The obituary for William Milne Holton on Jan. 19 misstated his first name. (Published 01/20/2000)

Walter Milne Holton, 68, a professor emeritus in the English department at the University of Maryland who retired from the faculty last year, died of heart disease Jan. 17 at Sibley Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Holton joined the English faculty at Maryland in 1961, and he was widely known for his books of translations of Serbian, Macedonian and Eastern European poetry. In 1970, he was a Fulbright professor at Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Yugoslavia.

He was the author of "Cylinder of Vision," a study of Stephen Crane, and he had written several articles and reviews and translations. He had delivered lectures and papers in the United States and Europe. In 1965 and '66, he was a Fulbright lecturer at Uppsala University in Sweden.

Recently, he had been appointed Fulbright professor to a university at Olomouc in the Czech Republic.

A resident of Washington, Dr. Holton was born in Winston-Salem, N.C., and he grew up in Chattanooga, Tenn. He graduated from Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School. But he decided after a brief legal career that he preferred literature, and he received a doctorate in English at Yale.

At Maryland, he served on doctoral, master's and undergraduate dissertation and thesis committees in the departments of English, French, Music, American Studies and in the comparative literature program. He was coauthor of a new English honors program and a revision of the doctoral program and was chairman of the Modernist Discipline Group in the English department.

He was a member of PEN, the James Joyce Foundation, the Stephen Crane Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies and the Cosmos Club.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Sylvia Wallace Holton of Washington.