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Robert Creed ’47

Robert Creed ’47, a professor emeritus of English and a noted Beowulf scholar, died Nov. 21, 2016. He was 90.

Robert served in the Naval Reserve, where he studied and then taught air navigation. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Swarthmore and a master’s and doctorate at Harvard. He taught at Smith College, Brown University, and the State University of New York at Stony Brook before joining the faculty at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst in 1969, where, in addition to teaching, he took on departmental administrative roles including director of graduate studies in English and department chair in comparative literature. He was the recipient of a grant from the American Council of Learned Societies and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at Edinburgh University. He was one of four distinguished faculty lecturers at UMass–Amherst in 1993–94.


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