Academic journal article Restoration and 18th Century Theatre Research

In Memoriam: Douglas H. White

Academic journal article Restoration and 18th Century Theatre Research

In Memoriam: Douglas H. White

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On Wednesday, March 13,2002, Douglas H. White, Professor Emeritus of English at Loyola University of Chicago and former editor of Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research, died in his sleep at his home in Vernon Hills, Illinois.

Doug White was born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1929. He graduated from the University of Omaha in 1951 and was promptly drafted into the army during the Korean War. Luck was on his side, though, and Doug was sent to Germany rather than Korea for his tour of duty overseas. Discharged from the army in 1953, he returned to the University of Omaha, where he completed an MA in English. He then proceeded to the University of Chicago, where he studied under Arthur Friedman, receiving his PhD in 1963. Doug taught at Coe College (1957-59) and the Illinois Institute of Technology (1960-67) before coming to Loyola University in 1967, where he remained until his retirement in 1998.

Doug's most important publication was undoubtedly his book Pope and the Context of Controversy. Published more than thirty years ago, the book remains to this day an important exploration of the intellectual backgrounds of The Essay on Man. Among his students at Loyola as well as among his colleagues and friends around the country, Doug was admired for the great breadth of his knowledge of the eighteenth century and cherished for his quick wit and gentle manners. (His wit could sometimes be scathing and his manner intimidating, but such moments were usually reserved for attacking the follies of academic administrators. …

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