In Memoriam

In memoriam of faculty and students who have passed away.

Professor Ralph Salisbury (1926-2017) taught at the University of Oregon since 1960 and helped develop the Creative Writing Program, serving as its director for many years. His poem "In the Children's Museum in Nashville" was published in The New Yorker in 1960, making him one of the first Native American poets to receive national attention. His autobiography So Far So Good won the 2012 River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize. His book Light from a Bullet Hole: Poems New and Selected was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. 

Professor Edwin Coleman (1932-2017) worked tirelessly in the Folklore program and guided it toward success. Edwin presented papers on a vast number of topics at national and regional folklore conferences and served as President of the Oregon Folklore Society. At UO, Coleman taught African-American literature courses for 30 years and also served as a mentor for black students. In the early 1970s, UO president Robert Clarke called on Coleman to be a liaison between the school and a student involved in a Black Panther Party march to protest racial inequality facing Black Americans.

Professor Gloria Johnson (1922-2014) taught at Barnard and Cornell University before joining the UO English Department. She won the University's two most prestigious teaching awards and the Modern Language Association's Prize for Outstanding Teacher. Emeritus Professor and former colleague George Wickes recalls, “we all knew that Gloria worked a kind of magic in the classroom. For generations of students she was the professor they would never forget.” One of her former students, for example, testifies, “Her classroom was an energized, exciting place to be. I know I always did my best and my perception was that other students also did. We often came to realize what our best could be under Dr. Johnson’s guidance.”

Professor Jim Hall (1919-2014) came to the English Department in the early fifties and taught here for many years. He founded the Creative Writing Program, in which, among others, Ken Kesey and Barry Lopez were students. During his career he wrote a great deal of fiction and poetry and was nationally recognized for his substantial contribution to these arts. 

Professor Roland Bartel (1919-2012) was a member of the English department from 1961 to 1986 and department head for eight years. Roland also published seven textbooks on various literary and historical topics. He earned his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1951 and was a conscientious objector and served in the Civilian Public Service from 1941 to 1945.

Professor Donald Taylor (1924-2011) graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in 1947, a master’s degree in 1948 and a Ph.D. in 1950 from the University of California, Berkeley. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945 and also taught at the University of Oregon from 1968 to 1990, emeritus to 2000. At the UO, he was Director of English Graduate Studies from 1968 to 1970, acting head of the Classics Department from 1975 to 1978, and acting head of the Ethnic Studies department from 1979 to 1980.

Professor A. Kingsley Weatherhead (1924-2011) published five books of scholarly criticism and many articles, dealing primarily with modern English and American poetry. He also wrote a biography of his father, a famous clergyman whose preaching drew multitudes. Kingsley served as an Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for three years and was invited to join the English department of the University of Washington but declined, preferring to remain in Eugene for the rest of his life.

Professor John Haislip (1925-2010) 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. The author of four books of poems, Haislip won the coveted Oregon Book Award for his collection Seal Rock (1986), which contains the poem “After the Storm."

Professor Richard "Rick" Filloy (1949-2003) was an avid handball player and social activist with memberhips in the Oregon Handball Association and the American Civil Liberties Union. Filloy taught in the UO English Department in the 1980s and also taught in the UO Classics Department and Robert D. Clark Honors College.