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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.


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


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


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.



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


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.

Joe Russell Whitaker

Sarah Genevieve (Houk) Whitaker

Dorothy Vera Barnes

Joan Bower Horwitt

Lillian Ann Traub

Thomas O'Hara Whitaker

Sarah Mae Whitaker

Mary Beth Whitaker

Gwendolyn Anne Whitaker