Born 7 January 1935 in Memphis, Tennessee; son of H. Glen Burton and Rosalie Burton, deceased; high school diploma 1952 from Central High School, Charlotte, N. C., B.A. 1956 from David Lipscomb College, and M.A. 1958 and Ph.D. 1966 from Vanderbilt University; member of the Department of English of East Tennessee State University 1958 with the rank of full professor 1967 until retirement 1995. Professor Emeritus 1996.
Tom Burton's 16-mm films are in the archives of East Tennessee State University. .