Index of Memorial Resolutions and Biographical Sketches
WILLIS W. PRATT
Willis W. Pratt, professor emeritus of English, died on October 16, 1991. He was 83.
Professor Pratt was born on August 20, 1908, in Los Angeles, California. He received three degrees from Cornell University, a bachelor's in 1930, a master's in 1931, and a PhD in 1935.
Dr. Pratt joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 1935. He specialized in the English Romantics and was known for his scholarship on Byron, Shelley, and Blake. Professor Pratt collaborated with T. G. Steffan on the highly regarded Byron's Don Juan. He also published poetry in The Southwest Review and The Texas Quarterly.
Professor Pratt helped establish Plan II, the University's undergraduate honors program, by serving as chairman of the committee on Plan II from 1949 to 1955. He was director of Plan II from 1950 to 1962 and again from 1970 to 1973. He also served as associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts from 1962 to 1968.
In 1986 Professor Pratt was recognized with the Pro Bene Meritis Award from the College of Liberal Arts. During that same year, the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System established the Willis Pratt Endowed Scholarship in Plan II.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo Acosta and posted on the Faculty Council web site on January 18, 2001. Additional biographical sources can be found in the Barker Texas History Center and the UT Office of Public Affairs.