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K. Carter Wheelock

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K. Carter Wheelock K. Carter Wheelock, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Spanish, former Associate Dean of Humanities at The University of Texas, and an Austin resident since 1950, died Aug. 31, 2013, after a brief illness, at the age of 89. He was married for 68 years to Ernestine Gibson Wheelock of Petersburg, TX, a former editor of The University of Texas alumni magazine Alcalde. He was a member of University Baptist Church, where he had served as a Sunday school teacher, a deacon and a chair of deacons. He grew up in Lubbock, of which his grandfather Frank E. Wheelock was a co-founder and first mayor. He earned B.A. and M.A. degrees at Texas Tech University (1948, 1950) and a Ph.D. at UT-Austin in 1966, where he taught Spanish-American literature until his retirement in 1994. He was the recipient of a prestigious university teaching award and of numerous grants, including a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to create a department of English at La Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia. He authored publications in the field of Spanish-American literature, including a book, The Mythmaker (University of Texas Press), one of the first to explore the fiction of Argentinian author Jorge Luis Borges. Borges immortalized Dr. Wheelock by naming one of his characters, a literary critic, after him. Before beginning a career in teaching, Dr. Wheelock served in the U.S. Navy (1943-46) aboard the battleship USS Pennsylvania and saw action in 11 battles in the Pacific Theatre. He was employed as a speechwriter in the office of former Texas Atty. Gen. John Ben Shepperd 1951-1956, and was associate editor of the TIPRO Report, an oil industry trade magazine 1956-1959. He is survived by his wife; two children: Ann Wheelock Friou (Tom Friou) and David C. Wheelock (Mary Helen Hunter), both of Austin; and three grandchildren: Meredith and Monica Wheelock and Benjamin Friou, all of Austin. A memorial service will be held at Ten O'clock in the Morning Thursday, September 5th, at University Baptist Church, 2130 Guadalupe (validated parking available in the church's garage on Nueces). In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the University Baptist Church Memorial Fund. Condolences may be sent to www.cookwaldenfuneralhome.com


Published in Austin American-Statesman from Sept. 3 to Sept. 4, 2013
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