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IN MEMORIAM

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.

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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.