Skip to main content Skip to search Skip to search results

Whalen, William J. (William Joseph), 1926-2008



  • Existence: January 1, 1926 - March 25, 2008

Biographical Information

William "Bill" Whalen was born in Michigan City, Indiana. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Marquette University and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. Whalen also attended the University of Notre Dame, from where he joined United States Navy in 1943. He married Mary Beth Sell in 1954, with which he had five children. Whalen joined Purdue University in 1950, where he directed publications and taught journalism. In 1960, he helped to create the Purdue University Press, serving as its director until his retirement in 1992. Whalen was also authored or co-wrote a dozen books and several hundred articles during his career.


Whalen, William J. Lafayette Journal and Courier. March 26, 2008. Retrieved online May 8, 2008.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

William Whalen papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 100
Scope and Contents The William Whalen papers includes personal correspondence and materials created during Whalen’s service during and after World War II, as well as a small number of assorted documents related to his time as director of the Purdue University Press.
Dates: 1943 - 1991; Majority of material found within 1943 - 1947