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In Memoriam

Kingsley Weatherhead
died of cancer August 29, 2011. He was 87. He was born in England, served in the Navy there, and then after the war obtained degrees from Cambridge University, University of Edinburgh and, after he came to this country, the University of Washington. His first teaching post was as a professor of English at the then College, now University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. later he taught at the new branch of Louisiana State University in New Orleans. From 1960 until he retired in 1989 he taught at the University of Oregon. In 2005, he was honored with an endowed professorship in his name, a gift from Bob and Gloria Lee. He loved bird watching and he loved history. But his great passion, he said, was “the English language”…words and what could be done with them; what could be done with them in modern slang, the new metaphors that grew overnight from new technology, especially what had been done with them in the works of the great poets and prose writers in English; and the terrible injuries they suffered in the vulgar usages in newspapers, television, and common parlance.


John Haislip
passed away March 13th following a sudden windstorm. Born in 1925 in Lancaster PA, he earned a doctorate in English from the University of Washington. From 1966 to 1989 he taught in and, at various times, directed the UO Creative Writing Program, and edited the Northwest Review. He studied under Theodore Roethke and became himself a strong regional Northwest voice, singing especially of the Oregon coast. He was a friend to the region’s most celebrated poets, including Richard Hugo and Carolyn Kizer, and a mentor to many of its younger ones. The author of four books of poems, he won the coveted Oregon Book Award for his collection, Seal Rock (1986), which contains the poem, “After the Storm”:

We wake and listen still for any sound
the house empty silent the storm done
the crows in the crown of the dead pin
cawing we count to six cawing a pause
splashes of noice out of their black throats
their hunger like buckshot scattering
far and down over the vegetation.

Donald Taylor
passed away on July 7th of age-related causes. Born August 8, 1924, in Portland, he earned a Ph.D. in 1950 from the University of California, Berkeley. He served in the US Army from 1942 to 1945. He taught at Northwestern University from 1950 to 1954 and was a professor at the University of Washington from 1954 to 1968 and at the University of Oregon from 1968 to 1990. At the UO, he was director of English graduate studies from 1968 to 1970, acting head of the classics department from 1975 to 1978, acting head of the ethnic studies department from 1979 to 1980, and the first Director of the Oregon Humanties Center. A specialist in the English eighteenth century, Don’s publications included, The Works of Thomas Chatterton (2 vols, Oxford 1971) and The Art of Thomas Chatterton (1978). He published fine essays on Ronald Crane, R.G. Collingwood, and the Art of Henry Green. he was for years the Department’s main scholar in the eithteenth century; he loved the works of Jane Austen, Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift, and Samuel Johnson. Remembrances to the Heifer Project or Mercy Corps.

Members of the English Department were saddened this year to learn of the passing of these beloved emeritus faculty members, and send our best wishes and support to all their families, friends, and former colleagues and students.