Lexicographer; editor, lecturer. BornРJackson, Ala., February 12, 1891. ParentsРJames Waldrum and Frances Isabella McLeod. MarriedРGeorgia Jane Garrett, August 7, 1919. ChildrenРTwo. EducationРA.B., Southern University, 1915; A.M., University of Alabama, 1917; Ph.D., Harvard, 1936. U.S. Navy, WWI.  Employed as instructor, Scarritt-Morrisville (Mo.) College, 1915-1916; high school principal, Ala., 1919-1927; instructor, University of Chicago, 1926-1931; staff, Dictionary of American English, 1925-1944; lecturer, Department of Linguistics, 1951-1957; editor, Dictionary Department, 1944-1956. MemberРeditorial staff, Webster New World Dictionary, after 1957. HonorsРLoubat Award, 1953.  Died February 14, 1985.


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