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Donald A. Murray

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Donald Alan Murray (1912-1977) was a professor and long-time chairman of the Department of Modern Languages at Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin. He held degrees from Dartmouth College (BA, 1933), Harvard University (MA, 1935), and Stanford University (PhD, 1952). During WWII he served as a cryptographer and counter intelligence agent in the American and Pacific theaters. Don's academic work focused on comparative Romance languages and literature, in particular the Spanish Golden Age and the figure of Don Juan across European literature. He translated numerous works from Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese.

Donald A. Murray was a Modern Languages professor at Beloit College from 1936-1976, during which he kept a diary detailing his life at the college and college happenings.

The diary itself covers the the years 1962-1977 and describes a variety of topics including the development of the Beloit Plan, development of an underclassmen common course, department hiring, his seminars, the resignation of Miller Upton, the college’s financial problems, and the beginning of Martha Peterson’s presidency.