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Thomas Russell Whitaker

English professor , writer , Theater Studies Professor , Yeats Scholar

Thomas Russell Whitaker, American English literature educator. Recipient Harbison award for gifted teaching Danforth Foundation, 1972, Seton Elm and Ivy award, City of New Haven and Yale University, 2005; fellow, American Council Learned Societies, 1969-1970, National Endowment for Humanities-Huntington, 1981. Served with C.E. United States Army, 1944-1946. Member Modern Language Association.

Background

Whitaker, Thomas Russell was born on August 7, 1925 in Marquette, Michigan, United States. Son of Joe Russell and Sarah Genevieve (Houk) Whitaker.

Education

Bachelor summa cum laude, Oberlin College, 1949. Master of Arts, Yale University, 1950. Doctor of Philosophy, Yale University, 1953.

Career

Instructor English Oberlin (Ohio) College, 1952-1955, assistant professor, 1955-1959, associate professor, 1959-1963, professor, 1963-1964. Teacher literature Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont, 1964-1966. Professor English University Iowa, Iowa City, 1966-1975, Yale University, New Haven, 1975-1995, professor theater studies, 1986-1995, chairman department English, 1979-1985, Frederick W. Hilles professor English, 1989-1995.

Frederick W. Hilles professor emeritus English, since 1995.

Works

Membership

Served with C.E. United States Army, 1944-1946. Member Modern Language Association.

Connections

Married Dorothy Vera Barnes, June 17, 1950 (deceased December 1995). Children: Thomas O'Hara, Sarah Mae, Mary Beth, Gwendolyn Anne. Married Joan Bower Horwitt, October 4, 1997 (div.

September 2002); Married Lillian Ann Traub, July 26, 2003.

father:
Joe Russell Whitaker

mother:
Sarah Genevieve (Houk) Whitaker

spouses:
Dorothy Vera Barnes

Joan Bower Horwitt

Lillian Ann Traub

children:
Thomas O'Hara Whitaker

Sarah Mae Whitaker

Mary Beth Whitaker

Gwendolyn Anne Whitaker