College of Arts and Sciences

In Memoriam: English Professor Emeritus Kenneth S. Rothwell

Release Date: 11-10-2010

Author: Craig E Wells
Email: Craig.Wells@uvm.edu
Phone: 802/656-3702 Fax: (802) 656-3203

The College of Arts and Sciences has learned that Kenneth Sprague Rothwell, Professor Emeritus of English, passed away on Monday, November 8th. In reflecting on Dr. Rothwell, English department Professor and Chair Tony Magistrale remembers their first meeting:

"When I arrived at UVM in 1981, fresh out of graduate school and more than just a little intimidated, Prof. Ken Rothwell was one of the first people in the UVM English department I met. He certainly fit the bill as the archetypical English professor. The department's resident Shakespearean, his white beard and hair and eloquent speech patterns made Rothwell appear as if he was on loan from a production of King Lear. He scared the hell out of me. At least at first. Then, I got to know him and learned that there was really a kind and gentle man underneath all that professorial plumage. And that he was exceptionally funny as well as erudite. At department meetings and social gatherings, Prof. Rothwell seemed to assume the role of featured speaker; he could rise up in indignation during a procedural debate, just as easily as he could engage in self-parody, and you weren't always certain which Rothwell had the floor. As he got older, Ken's involvement with the department lessened slowly and by degrees, although I always got the sense that he was pulling out reluctantly. His tremendous scholarly output long past his retirement from UVM suggests that this was true in every aspect of his professional life. I was proud to call him my colleague and friend."

Services are planned at St. Paul's Cathedral on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. and a reception will follow at St. Paul's. There are no visiting hours. Interment of ashes will be in the churchyard of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Westchester Square in the Bronx, New York City, at a date to be determined. Contributions in his memory may be made to The Lyn Gregg Rothwell Nursing Scholarship Fund at the University of Vermont, c/o Development and Alumni Relations, 411 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401. To send online condolences, please visit www.readyfuneral.com.

Prof. Rothwell's obituary in the Burlington Free Press.

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