POUGHKEEPSIE, NY, September 17, 2018 — Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Richard Dean Hathaway, PhD, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Hathaway celebrates many years of experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
With almost 50 years of professional experience, Dr. Richard Dean Hathaway retired in 2001, having been a professor with the State University of New York since 1970, and working as assistant professor to associate professor of the institution from 1962 to 1970. Prior to obtaining these roles, he was an English instructor with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from 1957 to 1962 and executive secretary of the New England Fellowship of Reconciliation from 1953 to 1955. Earlier in his career, Dr. Hathaway was a chief interviewer with the United States Census Bureau from 1952 to 1953 and an English instructor with Oberlin Junior High School from 1949 to 1950. In 1965-1966 Dr. Hathaway went to Jackson, Mississippi's Millsaps College to participate as an associate professor in the first voluntary integration of a college in the deep South.
Dr. Richard Hathaway began his career with the United States Naval Reserve, serving from 1945 to 1946. He then pursued an education, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from Oberlin College in 1949. He then attended Harvard University, completing a Master of Arts in 1952. Dr. Hathaway subsequently earned a Doctor of Philosophy from Western Reserve University in 1964. A respected voice in his community, Dr. Hathaway is the author of “Sylvester Judd's New England” (1981), which is a landmark biography of the Unitarian Minister and American novelist. “Reflections from Silence” (2011) is a book of Dr. Hathaway's religious meditations. He is also currently the co-editor of The Henry James E-Journal and is the creator (1997) and maintainer of the online website The Henry James Scholar's Guide to Web Sites. It is considered the chief Henry James website in the world. Dr. Hathaway's articles have been published in professional and non-professional journals and his poems in journals, magazines, and the Chicago Sunday Tribune. In addition, he is the author and programmer of “Text: A Program About Literature” (1990). Distributed in disc form by McGraw-Hill, it is designed to teach students how to read drama, fiction, and poetry. In the 1980s, McGraw-Hill hired him to do the computer programming, in both Ms-Dos and Apple versions, for the workbooks accompanying John Langan's textbooks: “Reading Skills,” “Sentence Skills,” and “English Skills.” For “Sentence Skills” Dr. Hathaway composed a computerized section on punctuation.
Dr. Hathaway chaired the legislative committee of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Poor People's Campaign in 1968.
Dr. Richard Hathaway recalls his involvement with the Selma march: “On the first day of the Selma march in 1965 there were many hundreds of participants; however, for the next few days the number was limited to fifty. The day before the March 21 start of the march I applied to Dr. King's assistant, Andrew Young, to be one of the fifty and he asked “What is your denomination?” I said I was a Quaker, and he said “We need a Quaker.” So I was permitted to go beyond the first day.” Dr. Hathaway also participated in and organized peace vigils during the Vietnam War, including an Easter Pilgrimage to the Peace Bridge near Niagara Falls. The Quakers in both the U.S. and Canada had been regularly sending medical supplies to war-injured civilians on all sides in the Vietnam War. These Quakers were interested in peace and healing as opposed to supporting a particular side. The Easter Pilgrimage was an act of civil disobedience because in 1966 the U.S. government closed down the American Quakers' Vietnam relief program and even started blocking checks sent to Canadian Quakers. On Easter Sunday 1967 approximately 300 participants, including many non-Quakers, took cash across the Peace Bridge to Canadian Quakers, whose relief program was still active.. In 1971, Dr. Hathaway was the chief organizer of a Quaker peace vigil on the sidewalk in front of the White House. Sponsored by the NY Yearly Meeting of Friends, it began on June 2, 1971 and ran continuously all night and day until August 31, 1971. Those who stood in the vigil line were expected to maintain silence. The vigil had only one sign – it said “Quaker Vigil for Peace.” The vigil was noticed in newspaper articles and editorials even west of the Mississippi.
Throughout his career, Dr. Hathaway has been recognized for his contributions. He has been featured in numerous honors publications, including multiple editions of Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who in the East, and Who's Who in the World. Dr. Hathaway is a member of the Modern Language Association and the Religious Society of Friends.
Dr. Hathaway is the son of Dale and Edith Hathaway. Edith, her father, and grandmother were also Oberlin students. Dr. Hathaway has been married to Viola since 1978. By his first wife, Shirley, he has a daughter (Linda Ellis) and a son (Bruce) and five great grandchildren.
In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Richard Dean Hathaway, PhD has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit https://wwlifetimeachievement.com/2018/08/19/richard-hathaway/ for more information about this honor.
Photo caption: Martin Luther King, Jr and Andrew Young in front row. Richard Hathaway at rear (top) wearing glasses. Sunday, March 21, 1965. First roadside rest stop on Selma march. Lei placed on Dr. King by Hawaii delegation.
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