Index of Memorial Resolutions and Biographical Sketches
Ralph Read, associate professor of Germanic languages, died on January 20, 1985.
Professor Read was born on August 20, 1939, in Racine, Wisconsin. He earned a bachelor's degree from Antioch College in 1961, and master's and PhD degrees from the University of California at Berkeley in 1963 and 1968, respectively.
He joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 1967. He specialized in modern German literature. A prolific translator, he translated many of the works of Horst Bienek. In 1981 he was awarded a fellowship in translation from the National Endowment for the Arts to support his work.
Professor Read was also recognized for his outstanding teaching. In 1971 he received the Cactus Teaching Excellence Award. In 1976 he was honored with the Harry R. Ransom Award for Teaching Excellence. In 1982 he received the President's Associates Award for Teaching Exellence.
Professor Read began losing his eyesight in 1974, due to diabetes. This led to his 1981 publication of a cookbook, When the Cook Can't Look: A Cookbook for the Blind and Visually Handicapped.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo Acosta and posted on the Faculty Council web site on December 20, 2000. Additional biographical sources can be found in the Barker Texas History Center and the UT Office of Public Affairs.