Douglas N. Archibald, 1951
Douglas N. Archibald ’51 is an esteemed professor, scholar and administrator, who, in his many years in higher education, has influenced hundreds of students in their appreciation of literature and their command of the English language. Douglas was selected as the member of his senior class who had "done most" for Vermont Academy, evidenced by his activities as Editor-In-chief of VA Life, member of VASA, and Marshal of the Junior Class.
Following his graduation from VA, Douglas went on to Dartmouth, graduating in 1955 with a bachelor's degree in English. He received both his master's degree and his doctorate in English from the University of Michigan. Douglas began his career as a professor of English at Cornell University, where he served as an assistant professor and assistant dean. Since the early '70s, he has been a faculty member of Colby college, serving in many capacities. Between 1973-79, he served as chairman of the Colby English Department, a position he recently took on again; between 1982-88, he served as dean of faculty and vice president for academic affairs of the college.
Douglas is a specialist in Anglo-Irish history and culture, the work of W.B. Yeats, and issues of literary influence and history. His study of John Butler Yeats, painter, writer, conversationalist, and father of famous sons, was published by the Bucknell University Press in 1973. His book about one of those sons, the poet William Butler Yeats, was published in the spring of 1982. His edition of Yeats's Autobiographies, v.III of The Collected Works, was published in 1999. In addition to his several books, Douglas has written essays about literary influence, literary history, and the relationship between literature, politics and psychology for journals such as New Literary History, the Massachusetts Review, and the Colby Quarterly, which he edits.