University professor of English. Born– October 14, 1919, Nashville, Tenn. Parents– Gaines Stanley and May (Riley) Dobbins. Married– Mary Denmead Willis, 1947. Children– Two. Education– Mississippi College, B.A., 1941; University of North Carolina, M.A., 1948; Ph.D., 1950. Served in U. S. Army, WWII, 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.  Awarded status of professor emeritus on his retirement at Samford, 1986. Died May 30, 2006.


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