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Literature educator

John William Velz was American literature educator. Recipient Fulbright award, 1977-1978, 81-82; recipient Oreon E. Scott award University Michigan, 1953; National Endowment of the Humanities fellow, 1967-1968; Folger Library fellow, 1968.


Velz, John William was born on August 5, 1930 in Englewood, New Jersey, United States. Son of Clarence Joseph and Harriet Josephine (O'Brien) Velz.


Bachelor in English with high distinction and honors, University of Michigan, 1953;Master of Arts in English and French, University of Michigan, 1954;Doctor of Philosophy in English and Classical Tradition, University of Minnesota, 1963.


Instructor College St. Thomas, St. Paul, 1958-1960. Assistant professor English Rice University, Houston, 1963-1969. Professor University Texas, Austin, 1969-1996, professor emeritus, from 1996.

Visiting professor University Paul Valery, Montpelier, France, 1977-1978, Julius Maximillians University, Wuerzburg, Germany, 1981-1982, 85-86. Assistant director, literature advisory Odessa Shakespeare Festival, 1977. Faculty member Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 1979.

Lecturer tour Center and Eastern Europe universities, 1993. Director academy productions of Shakespeare and medieval drama. Member Academy Advisory Council Globe Theatre Center, since 1981.

Member United States Committee for Shakespeare's Globe, since 1990. Presenter over 100 papers and lectures to learned societies. Reviewer over 50 books and theatrical productions.



Member Modern Language Association (life), Association Literature Scholars and Critics, International Shakespeare Association (charter), Shakespeare Association American, Malone Society, Renaissance English Text Society, Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society, Marlowe Society of America, Heriot-Watt University Fowler Society (charter), International Society Classical Tradition, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Eta Sigma.


Married Judith M. Palmer, January 22, 1953 (divorced August 1967). Married Sarah Elizabeth Campbell, October 18, 1967 (divorced April 2001). Children: Sue Marie, Gwendolyn Anne, Jennifer Germaine.

Clarence Joseph Velz

Harriet Josephine (O'Brien) Velz

Judith M. Palmer

Sarah Elizabeth Campbell

Sue Marie Velz

Gwendolyn Anne Velz

Jennifer Germaine Velz