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Douglas Maitland Knight

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Douglas KNIGHT, American educational and corporate administrator. National Commission, on Higher Education Issues 1981-1984.


Knight, Douglas Maitland was born on June 8, 1921 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Claude Rupert and Fanny Sarah Douglas (Brown) Knight.


AB, Yale University, 1942. Master of Arts, Yale University, 1944. Doctor of Philosophy, Yale University, 1946.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Ripon College. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Knox College. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Davidson College, 1963.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), University North Carolina, 1965. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Center College, 1973. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Ohio Wesleyan University, 1971.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Lawrence University, 1964. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Carleton College, 1966. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Emory University, 1968.

Doctor of Letters (honorary), St. Norbert College. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Wake Forest College, 1964.


Instructor English, Yale University, 1946-1947, assistant professor, 1947-1953. Visiting assistant professor English, University California, Berkeley, summer 1949. Morse research fellow, 1951-1952.

President Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin, 1953-1963, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 1963-1969, president emeritus North Carolina, 1992—2005. Vice president division educational development Radio Corporation of America, New York City, 1969-1971, vice president division education services, 1971-1972, staff vice president education and community relations, 1972-1973, consultant, 1973-1975. President Radio Corporation of America Iran, 1971-1972, director, 1971-1973.

President Social Economic and Educational Development, Inc., 1973-1976, Questar Corporation, 1976-1999, chairman, 1999—2001, senior consultant Research and Development, 2001—2005. Curator Knight-Braymer Library., Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 2004—2005. Associate fellow Saybrook College, Yale University, 1954-2005.

United States delegate Southeast Asia Treaty Organization Conference Asian University President, Pakistan, 1961. Member national commission United Nations Educational, 1965-1967. Chairman National Advisory Commission Libraries, 1966-1968.

Advisor Imperial Organization for Social Service, Government of Iran. Member National Commission Science and Engineering Manpower, 1959-1961.



Trustee Edward W. Hazen Foundation, 1951-1963. Corporation member Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1965-1970. Board directors, chairman Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, 1957-1993, emeritus, 1993-2005.

Board directors CEEB, 1955-1959, Catalyst, 1961-1973, United Negro College Fund, 1967-1972, Near East Foundation, 1975-1984, International Schools Services, 1976-1982, Solebury School, 1975-1983. Program chairman Salzburg Seminar, 1971, member advisory council, 1997. Founding trustee Questar Library.

Science and Art, 1982-2004, president, 1996-1999, 2002-2005. President Delaware River Mill Society, 1992-1997, emeritus, 1997-2005. Member American Association Advancement of Humanities (board directors 1979-1983), Grolier Club, Century Association (New York City), Cosmos Club (Washington), Elizabethan Club, Berzelius (New Haven), Phi Beta Kappa.


  • Other Interests

    Farming, sailing.


Married Grace Wallace Nichols, October 31, 1942. Children: Christopher, Douglas Maitland, Thomas, Stephen.

Claude Rupert Knight

Fanny Sarah Douglas (Brown) Knight

Grace Wallace Nichols

Christopher Knight

Douglas Maitland Knight

Thomas Knight

Stephen Knight