Stevens, William Oliver (1878–1955)
Author and educator who wrote on parapsychology. Stevens
was born on October 7, 1878, in Rangoon, Burma. Stevens
studied at Colby College, Waterville, Maine (B.A., 1899) and
Yale University (Ph.D., 1903). He taught English for many
years at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland
(1905–24), and then successively was the headmaster of
Roger Ascham School, White Plains, New York (1924–27);
headmaster of Cranbrook School, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
(1927–35); and dean of the School of Literature and Journalism,
Oglethorpe University (1936–37).
Out of his interest in parapsychology, Stevens joined the
American Society for Psychical Research. He wrote many
books on naval history and other subjects, including psychic research.
He died January 16, 1955.
Sources
Pleasants, Helene, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology.
New York Helix Press, 1964.
Stevens, William O. Beyond the Sunset. New York Dodd,
Mead, 1944.
———. Mystery of Dreams. New York Dodd, Mead, 1949. Reprint,
London Allen & Unwin, 1950.
———. Psychics and Common Sense. New York Dodd, Mead,
1945.
———. Unbidden Guests. N.p., 1945.

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