THOMAS MABRY CRANFILL
Thomas Mabry Cranfill, professor emeritus of
English, died on January 2, 1995, in Austin. He was 81.
Professor Cranfill was born on July 20, 1913,
in Dallas, Texas. He earned his bachelor's degree from The University
of Texas at Austin in 1934. He was awarded master's and PhD degrees
from Harvard University in 1937 and 1944, respectively. 1
He joined the faculty of the University in 1945.
Dr. Cranfill specialized in Shakespeare and
the literature of the Renaissance and served as an editor of the
Texas Quarterly, a nationally known review of literature.
With Robert L. Clark Jr., he published An Anatomy of 'The Turn
of the Screw,' a study of the Henry James masterpiece.
Professor Cranfill twice held a Fulbright-Hays
Fellowship in Mexico. He organized the Mexican modern graphics
collection for General Motors of Mexico and a Latin American art
collection for Braniff International. Dr. Cranfill began his personal
collection of more than 1,000 pieces of American, European, Latin
American, and oriental art in 1958. He donated the Cranfill Collection
to the Humanities Research Center. Works of art in the Cranfill
Collection include paintings, prints, etchings, woodcuts, and
lithographs by Matisse, Picasso, Sully, Duveneck, and Toledo.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo Acosta and posted
on the Faculty Council web site on November 17, 2000. Additional
biographical sources can be found in the Barker Texas History
Center and the UT Office of Public Affairs.
1 Sentence revised
for clarity on January 30, 2002.