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William H. Gass, American writer, educator.

Background

Gass, William H. was born on July 30, 1924 in Fargo, North Dakota, United States. Son of William Bernard and Claire (Sorensen) Gass.

Education

AB, Kenyon College, 1947. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Kenyon College, 1973. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Kenyon College, 1985.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Kenyon College, 2005. Doctor of Philosophy, Cornell University, 1953.

Career

Instructor philosophy, College of Wooster, Ohio., 1950-1954;assistant professor, Purdue University, Lafayette, 1954-1960;associate professor, Purdue University, Lafayette, 1960-1966;professor philosophy, Purdue University, Lafayette, 1966-1969;professor philosophy, Washington University, St. Louis, 1969-1979;David May Distinguished University professor in humanities, Washington University, St. Louis, since 1979;director, International Writers Center, since 1990. Visiting lecturer University of Illinois, 1958-1959. Member Rockefeller Commision on Humanities, 1978-1980.

Member literature panel National Endowment for the Arts, 1979-1982.

Works

Connections

Married Mary Patricia O'Kelly, 1952 (divorced). Children: Richard, Robert, Susan. Married Mary Alice Henderson, 1969.

Children: Elizabeth, Catherine.

father:
William Bernard Gass

mother:
Claire (Sorensen) Gass

spouses:
Mary Patricia O'Kelly

Mary Alice Henderson

children:
Richard Gass

Robert Gass

Susan Gass

Elizabeth Gass

Catherine Gass