Title:English Professor (Retired)
Location: Champaign, Illinois, United States
George Halsey Douglas, Retired English Professor, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in teaching and writing.
A strong believer in the liberal arts education tradition, Dr. Douglas spent decades teaching students at the University of Illinois before retiring in 1999. He started with the school as the editor of the Agricultural Station in 1961, and rose through positions like instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, and professor of English. Prior to this, he garnered experience as a technical editor for Bell Telephone Laboratories (now Nokia) from 1958 to 1959.
One of the highlights of Dr. Douglas’s career was authoring books. His most recent, “The Golden Age of the Newspaper,” was published in 1999, and was preceded by titles like “Postwar America,” “Skyscraper: A Social History of the Tall Building in America,” and “Education Without Impact: How Our Universities Fail the Young.” He also wrote “The Smart Magazines,” “The Early Days of Radio Broadcasting,” “Women of the Twenties,” “Edmund Wilson’s America,” “Rail City: Chicago and Its Railroads,” and “H.L. Mencken, Critic of American Life.” Additionally, Dr. Douglas used his literary acumen to edit of publications like the Journal of Business Communications for the American Business Communications Association, and to contribute to reference books, professional journals, and television documentaries.
Dr. Douglas prepared for his endeavors by earning a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Lafayette College in 1956, a Master of Arts from Columbia University in 1966, and a PhD in philosophy from the University of Illinois in 1968. It was in college that his interest in American literature really developed; although he pursued philosophy as a major, he slowly began to drift toward the former. He attributes his success to his commitment to taking his natural talents and using them to expand his horizons. Further, he ensured he remained in touch with his field and peers through affiliation with the Modern Language Association of America, the American Studies Association, and the American Business Communications Association.
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