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Tyrus Hillway, American author, educator. American Philosophical Society research grantee, 1959, 61, 64; Distinguished scholar award University Northern Colorado, 1972; Professor Tyrus Hillway Essays in his Honour (edited by Erwin A. Stürzl), 1977; recipient Distinguished Alumnus award Willamette University, 1984.


Hillway, Tyrus was born on January 5, 1912 in Minneapolis. Son of William H. and Martha (Milbrett) Hillway.


AB, Willamette University, 1934. Master of Arts, University California, 1939. Doctor of Philosophy, Yale University, 1944.

Postgraduate, University Oregon, 1934. Postgraduate, Harvard University, 1942.


Teacher, Oregon State School for Blind, Salem, 1934-1938;business experience, Berkeley, California, 1938-1940;dean evening division, Hillyer College, Hartford, Connecticut, 1940-1944;director educational counseling and planning, Bridgeport (Connecticut) Program Postwar Readjustment, 1944-1946;president, Mitchell College, New London, Connecticut, 1946-1951;associate professor education, U. Northern Colorado, Greeley, 1951-1954;professor education, U. Northern Colorado, Greeley, 1954-1966;assistant to president, U. Northern Colorado, Greeley, 1966-1969;professor higher education, U. Northern Colorado, Greeley, 1966-1973;director academic development, U. Northern Colorado, Greeley, 1969-1971;guest professor, U. Salzburg, Austria, 1970-1971;Professor of English, chair American studies, U. Salzburg, Austria, 1973-1977;visiting Professor of English, U. Denver, 1977-1978;co-director, National Project Improving Academic Administration, since 1977. Fulbright guest professor of University Vienna, Austria, 1964-1965. Member United States Military Manpower Committee.

Former president Connecticut Conference Junior Colls. Member committee standards Connecticut Council Higher Education, 1946-1951. Member committee accreditation New England Junior College Council, 1948-1951.

Member of advisory committee Connecticut Gov's. Commission Education, 1949-1950.


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    • Author: Melville and the Whale, 1950, (play) Captain Ahab, 1951, Introduction to Research, 1956, review edition, 1964, Thai translation, 1987, American Two-Year Colleges, 1958, Education in American Society, 1961, Herman Melville, 1963, review edition, 1979, Portuguese translation, 1966, Handbook of Educational Research, 1969, Evidences of Neo-Romanticism in Contemporary Western Culture, 1976. Editor: (with Luther S. Manfield) Moby Dick Centennial Essays, 1953, American Education, 1964. Co-author: A Century of Higher Education, 1962, American Studies Abroad, 1975, The Endless Winding Way in Melville, 1981.

      Contributor literature anthologies, periodicals, Encyclopedia Americana, Colliers Encyclopedia. Contributor poetry to Best College Verse, 1931, Contemporary American Men Poets, 1937, Poetry House Anthology, 1938, At Days End, 1994 (The Best Poems of the '90s, 1996).


Connecticut state chairman American Youth Hostels, 1947. Trustee Estes Park Center for Education and Research, 1966, Austro-American Institute Education, 1964-1965. Board directors Young Men’s Christian Association, New London, Connecticut, 1947-1950.

Member Modern Language Association, Society Advancement Education, Melville Society (founder 1945, secretary 1945-1959, president 1960), Citizens Committee Hoover Report, Yale Library. Associates, Austrian Association American Studies (chairman 1974-1975), Sigma Chi.


Married Hazel Andrews, August 28, 1937. Children: Holly Ann, Richard Andrews.

William H. Hillway

Martha (Milbrett) Hillway

Hazel Andrews

Holly Ann Hillway

Richard Andrews Hillway