Great Expectations

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Dr. Kenneth Robb 1933-2009

Posted by bgsuenglish on July 27, 2009

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We are saddened to report the passing of Dr. Kenneth Robb, emeritus faculty member in Literature, late last week. Ken retired as an associate professor in 1991 after twenty-one years with the Department; he taught courses in linguistics, English as a second language, Victorian literature and contemporary American literature. As with all of our emeritus faculty, Ken helped to form the stellar reputation of the English Department. One of our alumni, Michael O’Neal remembered Ken fondly:

I completed a Ph.D. in English at BG in 1978, and Ken was my dissertation advisor. We also team-taught a course in literary stylistics. He was just an all-around great guy and easy to work with on the dissertation. It was Ken who nominated my dissertation for the university’s Distinguished Dissertation Award, and after the thing won, I used the cash prize to treat myself to a leatherbound edition of Dickens. To this day, when I look at or read one of the volumes, I think of Ken and the terrific experience I had back in the days of Drs. Pretzer, Carpenter, Bashore, Barber, Wymer, Halpern, Klein, Wolfe, Daniels, Harner, Leland and Leland, and others whose names I’m forgetting but whose names no doubt live on in department lore.

Services will be held at Dunn Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 29th, at 11 a.m. with visitation at 10 a.m. The main office will close for a portion of Wednesday morning.

Memorials may be made to Wood County District Public Library, 251 N. Main Street, Bowling Green, OH, or to Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Foundation (Simpson Arboretum), 1291 Conneaut Ave., Bowling Green, OH.

You can read more about Ken’s life and work in the Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune and the Toledo Blade.

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