Biographical / Historical
Leona "Lee" Goebel was born on July 12, 1923 in Morristown, New Jersey, to Leona Goebel and Gordon Goebel. As a child, Goebel received her nickname in order to distinguish her from her mother, Leona Goebel, and her maternal grandmother, Leona Timmons. Goebel graduated from Yale College in 1946 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. After graduating from Yale, Goebel traveled to Europe to continue her studies in music. Goebel toured throughout Europe, studying opera, choral music, and piano, and traveled to Salzburg, Austria; Frankfurt, Germany; Rome, Italy; and Basel, Switzerland. Goebel performed with the Basel Opera from 1957 until 1960, when she returned to Yale for graduate studies.Though Goebel began her graduate coursework at Yale, she transferred to Columbia University and continued her education there from 1963 to 1967. In 1967, she completed her dissertation and earned a PhD in English and Comparative Literature. After earning her doctorate, Goebel continued to contribute to academia, as she lectured at Western Michigan University, the University of North Carolina, Sacred Heart University, and finally, at Yale University for four years.