The department of Germanic languages and literatures at the UI has received a gift of $10,000 to endow a fund in memory of UI professor emeritus Ernst Alfred Philippson, who died a year ago at age 92. The gift was made by Philippson's son and daughter, E. Benno Philippson of Portland, Ore., and Susanne Philippson Curcic of Princeton, N.J. Income from the endowment, which includes other smaller gifts made in Philippson's memory by friends and colleagues, will provide an annual award or awards to UI doctoral students in Germanic languages and literatures in support of travel and research abroad. The Philippson children also donated to the department the major part of their father's personal library, including more than 2,000 volumes plus hundreds of reprints of scholarly essays. The donation, valued at $14,000, will form the basis of a departmental reading room to be named in Philippson's honor. Philippson, a native of Moenchengladbach, in the Rhineland region of Germany, was "an internationally renowned scholar in our field and beyond," said James McGlathery, head of the UI department of Germanic languages and literatures. "His doctoral thesis, published in 1923, is still recognized 70 years later as the classic study of the folk-tale type of the haughty princess," McGlathery said. Philippson's other books include a study of Germanic heathenism among the Anglo-Saxons and a genealogy of the gods in the religion, mythology and theology of the Germanic peoples. From 1957 to 1971, Philippson was a managing editor of the Journal of English and Germanic Philology, "one of the oldest and most respected scholarly journals in the United States," McGlathery said. And, from 1956 to 1972, Philippson was the American editor for a series of texts of the late Middle Ages and early modern period published in Germany. He also co-edited a scholarly edition of a famous anthology of German poetry from the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Philippson earned his doctorate from the University of Cologne in 1922. He passed the Prussian State Examination for Teachers in Higher Education with majors in German, English and History in 1924, and was appointed by the University of Cologne to junior faculty standing in English philology in 1928. In addition, he served in a junior position at the Deutsches Seminar of that university from 1923 to 1931, with a year away as lecturer at the University of Wisconsin in 1928-29. In 1931, Philippson, accompanied by his wife, Margarete Josephine, came to the United States to lecture at The Ohio State University. Because of the political changes at German universities, he asked for an extended leave of absence from Cologne, spending 1933 to 1935 on private research in New York City and officially resigning from Cologne in 1937. In the meantime, he had been appointed an assistant professor of German at the University of Michigan in 1935, a position he held for 12 years. Philippson joined the UI in 1947 and became a full professor in 1951. He was an associate member of the university's Center for Advanced Study in 1965-66. Subsequent to his retirement in 1968, he earned a second doctoral diploma from the University of Cologne in 1972, the first doctoral alumnus to be so honored by that university's humanities faculty. Contributions to the Ernst Alfred Philippson Graduate Research Travel Fund may be made payable to "UIF/LAS Annual Development Fund - German" and sent to the UI Foundation, Harker Hall, MC-386.