William "Bert" Wilson (1933-2016)
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Posted by: Shannon K. Larson
William "Bert" Wilson, folklorist and professor emeritus of English at Brigham Young University, died on Monday, April 25. He was born in 1933 in Tremonton, Utah.
William A. Wilson was past president of the Association for Mormon Letters, served as chair of the BYU English department and as director of the BYU Folklore Archives. He also served as editor of Western Folklore and on the executive board of the American Folklore Society and as president of the Utah Folklore Society. He published widely on topics ranging from folklore and nationalism in Finland to the folklore of the Mormons. Wilson directed the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University and the Folklore Program at Utah State University, where he developed the annual Fife Folklore Conference. His research interests took him to Finland, the American West, and to his own Mormon culture (from Brigham Young University's Mormon Literature Database).
George Schoemaker, "On Being Human: The Legacy of William A. Wilson," Westminstercollege.edu, http://people.westminstercollege.edu/faculty/dstanley/folklor
Peggy Fletcher Stack, "King of Mormon folklore, Bert Wilson, a legend in his own right, dies, but all those tales live on," The Salt Lake Tribune (April 28, 2016), http://www.sltrib.com/blogs/3832821-155/king-of-mormon-folklore-bert-wilson
"William 'Bert' Wilson Obituary," Utah Valley Mortuary (April 2016), http://www.utahvalleyfuneral.com/obituaries/William-Bert-Wilson/#!/Obituary