Larry L. Stewart

Birth Date: 
Friday, April 18, 1941
Date of Passing: 
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

WOOSTER - Larry L. Stewart passed away June 5, 2019, at the Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital. He was born April 18, 1941, in Shenandoah, IA. His parents were Hilda C. and Raymond R. Stewart.

He moved to Wooster in 1967 with his wife Carol to take a one-year position in the Department of English at The College of Wooster. He retired 45 years later in 2012. Larry received his BA from Simpson College, Indianola, IA and his MA and PhD degrees in English from Case- Western Reserve University. At Wooster he taught a variety of courses including 18th century British Literature, Children as Readers, Shakespeare, first-year seminar, the novel, and the short story. He directed over 200 Independent Study projects. Larry was named the Mildred Foss Thompson Professor of English Language and Literature in 1999. Over the years he chaired the English Department and the Comparative Literature Program. He served on the Teaching Staff and Tenure Committee for 25 years. He co-authored A GUIDE TO LITERARY CRITICISM AND RESEARCH which was published in 1986 by Holt,Rinehart & Winston.

Larry was a member of both the Poetic and Linguistics Association and the International Association of Literary Semantics. He presented academic papers not only in the United States but also in England, Scotland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Hungary, Japan, and most recently Iceland.

Larry enjoyed retirement especially communing with the 10:00 am Coffee Group but did miss interacting on a daily basis with eighteen to twenty-two-year-olds. He loved traveling with his wife Carol and telling stories about his Iowa roots. Larry was such a kind, humble, empathetic, generous person-such a gentle soul. He was a man with a keen intellect, quick wit, and a wonderful sense of humor. He touched the lives of so many, making us all better people. He loved his family and was so proud of them.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years Carol; son Greg (Karen) Stewart; daughter, Laurel (Jim) Kane; grandsons, Graham and William Stewart; and sister-in-law Joan (Robert Braddock) French.

His parents, an infant sister Shirley Rae, father and mother-in-law Bud and LaVerne Van Bergen, and sister-in-law Jean Van Bergen preceded him in death.

Gifts to honor Larry's legacy can be written to The College of Wooster and designated for the Larry L. Stewart Endowed Prize in Literature. These gifts should be sent to The College of Wooster, Office of Advancement, 1101 N. Bever Street, Wooster, OH 44691. Other gifts directed to the charity of the donor's choice will be appreciated as well.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2019, at 11:00 am in the Scheide Music center, 525 E. University, Wooster.  The family will greet friends following the service in the music center lobby.

       McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home are handling tharrangements.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com.

 

Memorial Contributions: 

Gifts to honor Larry's legacy can be written to The College of Wooster and designated for the Larry L. Stewart Endowed Prize in Literature. These gifts should be sent to The College of Wooster, Office of Advancement, 1101 N. Bever Street, Wooster, OH 44691. Other gifts directed to the charity of the donor's choice will be appreciated as well.

Visitation: 

Family will greet friends following the service

Service: 

Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the Scheide Music Center, 525 E. University St., Wooster

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Dear Carol and family, I grieve with you as you face a world without Larry. He was one of the first people I met when I interviewed at Wooster, and he remained throughout my tenure at the College a generous and steadfast mentor and colleague for me--and after my own retirement as well. He represented the very best of Wooster and it's English Department. Those who had the privilege of working with him know how humble and magnificent he was. Always fondly, Nancy

So sorry about the death of a Father Husband! God Bless whole Family thru hard time

I wish to echo Nancy Grace's words, despite not having been a member of the English Department. Larry served as a mentor and friend to faculty outside his own home department. My deepest sympathies.

I am so very sorry to hear of Larry's death. I shall miss him greatly at conferences of the Poetics and Linguistics Association, where he was always so friendly to me. I remember in particular how well he chaired my paper in Maribor in 2014, with humour and ironic understatement - I think the two finest qualities a session chair can have. Carol, my thoughts are with you and your family.
Tom Barney
Lancaster, England

Stewart Family, So sorry to hear of Larry's. passing, we were High School class mates and was so looking forward to visiting at our 60th reunion, sympathies to you and your family. Have a Blessed day.

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