2008 National Conference » Speakers

Donald Sigurdson Willis

Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado

Dr. Donald Sigurdson Willis was born in Astoria, Oregon, June 16, 1917. He received his BA in 1943 and his PhD in 1951, both at the University of Washington. His teaching career consist of: research assistant at the University of Washington, 1942, 46-48; assistant professor, associate professor Oriental languages University Oregon, Eugene, 1948-62; professor Chinese and Japanese, chairman department Slavic, Eastern languages University Colorado, Boulder, 1962-65, chairman department Oriental languages and lits., 1965-77, chairman department Oriental and Slavic languages and lit., 1977—; also director Center East Asian Studies, 1966-70, 72-75; professor, head department Asian languages University Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, 1970-71; professor University Pittsburgh Semester-at-Sea, 1981; professor emeritus University Colorado, 1982. Dr. Willis was a consultant in Asian languages at New Zealand Ministry Education, 1970-1971; and China tour study leader for the Smithsonian Institution in 1982. He contributes articles to professional journals and among his awards are the Chinese Ministry Education fellow, 1947-48, and the Ford Foundation fellow, Japan, 1955-56. He served in the U.S. Army in 1935-38 and the U.S. Navy, 1942-45.

Speaker Events

Thursday, July 3

Walking Tour of US Navy Japanese Language School/University of Colorado, 1942-1946
Robert Bruns
David Hays, Archivist, University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries
Donald Sigurdson Willis, Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: University of Colorado at Boulder - Reception Desk, University Memorial Center
Topic: General Activity