Air force officer, university professor, dean. Born– February 13, 1918, Yazoo City, Miss. Parents– Joseph Boxley and Sheila (Hill) Roberts. Married– Rose Nell Dixon, 1939 (divorced, 1944). Children–one. Married–Enyd Turner, November 19, 1945. Children– one. Education– University of Alabama, B.A., 1950; University of North Carolina, M.A., 1954; University of Denver, Ph.D., 1959. Served as enlisted man, U.S. Army Air Force, 1942-1943; officer in U.S. Air Force, 1951-1968; retired with rank of lieutenant colonel.¬†Taught at U.S. Military Academy, 1953-1956; U.S. Air Force Academy, 1956-1963; director of the information office for aerospace research in Washington, 1963-1966; chief of operations of the psychological operations directorate in Vietnam, 1966-1967. Taught at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, 1950; Troy State University, 1968-81. At Troy, department chairman and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Wrote weekly newspaper column, “It Seems to Me,” 1973-1979. Member Modern Language Association, National Council of Teachers of English, and other professional organizations.


Contemporary Authors online; Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, 1980-1981; Marquis who’s who online


Airway to India. New York; Central African Division, Air Transport Command, 1945.

Beginner’s Handbook of Gold and Tropical Fish. Washington, D.C.; Denlinger, 1947.

Faint Voice Calling. New York; Hippogryph Press, 1945.

Of Time and Love.  Troy State University Press, 1980.

The Pet Shop Manual. Fond du Lac, Wis.; All-Pet Books, 1953.

Web of Life. Boston; Bruce Humphries, 1957.


On Poetry and the Poetic Process. Troy, Ala.; Troy State University Press, 1971.

On Poetry and the Poetic Process. Troy, Ala.; Troy State University Press. 1980.


The Sound of Wings; Readings for the Air Age. New York; Holt, 1957.