[Milton-L] John Shawcross obituary

David Ainsworth dainsworth at as.ua.edu
Fri Mar 11 10:36:56 EST 2011

Thank you for the link, Steve.

Adding to the present tribute (and to John's list of accomplishments) 
seems futile, but I can still remember meeting him formally for the 
first time after a Newberry Milton seminar.  I was ABD at the time and 
had attended the seminar before.  On the way out of the library together 
in a conversational cluster of Milton scholars, John singled me out by 
name and introduced himself to me.  I was moved from shock of one sort 
("how does this stranger know me?") to shock of another ("why would John 
Shawcross bother to know me?"), though looking back the second question 
seems more foolish than the first.

John's scholarly adopted children far outnumber his grand-nieces and 
nephews.  We are diminished by his passing.


On 3/10/2011 9:17 AM, Steve Fallon wrote:
> I've found a link for John Shawcross' obituary in this morning's
> /Lexington Herald/.
> http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kentucky/obituary.aspx?n=john-thomas-shawcross&pid=149165841
> <http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kentucky/obituary.aspx?n=john-thomas-shawcross&pid=149165841>
> I have nothing to add to the tributes offered already to the list,
> except to add my name to the list of Miltonists who were the
> beneficiaries of John's encouragement and kindness at the beginning of
> our careers.
> Steve Fallon

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