John Theodore Flanagan

John Theodore Flanagan, UI professor emeritus of English, died March 11 in
Salt Lake City, where he had made his home since 1993. He was 90.

Flanagan earned bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in English at the
University of Minnesota where he later taught. Prior to joining the UI
faculty in 1946 he taught at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks
and at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He served as a Fulbright
lecturer in Bordeaux and at the Belgian universities of Ghent, Liege and
Brussels. Other foreign lecturing assignments were at universities in
Kyoto, Moscow and Leningrad.

He published numerous articles and reviews on American literature, drama
and folklore. Among his books were "James Hall, Literary Pioneer of the
Ohio Valley" (1941), "America is West" (1945), "Theodore Blegen, A Memoir"
(1977), "Theodore Hamm in Minnesota" (1989), and "Minnesota's Literary
Visitors" (1994). Two volumes of biographical essays, "Memorable Americans"
(1983) and "More Memorable Americans" (1985) were written with Robert B.
Downs and Harold W. Scott, also of the UI.

Flanagan received fellowships from the Newberry Library and the Guggenheim
foundation in addition to the Fulbright lecturing assignments. One
achievement that made him especially proud was having directed 60 doctoral
dissertations during his tenure at the UI. He was a member of Phi Beta
Kappa, the Caxton Club of Chicago, the Dial Club (Urbana), the state
historical societies of Illinois and Minnesota, and the Society of Midland

He is survived by three daughters, four grandchildren and two great
grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be sent to the UI Foundation,
Harker Hall, or to the Library of the Minnesota Historical Society, St.
Paul, Minn.

UIUC -- Inside Illinois -- 1996/04-18-96