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Jake Kobler, Professor Emeritus, former co-chair, Department of English

Jake Kobler, professor emeritus, Department of English, obituaryJake Kobler, Professor Emeritus of English, died Jan. 4. He was 84.

Kobler was a member of the English Department from 1964 to 1994.

Kobler taught composition, rhetoric and American literature, specializing in works by Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

His publications included articles in Modern Fiction Studies, Arizona Quarterly, Fitzgerald/Hemingway Annual and Studies in Short Fiction.

He was active in the College English Association, Conference of College Teachers of English, Texas Association of College Teachers and South Central Modern Language Association.

He was a member of the Faculty Senate, chair of the Academic Affairs Committee and chair of the Committee for the Evaluation of Administrators. Kobler served on the University Tenure Committee, University Task Force on Mission and Goals, University Athletic Council, Graduate Council, Arts and Sciences Graduate Curriculum Committee and the Steering Committee for the Selection of a President.

Kobler received a bachelor’s degree in English education and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Louisiana State University, a master’s degree from the University of Houston and a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin.

He previously taught at the University of Houston and the University of Texas.

He was a reporter for the Shreveport Times, Houston Chronicle and United Press. Kobler also worked for the Department of Defense and Shell Oil.

Kobler was a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Posted on: Wed 09 January 2013

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