Wardle, Ralph M.
Ralph M. Wardle was a professor of English at the Municipal University of Omaha and its successor the University of Nebraska at Omaha from 1938 until 1976, serving as chair of the English department for most of that time. After retiring from UNO, he taught at Creighton University in Omaha for five years. After retiring from Creighton, he taught at Tabor Academy in Massachusetts until 1987, the year before his death. He authored many books in the field of English literature, including works about Oliver Goldsmith, Mary Wollstonecraft, and William Hazlett. UNO awarded him the 1974 Excellence in Teaching Award and named a professorship after him, the Ralph Wardle Diamond Professor of Arts and Sciences. He held both a M.A. (1934) and Ph.D. (1940) from Harvard University, where he served as a professor and tutor prior to coming to OU. He passed away in 1988.