Commemorating Dr. Robert O. Perry (Lock Haven University Associate Professor Emeritus)
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I found out in the alumnus Perspective yesterday that one of my very favorite instructors has passed away, Nov. 6 2005.
He used to call me 'Young Furnish'. I'm extremely upset that I will never get to visit him should I ever get to the campus, and it makes me feel VERY bad that I never have gotten back since graduating with my second degree there in '94 (my first was in '88).
His specialty was British Literature, particularly Renaissance, 16/17th Century, Shakespeare. I took 17th Century Literature with him as well as a Shakespeare course. He made me much of the teacher that I am. I will ALWAYS be grateful to him.
I have lost ALMOST ALL of my professors at LHU. ALMOST ALL of them have passed away! There are VERY FEW left! What few are left are retired. Should I revisit LHU, there would be an almost entirely different faculty.
This is a very difficult thing for me because virtually my entire family is also dead. What a predicament!
Well, this happens to some of us, and I suppose I'll have to build my whole own world. With no plans to have children, I'm going to have to become vastly more social!
He was a real personality and loved his subject, and he converted me into a Shakespeare lover. He made me appreciate the Renaissance for what it was, and helped me to truly understand Mr. Bill and his works, and the times and events surrounding their creation. He taught me about the Tribe of Ben and about the origins of creativity, in the context of William Shakespeare.
He was a very nice man, and a very good man. He knew me well, and I am proud to say that he will live in my memory with real vibrance.