University professor. BornРOctober 14, 1919, Nashville, Tenn. ParentsРGaines Stanley and May (Riley) Dobbins. MarriedРMary Denmead Willis, 1947. ChildrenРTwo. EducationРMississippi College, B.A., 1941; University of North Carolina, M.A., 1948; Ph.D., 1950. U. S. Army, 1943-45. Taught at Samford University, serving as head of the Department of English and Journalism, 1950-1986, and as Chair of the Division of Humanities, 1962-64 and 1969-72. Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of California at Los Angeles, 1964. Member of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Renaissance Society of America, American Education Association, National Council of Teachers of English, American Theatre Association, Sigma Tau Delta and Kappa Phi Kappa.  Published many articles in literary journals.  Made professor emeritus at Samford, 1986. Died May 30, 2006.


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