Laird, Charlton, 1901-1984



  • Existence: March 16, 1901-May 14, 1984

Charlton Grant Laird was born in Nashua, Iowa on March 16, 1901. He received his undergraduate education at the University of Iowa (B.A. 1925; M.A. 1929) and went on to study at Columbia, Stanford (Ph.D. 1940), and Yale. In 1930 and 1931, he was a Traveling Fellow in Europe. Prior to joining the University of Nevada in 1940, he taught at the University of Idaho, Purdue University, and Drake University. From 1945-1968, Laird was a professor of English at the University of Nevada, and was awarded Emeritus status in 1968. Laird was a linguist as well as a novelist and author of numerous scholarly and reference works. He authored numerous publications, including Modern English Handbook with Robert M. Gorrell, Webster 's New World Thesaurus, You and Your Language, The Miracle of Language, Words, Word, Words, Pickett at Gettysburg, and Laird's Promptory. In addition to scholarly works, Laird published two novels, West of the River and Thunder on the River. In 1925, Laird married Floy Davis. They remained married until her death in 1944. In 1945, he remarried to Helene Gent. Helen, a published author herself, co-authored a book, The Tree of Language, with her husband. Helen died in 1979.

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Hilliard Endowment Records

Identifier: AC 0489
Overview The Albert and Emily Hilliard Endowment Records consist of annual reports, correspondence, meeting minutes, nominations for candidates for the chair, exhibit brochures, and publicity material. As visiting Hilliard Scholars, highly recognized professors, authors, and artists have lectured, given literary readings, met with classes, conducted workshops and staged exhibits for UNR students, faculty, and the general public; resumes for many Hilliard Scholars are included in the collection.