Douglas Knight

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Douglas Maitland Knight (June 8, 1921 – January 23, 2005) was an American educator, businessman and author. He was a former president of both Lawrence University and Duke University.[1]

Knight was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and received three degrees in English from Yale University. He taught literature at Yale and became president of Lawrence University in 1953. From 1963 to 1969, he was president of Duke University.[1]

In 1969, Knight went to work for RCA Corporation. At RCA, he was the vice president of Educational Development from 1969-1971 and president of RCA Iran in 1971. In 1976, he took a position as president of the Questar Corporation, a producer of high-precision lenses.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c "Douglas Maitland Knight, 1921-2005". Lawrence University. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Douglas M. Knight, Fifth Duke President, Dies at 83". Office of News and Communications, Duke University. 23 January 2005. 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Nathan M. Pusey
President of
Lawrence University

Succeeded by
Curtis William Tarr