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William H. Gass, American writer, educator.


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


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.


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.



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

Children: Elizabeth, Catherine.

William Bernard Gass

Claire (Sorensen) Gass

Mary Patricia O'Kelly

Mary Alice Henderson

Richard Gass

Robert Gass

Susan Gass

Elizabeth Gass

Catherine Gass