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folklorist , English language educator

Walter Darrell Haden, American English language educator, folklorist. Avocations: producing live radio shows, collecting vintage phonographrecords, genealogy, traveling * M C. Recipient Excellence in Teaching award University Tennessee, 1970, Significant Contributions award East Tennessee State University, 1988, Svc. award WKMS-National Public Radio Radio, Murray State University, 1982; nominated Jefferson award Station WPSD-television, 1981.


Haden, Walter Darrell was born on July 6, 1931 in Smallett, Missouri, United States. Son of Etcyle De Witt and Thelma Eleline (Osburn) Haden.


Bachelor of Science in Education, Southwest Missouri State University, 1958. Master of Science in Education, Northern Illinois University, 1965. Postgraduate, Purdue University, 1966.

ABD, Vanderbilt University, 1969.


Teacher elementary, Walnut Grove Grade School, Smallett, 1954-1955; secondary teacher English, Rock Falls (Illinois) Township High School, 1957-1958; secondary teacher English, Sterling (Illinois) Township High School, 1958-1966; assistant Professor of English, Belmont U., Nashville, 1966-1967; Professor of English, U. Tennessee, Martin, since 1967; director British drama studies, CCSB, London, 1991-1992. Folklorist in residence East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, 1988. Coordinator Kentucky Lake Folk Festival, Aurora, 1970-1971.

Consultant Folk Festival of the Smokies, Cosby, Tennessee, 1971. Teacher CCSB courses in British drama, London, 1984-1985, 89-90, 91-92. Visiting professor Niijima College, Takasaki, Japan, 1996-1997.


  • Avocations: producing live radio shows, collecting vintage phonographrecords, genealogy, traveling * M C.


Chairman Boy Scouts American, Sterling, 1964-1966, member committee, Nashville, 1966-1967. Member Obion County Democrats, Union City, Tennessee, since 1970. Sergeant United States Army, 1952-1954.

Member Broadcast Music, Inc., Jackson-Purchase History Society (president 1994-1995, editor journal. since 1997), Tennessee Folklore Society (president 1969-1971).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: producing live radio shows, collecting vintage phonograph records, genealogy, traveling *.


Married Betty Jean Ellie, December 26, l955. Children: Joel Marcus, Suzanne Marie, Natalya Joy.

Etcyle De Witt Haden

Thelma Eleline (Osburn) Haden

Betty Jean Ellie

Joel Marcus Haden

Suzanne Marie Haden

Natalya Joy Haden