003.
    • father: Joe Russell Whitaker
    • mother: Sarah Genevieve (Houk) Whitaker
    • spouses: Dorothy Vera Barnes
    • Joan Bower Horwitt
    • Lillian Ann Traub
    • children: Thomas O'Hara Whitaker
    • Sarah Mae Whitaker
    • Mary Beth Whitaker
    • Gwendolyn Anne Whitaker
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    Nationality
    • 1949
      Oberlin College
    • 1950
      Yale University
    • 1953
      Yale University
    • 1964 - 1966
      teacher, literature Goddard College
      Plainfield, Indiana, United States
    • 1966 - 1975
      professor, English University Iowa
      Iowa City, Iowa, United States
    • 1975 - 1995
      professor, English University Iowa
      New Haven, Connecticut, United States
    • 1995
      Frederick W. Hilles professor, emeritus English
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