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Professor Richard Mallette Memorial Details

Distinguished Service Professor of English, Emeritus Richard “Rick” Mallette died on Monday, March 25, 2019

Professor Mallette was a widely respected member of our faculty for more than two decades from 1991 to 2014. Hired as Chair of the Department of English, he was appointed the Distinguished Service Professor of English in 1997. He taught a variety of courses in the English curriculum, including Renaissance poetry and prose, Religion and Literature, Milton, and his beloved Shakespeare– his lifelong subject of greatest professional and personal interest. A remarkable teacher, he was devoted to his students and had a rare ability to connect with them.  In 1999, he was awarded the Trustee Award for Teaching Excellence.

A central figure in the English department throughout his tenure, Professor Mallette was completely dedicated to the College. Valued for his wisdom, wit, and hard work, he served on numerous campus committees and, in his final four years here, as Associate Dean of the Faculty.

A noted scholar, he attained broad recognition as the author of Spenser, Milton, and the Renaissance Pastoral (Bucknell University Press, 1981) and Spenser and the Discourses of Reformation England (University of Nebraska Press, 1977).  A native of Connecticut, he graduated from Boston College and earned both MA and PhD degrees from Harvard.  Before coming to Lake Forest College, he taught briefly at M.I.T. and Vanderbilt, and for more than a decade at Millsaps College (1980-1991).

With his unforgettable wit and steadfast dedication, Professor Rick Mallette will be fondly remembered and sorely missed by our community and a wide circle of admiring friends extending well beyond our campus. 

A Celebration of Life will be held on campus, Saturday, May 4, 2019. We will start with a remembrance ceremony from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Chapel, followed by a reception at 12:30 p.m. at Glen Rowan House on Middle Campus. We anticipate the opportunity for those in attendance to share brief memories and reflections at the remembrance ceremony. All alumni and friends are invited.