Hedges, William L(eonard) 1923–2005

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Hedges, William L(eonard) 1923–2005

OBITUARY NOTICE—See index for CA sketch: Born February 16, 1923, in Arlington, MA; died May 5, 2005, in Sykesville, MD. Educator and author. Hedges was a former English professor and chair of American studies at Goucher College. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, he returned to his studies to complete a B.A. at Haverford College in 1946. He then went on to earn a Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1954. Except for an early start as an English instructor at the University of Wisconsin at Madison during the mid-1950s, Hedges spent his entire academic career at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. He began as an assistant professor there in 1956, working his way up to full professor in 1967 and serving as head of the English department during the late 1960s and again from 1977 to 1978. He was named head of the college's American studies program in 1972. Hedges also contributed to scholarly books and professional journals and was the author of Washington Irving: An American Study, 1802–1832 (1965).



Chronicle of Higher Education, May 27, 2005, p. A40.