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Irby Bruce Cauthen, Jr. (born August 24, 1919 in Rock Hill, South Carolina; died May 27, 1994 in Charlottesville)[1] was a professor of English at the University of Virginia. He sang in the Virginia Glee Club during the Glee Club 1940-1941 season.[2]

Cauthen received his bachelors degree from Furman University, then attended the University for his Masters beginning in 1942. His degree interrupted by World War II, where he served in the Army in North Africa and Italy, receiving the Bronze Star, he returned and completed his Ph.D. in 1947. He taught at Hollins College, then returned the University as a professor. He served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for many years, concluding his term in 1978, and taught Shakespeare and English literature at the University until his death. 

Cauthen received the IMP Award in 1964.[3] He was also a recipient of the Raven Society Award, the Algernon Sidney Sullivan Award, and the Thomas Jefferson Award. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the Raven Society, and Omicron Delta Kappa.[1]

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