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Douglas Lanphier Wheeler, American history professor. Decorated grand officer Order of Prince Henry The Navigator (Portugal), 1993, Order of Liberty (Portugal), 2004; Fulbright grantee, Fulbright Commission, University Lisbon, 1961-1962, Fulbright Hays Faculty Research, United States Government, 1969-1970, Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, since 1972; recipient Certified Achievement, United States Army Intelligence School, Maryland, 1965.


Wheeler, Douglas Lanphier was born on July 19, 1937 in St. Louis. Son of Russell Charles and Lucille (Wengler) Wheeler.


Bachelor of Arts in History, Dartmouth College, 1959. Master of Arts in History, Boston University, 1960. Doctor of Philosophy in History, Boston University, 1963.

Postgraduate, Lisbon University, 1961—1962.


Visiting assistant professor Morgan State College, Baltimore, 1965. From assistant professor to professor University New Hampshire, Durham, 1965—2002, chair department history, 1971—1974, Prince Henry the Navigator professor of Portuguese History and the Discoveries, 1995—2002, professor history emeritus, since 2002. Visiting assistant professor University College Rhodesia, Salisbury, Richard Welch Memorial fellow in Advanced Research Intelligence, Harvard University, Cambridge, 1984-1985.



Moderator Community Church of Durham, 1983-1984, committee member since 1969. Board member Mill Pond Center, Arts Center Durham, 1982-1998, Theatre by the Sea, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 1981-1985. Director New Hampshire Council World Affairs, Durham, since 1974.

1st Lieutenant United States Army Reserve, 1963-1965. Member International Conference Group on Portugal (coordinator since 1978), Society for Spanish and Portuguese History Studies (general secretary 1981-1984), National Military Intelligence Association, Association Former Intelligence Officers, National Intelligence Studies Center.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: reading, travel abroad, tennis, amateur theatricals, playwriting.


Married Katherine Wells Wheeler. Children: Katherine Gladney, Lucille Lanphier.

Russell Charles Wheeler

Lucille (Wengler) Wheeler

Katherine Wells Wheeler

Katherine Gladney Wheeler

Lucille Lanphier Wheeler