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Donald Edward Staples Edit Profile

Radio , film and television educator

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.


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.


  • Other Work

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


People need not just to accept but also to grow in relationship with God. God's grace and love constantly prompts and seeks to transform us, and so we should continually seek and pray to grow in holiness and love.


Peace making is the creative and positive quest for the well-being of humankind and the planet on which people live.


As human beings people find themselves as part of an unjust, sinful and violent world, which we may feel individually helpless to change. If we accept forgiveness, God can enable us to resist evil and to live life to the full.


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).


  • Other Interests

    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.

Edward Daniel

Ethlyne Babcock Staples

Diane Staunton

Kristen Petersen

Douglas Arthur Staples

Daniel Charles Staples

Julia Lynn Smith Staples

Susan Smith Milner Staples