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Kohler, Dayton M., 1906-1972



  • Existence: 1906 - 1972

Biographical Note

Dayton McCue Kohler, son of Edwin and Bertha Kohler, was born in Pennsylvania on September 24, 1906. The 1910 and 1920 censuses list the family living in Wormleysburg (Cumberland County), Pennsylvania. The younger Kohler graduated from Gettysburg College with a bachelor's degree in 1928 and obtained his master's degree at the University of Virginia in 1929. That same year, Kohler was hired by Virginia Tech as an instructor of English. By 1932, Kohler had been promoted to assistant professor. The 1946 university academic catalog lists him as an associate professor beginning in 1946, and professor in 1957. Kohler retired in 1970 and was named professor emeritus of English.

Kohler married Jean Stewart Ogden in 1937, and they had two children Peter and Stewart, before divorcing in 1956. At the time of his death, on February 1, 1972, he was a resident of Fredericksburg, Virginia.

External sources:

U.S. Federal Censuses, 1910-1950

"Dayton McCue Kohler" in the Virginia, U.S., Divorce Records, 1918-2014,,, accessed Feb. 27, 2024.

"Dayton Mccue Kohler" in the Virginia, U.S., Death Records, 1912-2014,,, accessed Feb. 27, 2024.

"Dayton M Kohler",,, accessed Feb. 27, 2024.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Dayton M. Kohler Papers

Identifier: Ms-1971-002

This collection contains the papers of Dayton M. Kohler (1906-1972), a professor of English at Virginia Tech and an authority on modern American literature. Includes correspondence from noted authors, typescript drafts of essay-reviews for Masterplots, manuscripts of articles written by Kohler, and a collection of materials associated with various authors.

Dates: 1889 - 1971

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