Obituary: Charlotte K. Spivack, Professor Emerita of English

Charlotte Spivack (1988 photo)

Charlotte K. Spivack, 87, of Amherst, professor emerita of English, died Nov. 1 after a lengthy illness.

Born in Schoharie, N.Y., she was a 1947 graduate of the State University of New York at Albany. She went to earn her M.A. at Cornell in 1948 and her Ph.D. at the University of Missouri in 1954.

She taught at the University of Missouri, the College of William and Mary and Fisk University before she and her husband, the late Bernard Spivack, joined the English faculty in 1964.

She taught courses on Shakespeare, Renaissance drama and modern fantasy literature. Spivack wrote nine books and numerous articles about Renaissance and early modern and fantasy literature. In 1986, she received the Distinguished Teaching Award. Two years later, she was a gold medalist in the national Professor of the Year program sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, which also named her CASE Professor of the Year for Massachusetts.

In 1987, she was a Distinguished Faculty Lecturer and was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal.

She retired from the faculty in 2006.

Her husband died in 1992. She leaves her son Loren, daughter Karla and six grandchildren.

Funeral services are Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 10 a.m. at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst, with burial following in North Amherst Cemetery.