Biographies

Charles Bowen

Charles Bowen


  • Bellairsian Connection
    • Longtime friend of Bellairs.
    • Students at Notre Dame (1955-59).
    • Co-author, "Escape" column for ND Scholastic (1959).
  • Education
    • BA, English, Notre Dame
    • MA English, Yale
    • Ph.D., Celtic Languages and Literature, Harvard
Has more than 20 years teaching experience in English at the Carnegie Institute of Technology and at the University of Massachusetts at Boston as well as over 15 years as a technical writer for Wang Laboratories. Through his years of academic study and voracious reading, Charlie's knowledge of history, Latin, and literature is quite remarkable.

Charlie enjoys playing the banjo, reading mysteries novels from a wide range of authors, American history (especially WWII and the Civil War) as well as European history (particularly Eastern Europe and the Balkan countries). Charlie’s hair is bushy and white and he has a full beard that is older than anyone on staff at Bellairsia. Currently retired, he and his wife reside in Massachusetts.

 

Alan Dowty

Alan Dowty


  • Bellairsian Connection
    • Instructor with Bellairs at Shimer College (1966-67).
    • Dedicated his first book to the Shimer College dissidents of 1966-1967.
  • Education
    • BA, Shimer College, 1959
    • MA, Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1963
Professor of Political Science, specialized in international relations, the Arab-Israel conflict, and Israeli politics. He has published six books and over one hundred articles. Most recently he was a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, at Oxford University.

Links:

 

Dale Fitschen

Dale Fitschen


  • Bellairsian Connection
    • Longtime friend of Bellairs.
    • Husband of illustrator Marilyn Fitschen.
    • Roommate with Bellairs for one summer at the University of Chicago in Hyde Park.
    • First reader and editor of Bellairs' first four books.
    • Dedicate, The Pedant and the Shuffly (1966).
  • Education
    • BA, Washington University, St Louis, MO, fine arts & literature.
    • Graduate work for MA, Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL
    • Graduate work for Ph.D, Committee on Social Thought, U. Chicago
High school cartoonist. Thirty years experience in public transportation operations, planning, and funding. Twenty-five years of involvement in music performance, particularly early music. President of the Oak Park Recorder School, long time board member, and past president of the Chicago Chapter of the American Recorder Society, and member of the Oak Park Recorder Society, and Musicke’s Merrie Companions.

 

Norbert Geier

Norbert Geier


  • Bellairsian Connection
    • Instructor alongside Bellairs at the College of Saint Teresa, 1963-65.
  • Education
    • Bachelor of Naval Science, Notre Dame
    • BA, Notre Dame
    • MA, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Geier had more than 40 years teaching experience in English at the College of Saint Teresa (1950-54, 1957-1967) and University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (1967-1990). He died in 2005.

 

Gerald Kadish

Gerald Kadish


  • Bellairsian Connection
    • Longtime friend of Bellairs.
    • Students at University of Chicago (1960s).
    • Dedicate, The Curse of the Blue Figurine (1983).
  • Education
    • Ph.D., University of Chicago

 

John Murphy

John Murphy


  • Bellairsian Connection
    • Instructor alongside Bellairs at the College of Saint Teresa (Winona, Minnesota) and Merrimack College (North Andover, Massachusetts).
  • Education
    • BA, English, Notre Dame
    • MA English, Yale
    • Ph.D., Celtic Languages and Literature, Harvard
Murphy is a professor of American Literature, specializing in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century literature. He has been a member of the board of governors of the Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial and Education Foundation for the last eleven years and has edited the Cather Newsletter (a quarterly journal with 1700 subscribers) for the last six years. He is co-editor of Literature and Belief and serves on the editorial boards of Western American Literature and University of Nebraska Press's scholarly edition of Cather. He has published dozens of articles in books and leading academic journals.

 

Alfred Myers


  • Bellairsian Connection
    • Longtime friend of Bellairs.
    • Classmates with Bellairs at Notre Dame (1955-59) and University of Chicago (1960).
  • Education
    • BA, Business, Notre Dame
    • MA, Business, University of Chicago
After college, spent 3 years in the Navy where he sailed the seven seas visiting such exotic locales as Djibouti, Karachi, and Bahrain. After his tour of duty, he settled down by taking a position with General Motors where he traveled extensively throughout Latin America, Africa and Spain. In hindsight, Al thinks he probably should have pursued a liberal arts education in English or some other such animal for that is obviously where his interests are today. Possesses a staggering amount of information on the fine arts (particularly opera, theatre and classical music) as well as current events of the 60s and 70s.

Quite the music connoisseur (has amassed a collection of over 5,000 CDs), enjoys classical music and opera, is also an avid film buff and enjoys watching the Sopranos on HBO. Al is retired and lives in Florida with his wife and two Maine coon beauties, Diablo and The Duchess of Timberwind. He died in 2016.