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Slavic languages educator

Francis James Whitfield, American Slavic languages educator. Junior fellow Society Fellows, Harvard, 1939-1940, 41-45; fellow Library of Congress, 1940-1941; Guggenheim fellow, 1964-1965; Fulbright-Hays fellow, 1967; recipient Kosciuszko Foundation medal, 1962; Berkeley citation, 1986. Member Linguistic Society of America, Society de Linguistique (Paris), Lingvistkredsen (Copenhagen).

Background

Whitfield, Francis James was born on March 25, 1916 in Springfield, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Walter Francis and Gertrude (Donnelly) Whitfield.

Education

Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude, Harvard University, 1936; A.M., Harvard University, 1937; Doctor of Philosophy, Harvard University, 1944; student, Ecole des Langues Orientales Vivantes, Paris, France, 1937-1938.

Career

Assistant professor, University of Chicago, 1945-1948; acting chairman linguistics Department, University Chicago, 1947-1948; member of faculty, University of California at Berkeley, since 1948; professor Slavic langs and literature, University of California at Berkeley, since 1958; department chairman, University of California at Berkeley, 1958-1964, 69-70, 72-74. Visiting associate professor Columbia University, 1951-1952, University of Michigan, 1955.

Membership

Member Linguistic Society of America, Society de Linguistique (Paris), Lingvistkredsen (Copenhagen).

Connections

Married Cecylia Stanislawa Rudzka, April 21, 1950.

father:
Walter Francis Whitfield

mother:
Gertrude (Donnelly) Whitfield

spouse:
Cecylia Stanislawa Rudzka