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English educator

Thomas Franklyn Van Laan, American English educator. Served to corporal United States Army, 1952-1954. Member Modern Language Association, Ibsen Society of America (1st vice president since 1982).

Background

Laan, Thomas Franklyn Van was born on April 8, 1931 in Bay City, Michigan, United States. Son of Leo Clifford and Lena (Brunsink) Van Laan.

Education

Bachelor, Michigan State University, 1956. Master of Arts, Michigan State University, 1957. Doctor of Philosophy, University California, Berkeley, 1961.

Career

Instructor English University Kentucky, Lexington, 1960-1962. Instructor Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1962-1964, assistant professor, 1964-1967, associate professor, 1967-1978, professor, since 1978, chair department English, 1983-1989.

Works

  • book

  • Other Work

    • Author: The Idiom of Drama, 1970, Role-Playing in Shakespeare, 1978. Author translations and introductions Ibsen's Catiline and the Burial Mound, 1990. Editor Ibsen News and Comment, since 1986.

      Contributor articles to professional journals.

Membership

Served to corporal United States Army, 1952-1954. Member Modern Language Association, Ibsen Society of America (1st vice president since 1982).

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Reading, theater, movies, sports, travel.

Connections

Married Barbara Jean Miller, December 24, 1952 (divorced 1976). Children: Krista Leigh, Thomas Jeffrey, Marcy Kay Strand. Married Nancy Jean Greven, January 6, 1980 (divorced 1987).

1 child, Anna Katrin.

father:
Leo Clifford Laan

mother:
Lena (Brunsink) Van Laan

spouses:
Barbara Jean Miller

Nancy Jean Greven

children:
Krista Leigh Laan

Thomas Jeffrey Laan

Marcy Kay Strand Laan

Anna Katrin Laan